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USA, 2010, 77 Minute Running Time
World Premiere
Topics: Documentary, History, Sports, Women
Program: True Stories
Language: English

When the plane carrying the 1961 U.S. Figure Skating Team crashed on the way to the World Championships, the entire team was gone. Now, 50 years later, the documentary Rise introduces us to the compelling stories and brilliant artistry of these wonderful skaters. In taking this tragedy as its subject, Rise does something both simple and remarkable. By telling the stories of those who died through the personal remembrances of those who knew and were changed by them, it resurrects the lives, careers, and the magic of this supremely talented group of people, including: Maribel Vinson, a 9-time U.S. champion, top coach, and mother of two national champions; her 20-year-old daughter Maribel, Jr., the U.S. pairs champion; and daughter Laurence, only 16, already a national champion and destined to be "America's sweetheart"; Doug Ramsey, an exciting, young skater with tremendous flair and great potential; and Steffi and Sherri Westerfeld, sisters and top skaters.

Filmmakers Lax and Stern have created a lasting group portrait that embraces the strong emotional overtones of the story without ever being melodramatic. The film features extensive interviews with champions Michelle Kwan, Brian Boitano, Peggy Fleming, Scott Hamilton and coach Frank Carroll.

Directors & Subject of Film to attend 1/8 screening

DIRECTOR: Lisa Lax, Nancy Stern Winters
Producer: Lisa Lax, Nancy Stern Winters
Editor: Ray Conley
Screenwriter: Maggie Monteith
Cinematographer: Scott Duncan
Music: Peter Calandra
Principal Cast: Brian Boitano, Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Scott Hamilton, Michelle Kwan, Frank Carroll
Filmography: Emmanuel’s Gift (2005)
Print Source: U.S. Figure Skating - usfigureskating.org

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