21CF and Fox Searchlight joined by Maryland elected officials for D.C. screening of documentary ‘STEP’


21st Century Fox and Fox Searchlight Pictures recently hosted a Washington, D.C., screening of the upcoming documentary “STEP,” which will hit theaters Friday, Aug. 4. The film tells the inspiring story of the “Lethal Ladies” step dance team at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women as they navigate the ups and downs of their senior year of high school, several aiming to become the first in their families to attend college. Following the screening, the audience enjoyed a panel discussion with “STEP” director Amanda Lipitz and the entire cast.

The screening for the documentary, which is set in Baltimore, was attended by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D- MD). 21CF EVP of Public Affairs Chip Smith and Fox Searchlight Pictures President Nancy Utley were also in attendance.

“21st Century Fox is a global media company that produces content which runs the gamut from blockbuster films, to breaking news and TV shows, to the world’s largest sporting events,” Chip remarked at the event. “But ultimately, all of the work we do is about one thing: telling stories that matter to people. And we’re here tonight to share one of those stories with you. ‘STEP’ is a celebration of the life-changing power of education and the arts, and we’re thrilled to support this project.”

Noting that he was a proud graduate of the Baltimore public school system, Sen. Cardin praised the film’s positive message: “This is a story about hope for our future. And after seeing the incredible young women in this film, I have no doubt that our future is in very good hands.”

Here are some photos from the screening and panel, as well as the trailer for “STEP”: