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Neon To Release Sandra Luckow's "Sharp Edges," The Original Tonya Harding Documentary

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Before I, Tonya and "the incident," there was Sharp Edges, the documentary made thirty-two years ago by Yale University student Sandra Luckow as part of her senior thesis, now acquired by NEON and set for a one week theatrical run.

Following its successful awards campaign with I, Tonya, NEON has acquired worldwide rights to the documentary and will distribute it in theaters for one week beginning on July 6th. 

Sharp Edges features a 15 year old Tonya Harding going to her first National Figure Skating Championships. The film includes interviews with both Tonya and her now infamous mother, LaVona Golden (played by Academy Award winner Allison Janney in I, Tonya).


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The documentary provided invaluable background for the cast and filmmakers of I, Tonya and clips from the film have been licensed over the years in numerous shows ranging from 60 Minutes to ESPN 30 for 30 The Price of Gold and most recently 20/20's Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story. 

Sharp Edges will be playing in New York at the Village East Cinema and in Los Angeles at the Music Hall beginning on Friday, July 6th for a one week run. The filmmaker, Sandra Luckow, will be in attendance for various Q&A's during the film's theatrical run. The film will be released globally on VOD/EST on July 17th and streaming on Hulu beginning August 3rd. 

ABOUT NEON:

Founded in 2016, NEON is an award winning independent film distribution studio.  Its debut film was Nacho Vigalondo's Colossal, starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis.  NEON was an active player at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, acquiring Reinaldo Marcus Green's Monsters & Men, winner of the Sundance Dramatic Special Jury Award for Outstanding First Feature; Sam Levinson's Assassination Nation; and Tim Wardle's Three Identical Strangers, winner of the Sundance Special Jury Award for Storytelling. 


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NEON had a record breaking year with the release of the runaway hit winner I, Tonya, directed by Craig Gillespie, starring Margot Robbie and 2018 Oscar Winner for Best Supporting, Actress Allison Janney. Eliza Hittman's Sundance Award Winner Beach Rats, Matt Spicer's Sundance and Spirit Award Winner Ingrid Goes West; Laura Poitras's RISK, Ana Lily Amirpour's Venice Award Winner The Bad Batch and Errol Morris', The B-Side.  Other recent NEON releases include Aaron Katz's Gemini; and the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival Opening Night film by Janus Metz, Borg Vs McEnroe; and Coralie Fargeat's groundbreaking feature film debut Revenge.

After their successful collaboration on I, Tonya in January 2018, 30WEST (Dan Friedkin's and Micah Green's strategic venture) partnered with NEON's Tom Quinn (Founder & CEO) and Tim League (Co-Founder) to become the majority investors in the company.

 

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