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Borger Ashe

On its way to its international premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on Sunday (October 10), Magnolia Pictures has acquired US theater rights to Borger Ashe, the documentary about the pioneering tennis champion Arthur Ashe.

Rex Miller and Sam Pollard directed the feature produced by Dogwoof for CNN Films and HBO Max. The film premiered on Telluride last month and opens in theaters in New York on December 3 and in Los Angeles on December 10 accompanied by an Oscar campaign.

Borger Ashe reveals the private person behind the historic Grand Slam titles and Ashes anti-racism and human rights activism. It features interviews with Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Johnnie Ashe and tennis legends Billie Jean King, John McEnroe, Donald Dell, Charlie Pasarell and Lenny Simpson as well as activist Professor Harry Edwards.

Dori Begley and John Von Thaden negotiated the theater deal on behalf of Magnolia Pictures with CNN Worldwide SVP business issue Stacey Wolf for CNN Films.

Beth Hubbard, Miller, Dogwoof CEO Anna Godas, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Steven Cantor and Jamie Schutz produced and the executive producers are David Acker, William Ackman, David Barden, Geralyn Dreyfous, Nina and David Fialkow, Alex Gibney, Patty Quillin, Rick Rosenthal, Regina K. Scully, Tony Tabatznik, David Ulich, Steven Ungerleider and Mike Jackson on behalf of Get Lifted Film Co. and his partners John Legend and Ty Stiklorius.

As previously announced, CNN Films will present the broadcast premiere, and the film will stream on HBO Max.

Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films have collaborated on Emmy nominees John Lewis: Good problems, Oscar- and Bafta-nominated RBG, Emmy-nominated Scandalous: The stated story of the national questioner, and Bafta-nominated Black fish.

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