GIRL RISING, Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins' new feature film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world, premiered last night in New York at the Paris Theatre.
Narrated by Cate Blanchett,Priyanka Chopra,Selena Gomez,Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloe Moretz, Liam Neeson, Frieda Pinto, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington, the movie is the centerpiece of 10x10 a global campaign to educate and empower girls.
The premiere hosted by Intel Corporation, Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions, and CNN Films drew Allison Williams, Lauren Bush Lauren, Sami Gayle, Claire Coffee, Jeff Zucker, John Hockenberry, Connie Chung, Holly Peterson, Cathie Black, Lesley Stahl and others to screen the film and support 10x10.
Girl Rising hits theaters today the eve of International Women's Day.
Using an innovative, demand-based theatrical distribution platform called Gathr, 438 screenings are currently being organized nationwide with more than 37,000 tickets pre-reserved. New screening requests are coming in at a rate of about 40 per day. Through Gathr, anyone anywhere in the United States can crowdsource Girl Rising into their local movie theaters.
Girl Rising has a traditional run through March 15 th in New York at Cinema Village, and in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Theatre.
Produced by award-winning former ABC News journalists of The Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions, Girl Rising is powered by strategic founding partner, Intel Corporation, and global television distribution partner, CNN Films.
"Girl Rising is about the formative impact education can have on a girl's life,"said director, Richard E. Robbins. "Girl Rising's nine stories represent millions of girls who deserve to go to school, but can't. Thanks to the remarkable organizing efforts of people around the country, Girl Rising will be seen by thousands around the nation who've demanded a screening. This is a new model for impact filmmaking, and one we hope can help us get girls into school."