Toe to Toe tells the story of the friendship and rivalry between lacrosse teammates Tosha and Jesse, two senior girls at a competitive Washington, D.C. prep school. The two forge a close bond on the lacrosse field, but their friendship unravels as they navigate through gender, sexuality, race and class-related obstacles.
“Toe to Toe’s observations about race, class and friendship are clear and accessible without being overly didactic. Ms. Abt provides an unusually honest, compassionate and challenging view of contemporary youth, neither sugarcoated nor prurient.”
Toe to Toe tells the story of the friendship and rivalry between lacrosse mates Tosha and Jesse, two senior girls at a competitive Washington, D.C. prep school. Tosha (played by Sonequa Martin-Green of “Star Trek:Discovery" and "The Walking Dead") is a scholarship student from one of Washington's poorest neighborhoods. Jesse (played by Louisa Krause of "The Girlfriend Experience") is a rebellious, troubled girl from the ritzy suburbs of Maryland. The two forge a close and genuine bond on the lacrosse field but their friendship unravels as they navigate through gender, sexuality, race and class related obstacles. When Jesse and Tosha discover they've both been dating the same boy, their conflict becomes explosive. Toe to Toe is a powerful reminder that those who test us often make us better. Premiered in Dramatic Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, distributed by Strand Releasing.
“Toe to Toe is essential viewing for all academics and students interested in looking at race relations and teenage sexuality with a critical eye.”
“Toe to Toe springs out with an emotional verve and confidence.”
“Toe to Toe is unafraid to be challenging and deal with issues that most films skirt.”
“Toe to Toe features unforgettable, standout lead performances.”