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In “STEP,” Ms. Lipitz’s documentary feature, she follows the school’s 19-member team, the Lethal Ladies, during their senior year. The girls prepare for a competition — and for the rest of their lives. Will they get into college? And if they do, will they be able to afford it? All the while, step is their release, their lifeline. “I believe you see who they really are when they step,” Ms. Lipitz said.
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“I made [the film], really, for the girls. I wanted them to see what I saw in them and how incredible they were,” says Lipitz. “I also wanted to change the conversation about Baltimore. That was always part of my initial pitch to the families, and then it became even more important after Freddie Gray’s death. It gave them a reason, a purpose.”
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"I have been thinking about all of your films, and I realize the common thread between all of us is the mothers in our films [...] That is the common thread, and it's so interesting that these mothers, these women, are the ones holding these communities together."
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