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Sonja Hammer gets the opportunity to talk to Anna Rose Holmer the director, writer,producer of the indie film The Fits :”THE FITS is a psychological portrait of 11-year-old Toni—a tomboy assimilating to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati’s West End. Enamored by the power and confidence of this strong community of girls, Toni eagerly absorbs routines, masters drills, and even pierces her own ears to fit in. When a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni’s desire for acceptance is twisted.’ from The Fits website.

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“The Fits,” an effective and creepy-surreal film directed by first-timer Anna Rose Holmer. Her gaze is unblinking at times, whether she’s doing sit-ups, pull-ups, trying on earrings, or staring at the older girls in the locker room of the Cincinnati community center where she spends the majority of her time.”The Fits” weaves a spell with a mood of unnameable uneasiness. Being a girl seems to be the central problem, or maybe being a girl is not a problem at all. “The Fits” is the kind of film that asks more questions than it answers. The questions have echoing resonance. excerpt from Roger Ebert online.

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Anna Rose Holmer talks to Sonja about the experience of working with her best friends, Saela Davis & Lisa Kjerulff, on this ambitious and imaginative,surreal kind of film,brimming with the most captivating performances in a film in a long time,leading with Royalty Hightower who plays Toni.

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Anna chats about the cinematography,the sounds and score of the movie, and the real dance drill team called Q-Kids who lend an authenticity in this unique debut movie shot at a real life community center in Cincinnati.

Below,left to right: Royalty Hightower and Anna Rose Holmer

from the film "The Fits" poses for a portrait during the WireImage Portrait Studio hosted by Eddie Bauer at Village at The Lift on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah.

From the film “The Fits” poses for a portrait during the WireImage Portrait Studio hosted by Eddie Bauer at Village at The Lift on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah.

Thanks to ACMI for this opportunity to talk to Anna Rose Holmer.

attends "The Fits" Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Egyptian Theatre on January 25, 2016 in Park City, Utah.

“The Fits” Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Egyptian Theatre on January 25, 2016 in Park City, Utah.

Above left to right: Saela Davis,Lisa Kjerulff,Royalty Hightower and Anna Rose Holmer.

The Fits is playing in Melbourne exclusively at ACMI.

Below,left to right: Saela Davis,Lisa Kjerulff and Anna Rose Holmer 

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Written, Produced & Directed by Anna Rose Holmer

Story by Anna Rose Holmer, Saela Davis & Lisa Kjerulff

Produced by Lisa Kjerulff

 Starring

Royalty Hightower as Toni

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with

Alexis Neblett as Beezy

Da’Sean Minor as Jermaine

Lauren Gibson as Maia

Makyla Burnam as Legs

Inayah Rodgers as Karisma

Antonio A.B. Grant, Jr. as Donte

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and Featuring

The Q-Kidz Dance Team as The Lionesses

 Cinematography by Paul Yee

Edited by Saela Davis

Music by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans

Sound Designer and Re-recording Mixer Chris Foster

Production Designer Charlotte Royer

Associate Producer Marquicia Jones-Woods

Choreography by Mariah and Chariah Jones

Movement Consultant Celia Rowlson-Hall

Costume Designer Zachary Sheets

 

 

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