Showtime Documentary Films has acquired worldwide rights to the documentary Cusp, from first-time feature directors Parker Hill and Isabel Bethencourt. Showtime plans to release the pic in theaters later this year, ahead of its network premiere.
Set in a small military town in Texas and filmed in vérité style, Cusp follows three wild-spirited teenager girls as they live out a fever-dream summer, watching as the strictures of adolescence clash with their growing desire for personal agency. The coming-of-age doc captures authentic moments of female friendship, while also addressing what it means to grow up in a culture of toxic masculinity. Premiering earlier this year at Sundance, the pic earned its directors the festival’s Emerging Filmmaker Special Jury Award.
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Wednesday’s acquisition announcement was made by Vinnie Malhotra, Executive Vice President, Nonfiction Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.
“We are thrilled to be working with Parker and Isabel, who, much like their subjects, are on their own cusp with this emotional and striking first feature,” said Malhotra. “The raw intimacy they capture, and the stories they draw from their subjects, are incredible when you consider where they are in their careers.”
“We are honored to be partnering with Vinnie and the team at SHOWTIME to share CUSP with audiences around the world,” added Hill and Bethencourt. “Their fearless dedication to uplifting bold and unflinching stories is inspiring. We’re forever grateful to the incredible young women who shared their lives with us, and we hope that their bravery and strength encourage others to feel less alone and speak up.”
Cusp is produced by Zachary Luke Kislevitz (Port Authority) for Kislevitz Films, along with Hill and Bethencourt. Executive producers include Chris Columbus and Eleanor Columbus for Maiden Voyage Pictures, Joe Plummer and Jenifer Westphal of Wavelength, and Caitlin Gold and Naomi McDougall Jones of The 51 Fund.
A writer-director and photographer who graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Hill debuted her thesis film, One Good Pitch, at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Her short film Homing In played at the BFI London Film Festival in 2017.
Also graduating from NYU, Bethencourt is a filmmaker and photographer, whose work as a director and cinematographer has been published by the Wall Street Journal, ESPN, GQ and Teen Vogue.
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