Vertical Entertainment has acquired the North America distribution rights to Miss Virginia, a drama inspired by a true story of a struggling inner-city mother who sacrifices everything to give her son a good education. Unwilling to allow her son to stay in a dangerous school, she launches a movement that could save his future – and that of thousands like him. Starring Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is the New Black”), Matthew Modine (“Stranger Things”), Aunjanue Ellis (The Help), and Vanessa Williams (“Ugly Betty”). Vertical Entertainment will be releasing the film in select theaters and on VOD October 18th.
“The Miss Virginia team is delighted to partner with Vertical in bringing the inspiring true story of Virginia Walden Ford to audiences across the US,” said writer-producer Erin O’Connor, in a statement distributed to the press. “Her story is one of grit, determination, and the transformative power of a mother who refuses to give up on her son.”
The film was directed by R. J. Daniel Hanna from a script by Erin O’Connor and produced by M. Elizabeth Hughes, Stacey Parks, Maurice Black, Erin O’Connor, and Rob Pfaltzgraff; executive produced by Virginia Walden Ford and Nick Reid. Miss Virginia was lensed by Director of Photography Nancy Schreiber, who previously lensed the documentary Tab Hunter Confidential and edited by Brian Scofield. The production was designed by Grace Alie. Two-time Emmy nominee Laura Karpman scored. The film was produced by MPI.