The inspirational docu about Kevin Laue, the first one-armed athlete to play college basketball, is Cinipix‘s first pick-up following its infusion of cash from Wall Streeters Howard Silverman and Neil Grossman’s Toast & Jam Holdings. Cinipix has taken US rights to the film directed by Franklin Martin (Hurricane Season, Walking On Dead Fish) and is eyeing a fall theatrical release. It’s no wonder filmmakers describe Long Shot as “Blindside and Soul Surfer meets Hoop Dreams.” 6’11” Laue, born with a left arm that ended at the elbow, overcame adversity to play center on scholarship for Manhattan College’s Division I squad. Cinipix is also developing a feature adaptation of Long Shot with Martin’s Dutchmen Films and Billy Raftery to be exec produced by Julian McMahon, Charles Loventhal and Dain Blair. Meanwhile, the production, acquisition and distribution company’s slate femme action thriller Raze starring Rachel Nichols and Zoe Bell set for release via IFC Midnight, as well as the thriller Devil’s Ink and horror pic Parlor.
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