HBO Documentary Films has acquired U.S. TV rights to How To Dance In Ohio, which will have its world premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival’s World Documentary Competition. It will debut on HBO later this year.
Directed by Alexandra Shiva, the pic follows a group of young people in Columbus, Ohio, with an array of developmental challenges as they prepare for a spring formal dance. They spend 12 weeks confronting and practicing their social skills as they prepare for the big event, working with a psychologist to deconstruct fear and social anxiety one step at a time by picking dates, dresses, and a prom king and queen.
The Film Sales Company president Andrew Herwitz made the deal on behalf of Shiva with HBO. It’s an HBO Documentary Films presentation of a Gidalya Pictures film in association with Blumhouse Productions; Jason Blum is executive producer and Shiva and Bari Pearlman are producers.
The deal was negotiated by Andrew Herwitz, President of the Film Sales Company, on behalf of the filmmaker with HBO.