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Go Run! hosts screening of 'We Grew Wings'

Go Run!, a Bainbridge Island nonprofit, will present an island premiere of
Go Run!, a Bainbridge Island nonprofit, will present an island premiere of 'We Grew Wings' at Bainbridge Cinemas at the Pavilion.
— image credit: Image courtesy of Sarah Henderson/Ellen Schmidt-Devlin

Go Run!, a Bainbridge Island nonprofit, will present an island premiere of "We Grew Wings" on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Bainbridge Cinemas at the Pavilion.

All proceeds will benefit Go Run!, a local running program to inspire and keep moving the next generation of healthy young women.

The documentary film follows the stories of the University of Oregon women's track teams from 1985 and 2011 - two teams from two different eras, each chasing an NCAA championship. The progression of women's sports since the passage of Title IX in 1972 and the challenges faced by female athletes are highlighted in this 2012 film by Portland based producers/directors Ellen Schmidt-Devlin, Erich Lyttle, and Sarah Henderson.

Doors will open at 9:30, with the movie screening at 10 a.m.

Tickets for the event may be purchased in advance for $10 via the organization's website (www.gorunhavefun.org). Tickets will be $12 at the door on the day of the event.

Go Run! conducts an after-school program for pre-teen girls, using running-based activities as a tool to empower its participants in terms of physical and emotional health and well-being. The program also provides coaching and mentoring volunteer opportunities for older girls and adults in the community.

"We Grew Wings" made its world premiere in Eugene, Ore. during the 2012 U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials.

The makers of the film describe the documentary as a story of camaraderie, teamwork, struggles and triumphs.

The film goes behind-the-scenes to reveal the varying opportunities and challenges of today’s female track and field athlete, and provides an inside look at their personal pursuit of the Olympic dream and the gratifying lessons of “team.”

The filmmakers are based in Portland, Ore.

Lyttle is an Emmy Award-winning director, writer and producer with nearly 30 years of experience crafting documentaries, television series and films. He has a deep knowledge of the track-and-field world and was the director of "Fire on the Track: The Steve Prefontaine Story."

In her feature directorial debut, Henderson also serves as director of photography and music supervisor on "We Grew Wings." Her direction brought some renowned musicians into the project, led by composer John

Morgan Askew, and such artists as Radiation City (voted Portland’s best new band by Willamette Week, courtesy of Tender Loving Empire), Cory Gray of Carcrashlander, Rebecca Gates, Obo Addy and Naomi Shelton and The Gospel Queens (courtesy of Daptone Records).

The film is narrated by Katharine Ross ("The Graduate," "Donny Darko") and includes a stellar soundtrack mixed by musician and sound designer Jason Wells that artfully connects the story’s mirrored generations from sound to picture.

For more information, visit www.gorunhavefun.org. For details on getting the DVD for "We Grew Wings," visit www.wegrewwings.com.

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