The Closer star Kyra Sedgwick will make her directorial debut with Lifetime movie Story Of A Girl, based on the novel by Sara Zarr, with The Following alum and her husband Kevin Bacon set to star. Production begins this September in Vancouver for a 2017 debut on Lifetime following the film’s festival run.
A powerful coming-of-age story, the film is about a teen who must deal with the ramifications of a sex video that goes viral. When a sex video of 13-year-old Deanna Lambert and Tommy, her older brother’s best friend, hits the Internet, her life of carefree innocence is changed forever. Three years later, Deanna is still dealing with the fallout of the video, including being branded the school slut and bearing the burden of the daily taunts from her classmates. Her home life is even more troublesome as her father’s anger and disappointment over the incident has left him unable to look her in the eye. Ready to move on, Deanna longs to escape a life defined by the mistakes of her past.
Story of a Girl is produced by Kikkosview. Golden Globe and Emmy winner Sedgwick produces and directs from a script written by Laurie Collyer (The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe) and Emily Bickford Lansbury (Work of Art: The Next Great Artist) who also produces. The film is also produced by Liz Levine and Adrian Salpeter of Random Bench (Toad Road). Ross Katz (Lost in Translation) is executive producer.
Sedgwick was tapped to direct the film as part of Lifetime’s Broad Focus initiative to provide women with more opportunities to write, direct and produce content for the network. This year to date, Lifetime has hired women to direct 30% of its movies and 40% of its scripted series episodes, according to the network.
Sedgwick is repped by CAA, Impression and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams.