Stories in Response to Training Rules
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The following was submitted to Sports Illustrated on 5/19/09
Great to see reviews of independent sport films recently included in the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. But you missed one . . . a festival and a sports film. In late March, Training Rules, premiered at the Philadelphia Film Festival. The film focuses on a series of women basketball players at Penn State University who encountered discrimination due to their sexual preference over a 25 year period. The film is worth a look and a lot of soul searching after. Perhaps this is a story SI should tell us more about.
Yonkers, New York
Great film! Big turnout at the Walker Art Center. Sold out, SRO, large auditorium, at least 400 people in a theater that holds less. My students and church members were a significant fraction.
Best documentary I have ever seen. Plus there was a superb afterfilm discussion led by my University of Minnesota colleague Mary Jo Kane.
The movie was very moving. What compelling interviewees! How heart-breaking! You want these women to be healed, but you see that some damage can't be undone. Everybody around me, including me, was crying. What a superb job of communicating the pain that can be caused by bigotry, especially to young women, who have the most capacity for feeling the pain. Mary Jo Kane says things are much better at University of Minnesota, thanks largely to her, but there is still so much unspoken cruelty.
I hope we can get this film shown at the University of Minnesota soon.
Thank you, Dee, for your good work.
David D. Thomas
William F. Dietrich Professor
Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics
University of Minnesota
Comment from Rosie O'Donnell (from her blog "Ask Ro" on 10.26.2009)
Ro, you gotta check out this documentary. homophobia in womens sports. devastated lives. 3 of these players are from my hometown. . . .
that one coach....so sick