Kyra Sedgwick, the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actress best known for her role in The Closer, will make her directorial debut with Lifetime’s Story of a Girl, which is based on the novel of the same name by Sara Zarr. The feature film is a powerful and timely coming-of-age story about a teen who must deal with the ramifications of a sex video that goes viral. Segwick’s husband, Kevin Bacon, is also set to star. Production begins this September in Vancouver for a 2017 debut on Lifetime following the film’s festival run.
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. This project should provide an opportunity for parents and teens to discuss just how life changing a seemingly innocuous video can be. In today’s world of instant social media exposure, it is important to examine just how families (who are not the Kardashians) deal with the fallout.
Story of a Girl is produced by Kikkosview. Sedgwick produces and directs. Script is 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 is represented by CAA, Impression and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams.
Broad Focus is Lifetime’s major 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. This is compared to the industry average of 9% of feature films directed by women and 12% of episodic television. Women also constitute 59% of the network’s movie and scripted series writers and 43% of its executive producers.
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