“A singular experience and a marvelous portrait of adolescence.”
THE FITS (2015), a film by first-time writer-director Anna Rose Holmer stars Royalty Hightower as “Toni,” an 11-year-old tomboy becomes entranced with a dance troupe.
Eleven-year-old girl Toni is bewitched by the tight-knit dance team she sees practicing in the same Cincinnati rec center where she boxes. Enamored by the power and confidence of the strong community of girls, Toni spends less and less time boxing with her older brother. Instead, she becomes eagerly absorbed in the dance routines and masters drills, even piercing her ears to fit in with the older, more assured girls. But when a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni’s transformation and her desire for acceptance become more complicated.
An enigmatic coming-of-age story about a young African American girl’s transition out of childhood and the anxiety around growing up, the film debuted at the 2015 Venice International Film Festival, after having been developed at the Venice Biennale College. THE FITS (2015) also screened at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and 2016 New Directors/New Films Festival.
In theaters June 2016.
Director: Anna Rose Holmer
Writers: Saela Davis, Anna Rose Holmer
Stars: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Inayah Rodgers
Runtime: 72 minutes
Art and supplementary materials courtesy ©2016 of Anna Rose Holmer. An Oscilloscope Laboratories release. All rights are reserved.