“Woman on Fire”FilmRise
has acquired two female-led films directed by women in the span of a couple of days. Variety reports that the Brooklyn-based company has secured worldwide VOD and digital rights to Ingrid Jungermann
’s award-winning “Women Who Kill
” and a press release announced that they’ve also nabbed exclusive worldwide rights to Julie Sokolow
’s “Woman On Fire
,” a portrait of a history-making trans woman.
“Women Who Kill
” premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, where the comedy-thriller took home the narrative feature screenplay award. The film is “a love triangle between two true crime podcasters and a potential murderer,” writer-director Jungermann told us. The story was inspired by her “unhealthy obsession with ‘Serial,’ … history of failed relationships, and a desire to deconstruct romantic comedy structure. I wanted to make a movie that felt both familiar and foreign and tap into the universal problem of loneliness,” she explained.
Jungermann co-created “The Slope
” and created “F to 7th
,” both of which are web series.
“Women Who Kill
” stars Annette
O’Toole (“Halt and Catch Fire
”), Tami Sagher
(“Inside Amy Schumer
”), Sheila Vand
(“24: Legacy”), and Jungermann, and will be released theatrically by Film Collaborative, a non-profit. No word on when it will hit theaters.
“It is an honor to work with FilmRise
and The Film Collaborative and we are all thrilled to share ‘Women Who Kill
’ with audiences everywhere,” said Jungermann. “I wanted to make a film that took my appreciation of classic film genres — romantic comedies, mysteries, and a dash of horror — and twist it up into something that resembles a heightened version of my own life experience.”
“Woman On Fire
” made its world premiere at Doc NYC in 2016. The film follows Brooke Guinan
, New York City’s first openly transgender firefighter. The doc “captures Brooke’s transition and her struggle for acceptance in what is still an overwhelmingly male-dominated profession,” according to its official synopsis.
“I first learned about Brooke when a photo of her went viral. She’s standing tall in her firefighting helmet and a shirt that reads, ‘So Trans So What,’ Sokolow recalled in an interview with us. “The photo was accompanied by interviews with Brooke and her father George, a respected Fdny lieutenant with 35 years on the job. He’s also a devout Christian and Republican.” The director explained, “Brooke and her father’s relationship seemed to embody the polarized political forces in America today. I wanted to explore what it was like for them to coexist in the same family and workplace.”
Sokolow’s other directing credits include docs “The John Show
” and “Aspie Seeks Love
To coincide with Pride Month, “Woman On Fire
” will have a public screening June 5 at Bam Rose Cinemas. Guinan will be honored as a Grand Marshal of this year’s Lgbt Pride March in NYC.
“We feel privileged to be able to share Brooke Guinan
’s remarkable story of strength and resilience,” said Danny Fisher
, CEO of FilmRise
. “Julie Sokolow
has crafted a sincere and timely documentary that we believe will resonate with viewers everywhere.”
Further release info about “Woman On Fire
” has yet to be announced.
“Women Who Kill
” and “Woman on Fire” Acquired by FilmRise
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