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Shiri in A Time For Dancing announcement

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SHOWTIME Presents ‘A Time for Dancing’
Monday August 4, 11:14 am ET

NEW YORK, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ — Showtime Networks Inc. has acquired East of Doheny Productions’ feature debut “A Time For Dancing,” directed by Peter Gilbert. Based on a true story retold in the book by Davida Wills Hurwin, the film is a poignant account of a gifted young woman who fights to fulfill her dreams despite having been diagnosed with a serious illness. “A Time For Dancing” will have its U.S. premiere on SHOWTIME in 2004.

Jules, Larisa Oleynik (“10 Things I Hate About You”), has dreamed of studying dance at Julliard since she was a child. With an abundance of talent and ambition, Jules concentrates on this mission single-mindedly at the expense of her social life as well as her relationship with boyfriend Eli, Scott Vickaryous (Romy and Michelle). Her best friend and dance buddy Sam played by Shiri Appleby (“Swimfan”), has followed her nearly every step of the way but struggles without a sense of her own identity. With her audition steps rehearsed to perfection, all that stands between Jules and her dream is a routine physical and the chance to shine for the Julliard selection committee. However, the bonds of family and friendship are unexpectedly tested when prior to her physical a nagging pain turns out to be much more serious than previously thought. Jules, Sam and her entire family discover the importance of love and acceptance through the life lessons this crisis presents.

Playing the role of Jules’ father William is Peter Coyote (“A Walk To Remember”); Jackie, Sam’s mother, is portrayed by Amy Madigan (“Pollock”), Patricia Kalember (“Signs”) plays Jules’ mother, while her brother, Jackson, is played by Anton Yelchin (“Hearts In Atlantis”). Lynn Whitfield (“The Josephine Baker Story”) is Linda, Jules’s dance teacher. The screenplay was written by Kara Lindstrom.

Negotiating on behalf of Showtime Networks Inc. was Vice President of Acquisitions Gary Garfinkel.