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Monday, October 12, 2009

DC SCORES partners with soccer film festival

Soccer is coming to the big screens in D.C.  for the first time.

And DC SCORES is along for the ride.

That's right -- "Kicking & Screening," which was founded last April and shows soccer films to bring fans of the game together, will be here in D.C. Thursday through Sunday to show four films and host a poetry reading.

DC SCORES recently partnered with the Kicking &Screening Soccer Film Festival, and we are proud to be associated with such an advocate for the sport that's such a large part of our program.

Kicking & Screening is the first and only soccer film festival in this country, and it's already drawing attention from many highly respected people.

This Friday, former U.S. National Team star John Harkes and veteran Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl will be speaking at a poetry reading before the showing of  Sons of Sakhnin United at Busboys and Poets.

Harkes has quite the soccer resume: He was the first American to play in the English Premier League, he's in the National Soccer Hall of Fame, he played in two World Cups, and he won a pair of MLS titles with D.C. United. So, no, he's not just another soccer player.

And Wahl isn't just another sportswriter. He has covered soccer, as well as other sports, for SI, including five World Cups, and has written 30 cover stories. I, for one, would love to see him speak.

As far as the movies, the festival will show Les Yeux dans les Bleus Thursday, Sons of Sakhnin United Friday after the reading, Victory Saturday at midnight, and The Big Green as part of a family-fun Sunday.

There will also be several filmakers and actors at the screenings, including Alex and Christopher Browne, who will introduce Sons of Sakhnin United, their film, and New York Cosmos star and featured actor, Werner Roth, at the Victory screening;

Each screening will be at a different D.C. location, including the French Embassy Thursday night. So don't feel like one night will resemble the next. Each night, and each movie, will truly be a unique experience.

And you can help us by attending any of the events. Tickets for any night can be bought here, and DC SCORES, along with United for DC, is receiving the proceeds from the four-night cinematic celebration of soccer.

So contribute to DC SCORES and enjoy soccer on the big screen like never before -- it's that simple.

For all the information you need, check out Kicking & Screening's website.

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