The Women Sports Film Festival uses the power of documentary film to celebrate female athletes and the filmmakers who bring their stories to the screen. From legendary champions to girls on
The Women Sports Film Festival uses the power of documentary film to celebrate female athletes and the filmmakers who bring their stories to the screen.
From legendary champions to girls on the local playing field, we promote films and conversations that explore how sport shapes the lives of women and girls around the world.
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- Day 3
- September 26, 2019
7:00pm At the Heart of Gold 7:00pm - 8:30pmDirected by Erin Lee Carr. Expected Guests: Athlete Trinea Gonczar, Athlete Amanda Thomashow, Producers Dr Steven Ungerleider and David Ulich. Moderated by Dr. Brenda Wade. Featuring brave testimonials from the athletes at the center of the story, director Erin Lee Carr’s powerful documentary, At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, reveals a dangerous system that prioritized winning over everything else, including protecting young female athletes Through interviews with dozens of survivors, as well as coaches, lawyers and journalists, the film exposes an environment in which young women spent their youth competing for victory on a world stage, juxtaposed against a culture where abuse was hidden, and lives were forever damaged. But the film also focuses on their efforts to fight back and earn the most important title of their lives: survivor.
- September 28, 2019
1:00pm SPORTY SHORTS COLLECTION 20191:00pm - 2:30pmVarious directors. Expected Guests: Director Jeannie Donohoe, GAME, Moderated by Niema Jordan. This diverse collection of short films takes you into the hearts and minds of an inspiring array of athletes from around the world.
Films #DirectedbyWomen in the program include:
Chasing the Sublime directed by Amanda Bluglass
Game directed by Jeannie Donohoe
Right to Play directed by Nina Holmgren
Sarah directed by Boryana Ivanova
GoPro: Roberta Mancino's Wingsuit Flight Over Volcano directed by Roberta Mancino and Sebastian Alvarez
3:30pm Power Meri3:30pm - 5:00pmDirected by Joanna Lester. Expected Guests: Director Joanna Lester, Moderated by Jennifer Matt.
Proud, strong and hopeful, the pioneering women in the Papua New Guinea Orchids (PNG) team have overcome more challenges than most to play their much-loved national sport of rugby. But after years of playing at the grassroots level, they have just three months to transform themselves into a competitive national team.
Power Meri takes audiences on a journey through rarely-seen corners of PNG and behind the scenes of women’s sport. It follows the Orchids through selection trials, arduous training with a fly-in-fly-out Australian coaching mentor, and diverse personal struggles as they face the world champion Australian Jillaroos and compete at the world cup.
But their mission is greater than winning. In a country with appalling rates of domestic violence, sport is one of the few arenas in which PNG women can show their strength. If they can perform like men on the rugby field, can they change attitudes about the treatment and status of women back home?
7:00pm Knocking Down the Fences - World Premiere7:00pm - 7:15pmDirected by Meg Shutzer. Expected Guests: Meg Shutzer, Director.
A documentary about AJ Andrews, the first woman to win a Rawlings Gold Glove, and her struggle to make it as one of the best professional softball players in the world.
Screens Before Hardball: The Girls of Summer
september 26 (Thursday) - 28 (Saturday) PT