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Amanda Lipitz hopes her documentary “Step” will show a side of inner-city Baltimore not usually found in today’s headlines.

Amanda Lipitz grew up loving musicals and learning how to give back. These passions — plus a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, an internship at Nickelodeon and a post-graduate job with a Broadway producer — put the 36-year-old Owings Mills native on the entertainment industry fast track.

Lipitz’s foray into creating documentaries led to her most significant achievement to date. The feature-length documentary “Step,” directed and produced by Lipitz, follows the first graduating class of an all-girls high school in inner-city Baltimore as they compete on the school’s step team and strive to be the first in their families to attend college — all against the backdrop of Freddie Gray’s death in April 2015 and the subsequent unrest in Baltimore.

“Step” opens in theaters nationwide on Aug. 4. Lipitz, having just touched down in New York after a trip to Israel, recently talked with Jmore about “Step.”

Click here to read the full interview.