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[05/09/17 - 12:24 PM]
Elizabeth Smart's Story Will Be Told in Her Own Words in a Cross-Network Event Airing on Lifetime and A&E
Marking the 15-year anniversary of her abduction, the movie is told from her perspective and with her full participation.

[via press release from Lifetime]

MARKING THE 15-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HER ABDUCTION, ELIZABETH SMART'S STORY WILL BE TOLD IN HER OWN WORDS IN A CROSS-NETWORK EVENT AIRING ON LIFETIME AND A&E

Original Lifetime Movie I Am Elizabeth Smart Stars SKEET ULRICH, DEIRDRE LOVEJOY, and ALANA BODEN With SMART Producing and Narrating

Two-Part Biography Special Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography Will Air on A&E

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 9, 2017) - Production is currently underway on the upcoming Lifetime Original Movie, I Am Elizabeth Smart, the authorized film about the harrowing kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart. Marking the 15-year anniversary of her abduction, the movie is told from her perspective and with her full participation.Skeet Ulrich (Riverdale, Jericho) has been tapped to portray Brian David Mitchell, Smart's kidnapper and captor for nine months, alongside Deirdre Lovejoy (The Blacklist, The Wire) as co-conspirator Wanda Barzee, and Alana Boden (Ride) will play Elizabeth. The film will air on Lifetime later this year as part of a cross-network event along with A&E Network's new two-part Biography nonfiction special, Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography (working title).

In June 2002, Elizabeth Ann Smart (Boden) was a naïve 14-year-old girl when she was abducted from her Salt Lake City home by a religious fanatic Brian Mitchell (Ulrich). He brought her to a hilly encampment where, with his twisted accomplice Wanda Barzee (Lovejoy), he held Elizabeth captive. She was starved, drugged, raped and subjected to bizarre religious rituals until, nine months later, she enabled her own rescue. A film about the kidnapping was rushed on the air shortly after the incident, but it shied away from the reality of what Elizabeth went through. Now, in I Am Elizabeth Smart, Elizabeth herself, as a producer and on-screen narrator, explores how she survived and confronts the truths and misconceptions about her captivity.

In the revealing two-part Biography special, Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography, Elizabeth Smart provides previously untold details of her infamous abduction and 9-month nightmare in the grasp of her bizarre and cruel captors. Now 29 years old, Elizabeth shares the perspective she's gained on the agonizing ordeal she endured at the tender age of 14. Marking the 15-year anniversary, Elizabeth, her close family, law enforcement and eyewitnesses reveal new information about the harrowing child abduction case that galvanized the attention of a nation - as well as her remarkable recovery, marriage, motherhood, and advocacy on behalf of victims.

I Am Elizabeth Smart is executive produced by Steve Michaels, Jonathan Koch and Joan Harrison of Asylum Entertainment and Allison Berkley and Joseph Freed of Marwar Junction Productions.Barbara Lieberman and Tom Patricia also executive produce the movie with Elizabeth Smart serving as producer. Sarah Walker directs from a teleplay by Tory Walker.

Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography is produced by Asylum Entertainment in association with Marwar Junction Productions. Executive producers for Asylum Entertainment are Steve Michaels and Jonathan Koch along with David Michaels and executive producers for Marwar Junction are Allison Berkley and Joseph Freed.Executive producers for A&E are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Amy Savitsky and Brad Abramson.

A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for I Am Elizabeth Smart and Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography.

ABOUT LIFETIME

Lifetime is a premier entertainment destination for women dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning scripted series, non-fiction series and movies. The critically acclaimed UnREAL, Project Runway, Dance Moms, Bring It!, The Rap Game and Little Women franchises anchor the network's programming, in addition to its over 25 original movies annually that continue to define the TV movie genre. In 2015, Lifetime launched Broad Focus, a major global initiative dedicated to supporting and hiring female directors, writers and producers to make its content which totals over 450 original hours. Lifetime's Fempire positions the network as a curator of feminist content and conversations, as well as a place where women connect, learn and are entertained. Lifetime Television(R), LMN(R), Lifetime Real Women(R) and Lifetime Digital(TM) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

ABOUT A&E

A&E leads the cultural conversation through high-quality, thought provoking original programming with a unique point of view. Whether it's the network's distinctive brand of award-winning disruptive reality, groundbreaking documentary, or premium scripted drama, A&E always makes entertainment an art. The A&E website is located at aetv.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/aetv and Facebook at facebook.com/AETV.





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