SCF Partners with Film Festivals to Feature Stories of Women Athletes

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 18, 2018) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will sponsor an educational film and speaker series in partnership with the Sarasota Film Festival and Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival, featuring women athletes in powerful and groundbreaking roles. The series will offer the public a rare opportunity to meet the filmmakers and the female athletes at the center of these inspiring stories. 

The series of films kicks off Feb. 7 at SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center with the documentary “Supergirl” about an 11-year-old girl who breaks a powerlifting world record and becomes an international phenomenon. Directed by Jessie Auritt, the film tells a unique coming-of-age-story as Naomi Kutin, an Orthodox Jewish preteen fights to hold on to her title while navigating adolescence ― from strict religious obligations to cyberbullying, and health issues. With a passionate family supporting her each step of the way, Naomi must learn to accept herself and discover she is as strong inside as she is outside. 

The first screening of the film will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 7 followed by a panel discussion, including Auritt, the film’s director, at 3:30 p.m. The second screening begins at 7 p.m. and will include a reception at 8:30 p.m. where visitors can meet Auritt in the SCF Fine Arts Gallery, 5840 26th St. W. Bradenton. Tickets are $10 and available online at To see a trailer of the film, visit

“Blood Road,” the second film in the series, will be screened March 20 at SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center. “Blood Road” follows the journey of ultraendurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch and her Vietnamese riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, as they pedal 1,200 miles along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail through the dense jungles of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Their goal: to reach the crash site and final resting place of Rebecca's father, a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down over Laos some 40 years earlier. During this poignant voyage of self-discovery, the women push their bodies to the limit while learning more about the historic road they're pedaling and how the Vietnam War shaped their lives in different ways. 

“Blood Road” will be screened at 2 p.m. March 20 followed by a panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. featuring Rusch, the filmmaker. A second screening begins at 7 p.m. followed by an 8:30 p.m. reception in the SCF Fine Arts Gallery where visitors can meet Rusch. Tickets are $10 and available online at To see a film trailer, visit

The series finale will be a 25th Anniversary celebration of the film, “A League of Their Own” on April 18 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, which will include celebrity appearances. Details will be released at a later date.

For information, contact Del Jacobs, SCF multimedia/film program manager, at or 941-752-5593. 

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