EVENT: College to Host Austin’s First-Ever Soccer Film Festival

What: Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival, which includes two evenings of indie films and panel discussions

When: Saturday, Sept. 7, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 8, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: UT Austin’s Student Activity Center Auditorium at 2201 Speedway on Saturday and the Texas Union Theater at 2247 Guadalupe on Sunday

Background: Founded in April 2009, the Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival is the world's premier international soccer film festival series, with annual events in New York and several international satellite locations. The College of Education’s Sport Development Lab is hosting the festival’s first visit to Austin. Festival organizers are Kicking + Screening cofounders Greg Lalas and Rachel Markus as well Sport Development Lab director Brian Gonzales.

The weekend film screenings and panel discussions include:

Saturday, Sept. 7

  • “The Four Year Plan” – Feature length film by Mat Hodgson about the evolution of modern football from “the people’s sport” to a global industry. The movie raises questions about the changing spirit of the game, role of the fans and “right” way to grow the game.
  • “Meister vs. Meister” – Film short about the creation of a Mercedes-Benz marketing campaign in which legends of German football challenge master craftsmen, highlighting the sports experiences of the common man.

Sunday Sept. 8

  • “After the Cup: Sons of Sakhnin United” – Feature length film that tells the remarkable story of the first soccer team from an Arab town to win the Israeli Cup and represent Israel in European competition.
  • “Ana’s Playground” – Award-winning film short that offers an intense look at the effects of violence on humanity, with soccer and sports in general representing the rapidly receding youth and innocence of the children in the story.

“We’re so excited to return to Texas,” said Lalas, a retired professional soccer player and editor-in-chief of MLSsoccer.com. “Austin has always been one of the coolest cities in America, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that they’re also mad for soccer. We’re thrilled to bring a festival to such a great place.”

To buy tickets and get more information about the festival go to sportdev.utexas.org/ksaustin. The event is open to the public, and UT discount and group rates are available.

Kicking + Screening’s mission is to engage, connect, and inspire soccer and film enthusiasts through the celebration and presentation of soccer culture.

The Sport Development Lab, which is in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, promotes collaboration among practitioners and research to advance the development of sport and improved sport systems.

Contact: Brian Gonzales, bgonzales@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-6018 or Kay Randall, krandall@austin.utexas.edu, 512-363-6520

Last updated on August 30, 2013