NEON is to release Sharp Edges, the original Tonya Harding movie, by NYWIFT member Sandra Luckow in its entirety.
Made 32 years ago as a Yale University senior thesis, Sharp Edges will be distributed in its entirety, world-wide, by NEON. Long before there was “the whack heard around the world,” or I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie and Academy Award winner Allison Janney, there was a 48 minute video shot on VHS tape of a 15 year old Tonya Harding going to her
first National Figure Skating Championships.
Clips of the film were licensed by filmmaker Sandra Luckow (Belly Talkers, That Way Madness Lies…), starting in 1994 during the scandal to CBS 60 Minutes: My Name is Tonya Harding and were seen over the years in a variety of documentaries: Anything to Win, the seminal ESPN 30 for 30 The Price of Gold, NBC’s Sochi Olympic special Nancy & Tonya and most recently ABC’s 20/20 Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story. Never before has the whole film been released publicly.
It was in “Truth and Lies”, that the I, Tonya star Margo Robbie talked extensively about the film. “There was this fantastic documentary made about Tonya Harding when she was 15 called Sharp Edges. Everything in that documentary just broke my heart.” Robbie frequently attributed the film when describing how she found a way into understanding Harding. Allison Janney’s look, and even some phrases, were taken directly from the interview of Tonya’s mother LaVona Golden in Sharp Edges.
“It was a good story 32 years ago and Yale recognized it without the scandal that followed 8 years later,“ said Luckow from her NYC apartment. “Now with all we do know of what happened, and with everyone’s revisionist history, it’s like finding a treasure of ‘social archeology.’ I recently showed it to an audience and they had no idea that skating’s school figures counted for 50% of the competition score! To them it was a bizarre ancient ritual. With the ability to look back, it is now, actually.”
Sharp Edges allows the viewer to turn back time to see a young woman’s life before the world weighed in on who she was or who she would become or who was to blame for a series of events that rocked the skating world. It was shot just a few months before she would meet Jeff Gillooly, before her destiny seemed set.
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Five Videos of the Real Tonya Harding You Need to Watch.
Theatrical release is July 6 for 1 week only in NYC and LA. Luckow will be on hand in NYC 6th-8th and in LA from the 8th-12th. It is scheduled for VOD/EST release on July 17th and will be streamed on Hulu starting August 3.
Sharp Edges - One week theatrical release
NYC - Village East Cinema
181-189 2nd Avenue
New York, New York
Q&A with filmmaker Sandra Luckow and guest 7/6 - 7/8
LA - Music Hall
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Q&A with filmmaker Sandra Luckow and guest 7/9 - 7/12
Global Release VOD/EST platforms 7/17
Hulu streaming begins 8/3
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Last updated: Jun. 27, 2018