discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real-life subscription streaming service launched earlier this year, has announced the acquisition of LILY TOPPLES THE WORLD, the 2021 SXSW Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. This film tells the coming of age story of 20-year-old Lily Hevesh – the world’s most acclaimed domino artist and the only woman in her field.
Filmed for over 3 years across countless cities and featuring appearances by Jimmy Fallon, Katy Perry, Will Smith, YouTuber Casey Neistat, and a steady stream of Gen-Z creators, LILY TOPPLES THE WORLD is a unique portrait of an artist, a story of how passion and artistry can make dreams come true, and an unlikely American tale of a quiet Chinese adoptee who transforms into a global artistic force with over 1 billion YouTube views. Directed by Jeremy Workman (The World Before Your Feet) and executive produced by Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), in her first film in a producing role, LILY TOPPLES THE WORLD, will launch globally this Summer on discovery+.
“Lily is one of the most talented young artists in the world and we are so excited to share this heart-warming documentary alongside a compelling slate of new original docs,” said Lisa Holme, Group SVP, Head of Content & Commercial Strategy for Discovery. Inc. “The combination of Lily’s visually stunning projects, complemented by her inspiring personal story makes this a can’t miss doc.
Director Jeremy Workman states “LILY TOPPLES THE WORLD is a coming of age story of a quiet young woman who speaks with her art and finds confidence and self-assuredness through her craft. I’m thrilled to partner with discovery+ to highlight this amazing woman!”
“Lily is an absolute force. She is an incredible artist who believes in the magic of her own dreams and her story is one every person will be able to see themselves in. She’s the role model I wish I had growing up, and I can’t wait for the world to hear her story,” says executive producer Kelly Marie Tran.
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2021 San Francisco International Film Festival, LILY TOPPLES THE WORLD is directed by Jeremy Workman; produced by Jeremy Workman and Robert J. Lyons; executive producer, Kelly Marie Tran. The deal was negotiated by Josh Braun of Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.
In addition, discovery+ will launch a slate of new documentaries from talented filmmakers from around the world. From a look at a Bronx educator who is on a mission to change the way students eat, to a tale of two brothers who took different paths in life, to the inspiring story of a disabled performance artist and break dancer, discovery+ will take audiences on a diverse and enlightening journey this year.