Cinpix, a new Hollywood studio funded by a pair of veteran Wall Street financiers, has acquired its first film, the documentary "Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story."
Laue was born with one arm due to poor prenatal blood circulation but refused to let that derail his dreams of becoming a basketball player. The 6-foot 11-inch California native now plays for Manhattan College.
Cinipix, launched in March, also will produce a feature film based on Laue's story, with Franklin Martin, who wrote and directed the documentary, directing. His Dutchmen Films will produce alongside Billy Raftery.
"The unique connectivity sports has with audiences is very special and when you see a true, heartfelt and inspiring story play out, like Kevin Laue's, the emotions reverberate and you know millions of others will feel the same way," Cinipix CEO Todd Slater said in a statement. "This is why we are excited to bring the original documentary to theaters in the U.S. and are compelled to re-create the amazing story in a new feature film."
Cinipix is one of several film companies in the constellation of Toast & Jam Holdings, formed by veteran financiers Neil Grossman and Howard Silverman. Other subsidiaries include animation company Cosmic Toast Studios and rental production company Cinirents.
Cinpix already announced it will produce "Newcomers," a film about a former astronaut who saves Earth from an alien invasion.