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The Winning Season, Produced by Bronxville's Own Gia Walsh, Opens in Bronxville September 10! See Review and Movie Trailer Here!
Sep. 8, 2010: The Winning Season, an independent film produced by Bronxville's own Gia Walsh, bought by Lion's Gate after previewing at The Sundance Film Festival two years ago, is a winner! Double click on the screen below to see a trailer of the movie.
As exciting as it may be to have one of our own involved with a film that is now in theaters, the expectation on my end honestly was limited. What a wonderful and pleasant surprise I had! This film is full of heart and soul. It has guts. It is funny, it's sad, it's tragic, it's glad, and I just loved it!
The film, set in rural Indiana, is about a man, Bill, played by Sam Rockwell. He is in a rather pathetic place in his life but is given a second chance by an old teammate to coach the girl's varsity basketball team at the local high school, where they played ball together years ago. Bill reluctantly takes on the job, discovers he has a group of nonmotivated girls, and what happens thereafter is really quite magical and heartwarming. He teaches the girls, and the girls teach him!
What is interesting to me here is that we have all seen these kinds of movies many times by now, but The Winning Season isn't typical of the genre. Billed as a comedy, it certainly does have many laugh out loud moments, but it not only delves into the human spirit of perseverance and winning, it also addresses much deeper human relationships and issues that are very relevant to today's society: racism, homosexuality, alcohol abuse, broken parent–child relationships, teenage romance, and more.
There is an overall nice cast with Emma Roberts who plays the part of Abby, leader of the team, and Rooney Mara, who has been unknown until now (she was just cast as Lizbet in the upcoming American version of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), plays the role of Wendy, a good athlete who is lacking in self-discipline and motivation. Donna, the bus driver who by default becomes assistant coach, played by Margo Martindale, reminded me of Kathy Bates. Rob Corddry rounds out the cast as the principal of the school who hired Bill, and who also is an annoying father of one of the girls on the team.
The Winning Season is tender and sweet, truly a terrific film! Could be this year's Little Miss Sunshine.
Don't miss it while it is in Bronxville starting Sep. 10!
The Fine Arts Gallery is a beautiful gallery in the heart of our village. It sells original art and specializes in local artists from Bronxville past and present. It provides high end custom framing, art consulting, restoration and appraisals. Appointments are available upon request. It also sells the Historical Conservancy Journals which include a history of the village as well as the artists who have lived here and are presenting living here ($20/copy).
99 Pondfield Road Bronxville, New York 10708 914-779-5053
The Bronxville Public Library traces its origins back to 1875, when it was a small lending library housed in a room attached to the “Bronxville Model School.” The Library was officially chartered in 1906 and moved into the Village Hall Building. The needs of the library grew with the town and, in 1942, a new standalone building was erected, which is where the Library is today. Over the years, the Library was renovated and expanded to meet the needs of the community.
The Library has wonderful resources for adults and children and offers a comfortable and relaxing environment. The Library also houses a fine art collection, consisting principally of Bronxville painters and sculptors.
The Library offers special events, art exhibitions, and programs for adults, young adults and children. All events are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.
Womrath Bookshop is a located in the heart of Bronxville village. In addition to selling books, the store also sell children's toys and holds readings both at the store and elsewhere in the community, such as at the Library.
Concordia Conservatory, a preeminent center for music education in Westchester County, is a welcoming community where children and adults find lifelong inspiration and joy through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music. Concordia Conservatory, a community outreach division of Concordia College, offers top quality music programs for early childhood, youth, adults and seniors. The Conservatory's vision is to enrich the lives of the people in our community through music.
Crestwood Music Education Center, founded in 1987, has established itself as one of the most reputable and premier music schools in Westchester County with well over 800 students studying piano, guitar voice, Suzuki and much more. Their philosophy is to create a very positive, stimulating environment that gives each student the chance for creative self-expression. They believe in the importance of having a world-class faculty with extensive education as well as the teaching and performing experience that can only found in America's finest music schools.
453 White Plains Road Eastchester, New York 10709 914-961-3497