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Penny Marshall to Direct Biopic Of First Female Baseball Hall of Famer
by Pretty Tough
posted December 13, 2014 at 3:44pm

A League Of Their Own director Penny Marshall is swinging at a baseball biopic about Effa Manley, the sports trailblazer who became the first woman to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. I love this announcement for so many reasons. First, A Le...more

“Fight Like a Girl ” Documentary Tells Tales of Overcoming Struggles
by Wombat Sports
posted December 8, 2014 at 10:03am

There is never a singular reason to pursue boxing and not one mindset to train in it. This is one of the many lessons from Jill Morley’s award winning documentary “Fight Like a Girl”, which saw it’s major release to most formats t...more

“Glena” Documentary Goes Inside Motherhood, Starting Late, and Tackling Struggles in WMMA
by Wombat Sports
posted September 27, 2014 at 3:47pm

For 15 minutes, Glena Avila is a warrior in a cage and the person people cheer (or sometimes boo) for. Outside the arena, she is a warrior in a different way. Showtime premiered “Glena” Thursday night which followed Avila for a year as she en...more

Glena Avila Documentary Accepted to SlamDance Film Festival
by Wombat Sports
posted December 4, 2013 at 9:03am

The long awaited documentary about Oregon MMA fighter Glena Avila has been accepted as an entry into the prestigious SlamDance Film Festival. Emmy award winning filmmaker Allan Luebke and producer Josh Leake followed Avila for two years as she was&n...more

Documentary aims to dispel myth that "no one is interested in women's sports"#heresproof
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted November 28, 2013 at 6:40pm

The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota, in partnership with tptMN, will debut a groundbreaking documentary that uses research to examine the amount and type of coverage given to female athletes. Titled...more

Nine for IX, Part III: The Biographies
by Title IX Blog
posted August 14, 2013 at 8:44am

The middle of the ESPN's Nine for IX series is comprised of biographies of individual athletes. In this post I discuss films 4 and 5 which feature two very different athletes: former collegiate and professional basketball player Sheryl Swoopes; and freedi...more

“Fight Like a Girl” Boxing Documentary to Premier Saturday
by Wombat Sports
posted August 1, 2013 at 9:04pm

Four female boxers tell their story of struggles and success in the long awaited documentary “Fight Like a Girl” which will have its first screening in Hamilton, NY this coming Saturday. Maureen Shea, Jill Morley, Kimberly Tomes, and Susan Me...more

New documentary looks at locker-room access for women covering sports
by Sports, Media & Society
posted July 2, 2013 at 10:36pm

Although ESPN has made dozens of documentaries for its acclaimed "30 for 30" film series, the number of those films that focused on women could be counted on one hand. But a new film series, "Nine for IX," will turn the network's lens to women over the n...more

Joan Benoit Samuelson & Kathrine Switzer
by TJ's Turf
posted February 25, 2013 at 8:16am

There's an exciting week ahead for women runners as well as running fans in general.From a personal standpoint, these celebrations of leaders in women's running couldn't have come at a better time. I'm working on a number of projects relate...more

Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away Movie Review
by Sports Girls Play
posted December 27, 2012 at 8:58am

As long time Cirque du Soleil fans, my daughters and I have been anxiously waiting for the new Cirque movie, Worlds Away, to come to theaters. Today was the day and we opted to see it in 3D. When we bought our tickets we were given our cool Cirque du S...more

Ultrarunner Nikki Kimball is looking for traction on documentary project
by Pretty Tough
posted December 8, 2012 at 8:06am

I recently received the following email from extraordinary ultrarunner Nikki Kimball. Read on – and if you can help support the film in any way, please do so. It’s a worthwhile project with a great message!   I am writing to ask for you...more

Women’s Ski Jumping documentary wins prestigious Banff Film Festival award
by anngaff
posted November 5, 2012 at 8:25pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 5, 2012 – The documentary film Ready To Fly has been awarded “Best Feature-Length Mountain Film” at the prestigious Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.  Ready To Fly, written and directed by William A. Ker...more

Just Keep Swimming – USA Swimming Meets Finding Nemo
by Sports Girls Play
posted July 19, 2012 at 12:16am

I just watched a super cute PSA by USA Swimming in conjunction with the upcoming theater release of Finding Nemo in 3-D that I just had to share with you! With the Olympics just days away (SQUEEEE), you will see Dana Vollmer, Natalie Coughlin, Kim Vand...more

STRONG! New Documentary by Julie Wyman Featuring U.S. Olympic Weightlifter, Cheryl Haworth
by stephaniemp
posted June 22, 2012 at 11:04am

STRONG!  New Documentary by Julie Wyman Featuring U.S. Olympic Weightlifter, Cheryl Haworth Multi-City Tour Through New Crowdsourcing Platform Called Tugg  Cheryl Haworth & Julie Wyman are available for interviews   Cheryl Haworth ...more

Gina Carano Set for Sophomore Film
by Wombat Sports
posted February 15, 2012 at 2:10am

It looks like we won’t be seeing Gina Carano in the cage anytime soon. Carano has been cast in the upcoming film “In the Blood” according to the Hollywood Reporter. The action thriller will be directed by John Stockwell, who has also di...more

Documentary feature film "Ready to Fly" about women ski jumpers opens February 10 in Salt Lake
by anngaff
posted February 4, 2012 at 4:40pm

Ready to Fly Trailer: Salt Lake City, Utah, via release — Ski jumping hits the big screen Friday, Feb. 10 with the World Premiere of the new documentary feature film "Ready To Fly," which tells the powerful true story of women ski jumpers and the...more

Women Talk Sports & Pretty Tough Support Ready to Fly Film
by Pretty Tough
posted January 30, 2012 at 2:43pm

Women Talk Sports and Pretty Tough are pleased to support the new documentary film Ready to Fly directed by William A. Kerig. A stand-up-and-cheer, feel-good movie, Ready to Fly follows World Champion ski jumper Lindsey Van and her women’s ski jump...more

Buffalo Girls - Child Boxers
by Inspiring Sports Women
posted January 28, 2012 at 10:12pm

How young is too young to fight?  Director Todd Kellstein says: "Their faces beam with youthful innocence. Like other young girls, they laugh and play, in spite of their hardscrabble existence. But on Saturday nights in rural villages throughout cen...more

Getting Haywired: Our Haywire Review
by Women's MMA Roundup
posted January 22, 2012 at 12:40pm

Our review of Haywire, the new action movie starring Gina Carano directed by Steven Soderbergh  ...more

Video – Get a Behind the Scenes Look at Gina Carano’s Film Debut
by Wombat Sports
posted January 10, 2012 at 3:39pm

Courtesy Relativity Media It has been two years in the making and in just a few weeks, we will get to see Gina Carano in her major motion picture debut in “Haywire”. With guys like Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, and Michael Douglas across ...more

Tucker Center Film Festival Returns in 2012
by Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport
posted December 29, 2011 at 9:21pm

  The Tucker Center and the University of Minnesota Athletic Department are pleased to announce the return and official 2012 selections of the Tucker Center Film Festival. The festival will take place on January 30, 2012, at TCF Bank Stadium ...more

Award Winning Women's Boxing Film
by Wombat Sports
posted December 2, 2011 at 9:15am

There are many more mature women taking up fighting sports, and a movie out of Japan is bringing that trend to light. “Fighting Okan” is the fictional story of a 38-year old woman’s dream of becoming a professional boxer and the ...more

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