Thursday, July 16, 2020

"Born to Play" Documentary Premieres on ABC on Saturday, July 18th! #BornToPlay #WomenTackleFootball

ON JULY 18, 2020

Documentary Highlights Women’s Tackle Football Team Boston Renegades

*Also available for streaming through ESPN app!

After earning rave reviews following the world premiere on ESPN, the acclaimed film that is winning audiences over will have its network premiere on ABC on Saturday, July 18th at 3pm ET. It will also be available for streaming through the ESPN app.

Directed by Viridiana Lieberman, the film is a love letter to the game, written by people who you never knew played. Until now. The film will air on later dates throughout the summer as well.

BORN TO PLAY spends a season with the Boston Renegades, a women’s tackle football team on the path to redemption after going undefeated but losing their championship the previous year. These unpaid athletes put their bodies on the line while maintaining full-time careers that support their lifelong dream... proving that football is for everyone. BORN TO PLAY shines a light on a team of remarkable women, ranging in age from 19-49, from a vast spectrum of backgrounds who dedicate their time, bodies and paychecks to pursue their passion for playing football.

“To step into this world and watch these women unapologetically create their own destiny in a sport that has yet to acknowledge them is crucial,” says Director/Producer Viridiana Lieberman. “It is my hope that this story will not only help shine a light on this team and this sport, but also add to a larger conversation of unity, agency and the power of perseverance in creating the world we want to live in.”

BORN TO PLAY marks Lieberman’s feature-length documentary directorial debut.  She previously edited the award-winning documentaries I AM EVIDENCE and THE SENTENCE, as well as LOVE THE SINNER and SPECIAL OLYMPICS: 50 YEARS OF CHANGING THE GAME. In addition, Lieberman wrote the quintessential book on women’s sports on film, "Sports Heroines on Film: A Critical Study of Cinematic Women Athletes, Coaches and Owners".

BORN TO PLAY had its world premiere on Wednesday, July 1st, and will now have its broadcast premiere on ABC on Saturday, July 18th at 3pm ET with additional rebroadcasts to follow.

BORN TO PLAY is produced by Theodora Dunlap, Sam Bisbee and Viridiana Lieberman and executive produced by Lance Acord, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, and Jon Bulette.

Known for high-quality feature and documentary films, Park Pictures produced the Emmy Award-winning feature documentary THE SENTENCE, which also took home the Audience Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and the upcoming film THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS, which premiered at Sundance in 2020. Feature films include the upcoming FAREWELL AMOR and THE LAST SHIFT, as well as previous titles HEARTS BEAT LOUD, THE HERO and ROBOT & FRANK. Over the past 9 years, Park Pictures has had 13 films featured in the Sundance Film Festival.

Social Media Info:

INSTAGRAM: @borntoplaymovie

TWITTER:  @borntoplaymovie


HASHTAGS: #BornToPlay #WomenTackleFootball


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