“Once In A Lifetime” Coming to The Gillioz Theatre

Once In A Lifetime How many of you noticed the new graphic just to the left? I put it up last week. I’ve recently taken on another charitable effort (besides this site 🙂 ) and that is President of the Missouri Film Alliance of Springfield. It’s a non-profit focused on creating opportunities for the art of the moving image, something I like to dabble with on this site as you may have noticed. Well, our annual Film Festival arrives downtown a month from today and one of the feature films will include the soccer film “Once In A Lifetime: The Story of the NY Cosmos”.

Want to know something really cool? The film’s director Paul Crowder is coming to town to be a part of the Festival. Even better? He’s married to a Glendale graduate, Kelly H’Doubler, and they will all be here from California to support a short film they submitted that features their now 11 year old daughter Ede. The best? She’s a soccer player, a recent winner of the “Nick Tidy Sportsmanship Award” in the Malibu AYSO. Paul was born in London so I’m going to have to dig into what team he roots for (Spurs? West Ham?) and was a musician prior to becoming a filmmaker. Maybe he’ll tell us about the documentary film he’s currently working on “My Generation: Who’s Still Who”

7:00 pm Saturday night, February 24th at the Gillioz. Who’s going to join me?

It was 1977 and one of New York’s most tumultuous and decadent summers. Then, in the midst of blackouts, riots, the Son of Sam serial killer scare and the dawn of Studio 54, came an entirely unexpected moment of inspiration: the rise of the New York Cosmos, America’s first great soccer team, and its larger-than-life superstar, Pelé. Suddenly embraced by a city obsessed with celebrity and flamboyance, the Cosmos kicked off America’s first passionate love affair with the world’s most popular sport & found themselves swept up in a careening path of glory, glamour, debauchery and controversy.

It is a thrilling tale of how a powerful group of entertainment moguls, a scrappy team of rag-tag athletes and a city in need of a rousing boost pulled together to create a phenomenon that in turn forged the soccer moms of today. Narrated by Academy® Award-nominee Matt Dillon, ONCE IN A LIFETIME: THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF THE NEW YORK COSMOS reveals how the Cosmos rose from total anonymity to become the hottest ticket in town — taken under the wing of Warner Bros. Chairman Steve Ross, beloved by rock stars and fashionistas — only to be overwhelmed by a wild world of wealth, groupies, rivalries and power struggles.

Using a combination of nostalgic 70s soul and pop music, never-before-seen footage, exciting sports action, newsreels from the summer of ’77 and candid interviews that range from Marv Albert to Henry Kissinger to Mia Hamm, to the colorful, clashing former Cosmos players themselves, the film creates a humorous, entertaining and richly layered look at a time and place that changed American sports forever.

Miramax Films, GreeneStreet Films, and ESPN Original Entertainment present ONCE IN A LIFETIME: THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF THE NEW YORK COSMOS. Narrated by Academy® Award-nominee Matt Dillon, the film is directed by Paul Crowder (editor of Stacey Peralta’s “Dogtown and Z-Boys” and “Riding With Giants”) and John Dower (director of the Britpop documentary “Live Forever”) and produced by John Battsek (Academy® Award-winner “One Day In September”), Fisher Stevens and Tim Williams of GreeneStreet Films. The executive producers are John Penotti, Julie Goldman, Andrew Ruhemann, Michael Davies, Vicki Cherkas and Cedric Jeanson.

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