In the testosterone-fueled sport of powerlifting, the last person one expects to see is a slight, 95-pound, 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl. Since she began competitively lifting at the age of eight, under the coaching of her father, Naomi “Supergirl” Kutin has consistently shocked spectators and lifters alike, lifting close to three times her bodyweight and breaking one record after another. Nicknamed “Supergirl” by her parents, she has become an international media sensation, appearing on multiple television shows and amassing thousands of fans on social media. SUPERGIRL follows Naomi’s transformation into a young woman as she prepares for her Bat Mitzvah and simultaneously trains for the biggest powerlifting competition in North America, where she hopes to set a new all time world record. Along with the universal struggles of adolescence, Naomi faces a series of complex challenges from religious obligations, to cyberbullying, to serious health problems that jeopardize her ability to continue powerlifting. As Naomi comes of age and confronts these issues, her true strength and character are revealed. Three years in the making, the film is almost ready to premiere on the big screen and is launching a Kickstarter campaign to help propel the film from post-production to audiences around the country. A strong coming-of-age story, Supergirl has the power to inspire wide audiences everywhere, athletes and adolescents alike. Director Jessie Auritt joins us for a conversation of the making of Supergirl and the crowd source finances needed to bring the film to a wider audience.
Please visit the Supergirl kickstarter page here: bit.ly/supergirlks