|8:00PM||Live performance by the Q-Kidz|
|10:00PM||Q&A with Filmmaker Anna Rose Holmer|
(55 Water St., New York, NY 10041)
near Coenties Slip
55 Water St., New York, NY 10041
Rooftop Films and lululemon athletica present 2015 FIlm Fund Grantee The Fits on the green at Elevated Acre. The event is Free with an RSVP and includes a live performance by Cincinnati's Q-kidz!
The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer | USA | 72 min.)
Eleven-year-old Toni is a tomboy who is drawn from boxing with her brother to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati’s West End. Enamored by the power and confidence of this strong community of girls, Toni eagerly absorbs routines, masters drills, and even pierces her own ears to fit in. When a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni’s desire for acceptance becomes more complicated in this marvelous portrait of adolescence.
Presented in Partnership with: Oscilloscope Laboratories. In theaters June 3rd.
Q-Kidz Dance Team
The Q-Kidz Dance Team began 29 years ago in the West End of Cincinnati. The violence in the surrounding housing projects led Marquicia Jones-Woods to look for something the neighborhood kids could do after school to keep them safe and productive. Q-Kidz is far more than a dance team though. Marquicia -- Ms. Quicy (pronounced Kwee-cee) as she's known to all the girls -- and her 22-year-old identical twin daughters who choreograph the dances, Mariah and Chariah, devote themselves entirely to these girls.
First, they teach them how to dance, but more than that, they instill values about the importance of a good education, living drug free and stopping the violence in their community. The girls all refer to Ms Quicy as a second mom. Makyla Burnam, team captain, says, "Ms. Quicy has taught me everything that I need to know, about Drill, about Dance and about being myself - respecting myself as a young woman."