Filmmaker: Amanda Lipitz
Runtime: 83 min
Step is the true-life story of a girls’ high-school step team against the background of the heart of Baltimore. These young women learn to laugh, love and thrive – on and off the stage – even when the world seems to work against them. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counselors, coaches, and families, they chase their ultimate dreams: to win a step championship and to be accepted into college. This all-female school is reshaping the futures of its students’ lives by making it their goal to have every member of their senior class accepted to and graduate from college, many of whom will be the first in their family to do so. Deeply insightful and emotionally inspiring, STEP embodies the true meaning of sisterhood through a story of courageous young women worth cheering for.
About The Filmmaker
Amanda Lipitz is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and Tony Award-winning Broadway producer. Her directorial debut, “STEP,” premiered in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival which won the Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking. The film was released in theatres in 2017 by Fox Searchlight and is available now on DVD & digital. Known nationally for her short films she has made more than 30 documentaries for organizations such as Young Women’s Leadership Network, Citymeals on Wheels & the College Bound Initiative. Broadway credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde the Musical, The Performers, A View From the Bridge, (Tony Award, Best Play) The Humans (Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play). Lipitz graduated with a BFA in theater from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and now serves on the board of the school. She also recently became a trustee of NYU and serves on PONY (Playwrights of New York).