Virginia Madsen Will be Fighting Gravity


Variety reports that Virginia Madsen is teaming with Empire 8 Prods. and Vancouver-based Screen Siren on Fighting Gravity, a documentary about women ski jumpers’ ongoing battle for the right to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The film, which is currently in production, follows 15 athletes challenging the International Olympic Committee’s decision to bar them from the upcoming Games in Vancouver. The IOC has rejected a decade-long effort to include women jumpers in the Games, making ski jumping the only Olympic sport exclusively for men. The case is currently making its way through the Canadian court system.

Madsen and Karly Meola are producing through their Title IX Productions.

Alex Mar, a former producer for “MTV News” and editor at Rolling Stone, will direct.

Empire 8’s Nicholas Shumaker is also producing alongside Screen Siren’s Trish Dolman. Ryan Harrington (American Teen) is executive producing.