• [NEWS] "Rita Moreno" documentary movie coming to cinemas

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    From Variety.com ...

    Rita Moreno Documentary Lands at Roadside Attractions
    The story of Rita Moreno's triumphant career is coming to
    theaters this summer.

    Following its world premiere at this year's Sundance Film
    Festival, Roadside Attractions has acquired the rights to
    "Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It." It
    will debut in theaters on June 18.

    "Stars like Rita are few and far between, her showbiz
    story and personal remembrances resonate for a large,
    diverse audience, and the heights she continues to achieve
    are a true crowd pleasing uplift after the year we've all
    had," said Roadside Attractions co-presidents Howard Cohen
    and Eric d'Arbeloff.

    On behalf of the filmmakers, Matt Burke and Josh Braun of
    Submarine Entertainment negotiated the deal with Cohen and
    Angel An, Roadside Attractions' senior director of
    acquisitions. PBS' "American Masters" still holds a TV
    license for the documentary and will present the U.S.
    broadcast premiere after a broad theatrical release.

    "Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It" chronicles Moreno's
    decades-long career, from growing up in poverty on a farm in
    Puerto Rico to becoming an EGOT winner. It unveils the
    lesser-known struggles she faced on the path to stardom,
    including sexism and abuse in Hollywood, a toxic
    relationship with Marlon Brando and a period of depression
    the year before she won an Oscar.

    Ultimately, the Mariem Perez Riera-directed documentary
    presents Moreno's resilience in the face of adversity as
    she broke down barriers for Latino representation and forged
    a path for a new generation of artists. It includes
    interviews with Moreno, George Chakiris, Hector Elizondo,
    Gloria Estefan, Tom Fontana, Morgan Freeman, Mitzi Gaynor,
    Whoopi Goldberg, Norman Lear, Eva Longoria, Justina Machado,
    Terrence McNally, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Karen Olivo.

    "Rita is an incredible inspiration to so many, hers is a
    success story for all women who feel alone as they struggle
    to assert themselves with courage and bravery against heavy
    odds," Perez Riera said. "We are so thrilled to bring Rita to
    theaters for audiences to spend time with a woman who, when
    speaking about herself, speaks to and for a lot of us."

    Lear, Miranda, Michael Kantor, Lyn Davis Lear and Regina K.
    Scully serve as executive producers.


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