Anna Rose Holmer’s “The Fits” purchased by Oscilloscope Laboratories


Congrats to Anna Rose Holmer, whose debut feature film The Fits was just acquired by independent distribution company Cheap Oscilloscope Laboratories, just days before the Sundance Film Festival premiere. It was also just announced as part of the initial lineup for New Directors New Films Purchase Purchase .

Director Anna Rose Holmer will also be joining us for our two-day workshop Documentary Fundraising: The Art of Asking, to lead a presentation and discussion on tips and tricks for funding an independent film; including grant writing and making a fundraising trailer. This workshop is meant to help independent filmmakers to create a robust understanding of the fundraising landscape for independent documentaries as well as be prepared to assemble the best possible proposal while approaching potential funders; fully equiped with guest speakers, exercises, and discussions. For more detailed information on the workshop and how to register: online


Trailer for The Fits:

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Toni, a tomboyish boxer, lands a spot on an after- school drill team in the West End community of Cincinnati. Enamored by the power and confidence of the team, Toni eagerly absorbs routines, masters drills, and even pierces her own ears to fit in. As Toni descends deeper into the girls’ world, the lingering nostalgia for her brother’s guidance fades away. We witness the joy of her first friendships and her discovery of dance. Yet, she grapples with her individual identity amid her newly defined social sphere. Shortly after Toni joins the team, the captain faints during practice. By the end of the week, most of the girls on the team suffer from episodes of fainting, swooning, and shaking in a seemingly uncontrollable catharsis. The adults in their community cannot explain the mysterious outbreak. Tension mounts. Soon, these fits transform into a rite of passage as the trauma draws the other girls closer together. Caught between her need for control and her desire for acceptance, Toni must decide how far she will go to embody her new ideals.