New York, NY, and Austin, TX (August 13, 2013)
For the first time since 2010, the Kicking and Screening Soccer Film Festival is returning to Texas.
On September 7th and 8th, K+S and the UT Austin Sport Development Lab will present a two-day festival of films, panel discussions, and parties in the state capital, Austin.
“Austin has always been one of the coolest cities in America, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that they are mad for soccer,” said K+S cofounder and director Greg Lalas. “We’re thrilled to bring a festival to such a cool place. And, yes, we’re fully prepared and excited for any weirdness that might occur.”
Austin’s unofficial motto, “Keep Austin Weird,” provides the thematic foundation for K+S AUSTIN 2013’s opening night. With the screening of Mat Hodgson’s Four Year Plan, the focus is on the evolution of “modern football” from the people’s sport into a global industry, raising questions about the evolving “spirit of the game, the role of the supporter, and the “right way” to grow the game.
The second night delves in the beautiful game’s impact on conflict resolution, with the screening of Alexander and Chris Browne’s After the Cup: Sons of Sakhnin United. This remarkable story of the first team from an Arab town to win the Israeli Cup and represent Israel in European competition.
“The Sport Development Lab cannot be more excited about Kicking + Screening coming to the University of Texas,” said Brian Gonzales, lecturer and director of programs at the UT Austin Sport Development Lab. “It is a perfect blend of sport, the arts, and community spirit, and I am certain the festival will appeal to our diverse student body and the kaleidoscope of culture that is Austin, Texas. From our faculty and students here in Sport Management to our ever-expanding local soccer community, there is a growing buzz about this soccer film festival thing.’ It is certainly a unique concept and one that we are delighted to host. Welcome, y’all.”
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Friday, September 6: “Welcome to Austin”
- USA-Costa Rica Viewing Party at Cuatro’s
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
“Keep Soccer Weird: The Battle for Authenticity in the Modern Game”
- The Four Year Plan | dir. by Mat Hodgson
- Meister vs. Meister (short)
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
“War & Peace: Soccer and Conflict Resolution”
- After the Cup: Sons of Sakhnin United | dir. by Alexander & Christopher Browne
- Ana’s Playground (short)
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ABOUT KICKING AND SCREENING
Founded in April 2009 by Greg Lalas and Rachel Markus, the Kicking and Screening Soccer Film Festival is the world’s premier international soccer film festival series, with annual events in New York and various satellite locations around the world. K+S’s mission is to engage, connect, and inspire soccer and film enthusiasts through the celebration and presentation of soccer culture.
ABOUT THE SPORT DEVELOPMENT LAB
The Sport Development Lab at The University of Texas at Austin (SDL) is an innovative research group and practitioner network working together to advance the development of sport, sport systems, and sport’s impact on and role in the lives of individuals, groups, communities, and society at-large.