PISCATAWAY, NJ – The documentary film This Is A Game Ladies, which chronicles the Rutgers women’s basketball team during the 2000-2001 season, won the Audience Award at the 2003 AFI/Discovery Silverdocs Film Festival.
The 114-minute documentary was making its world premiere at the festival, which ran June 19-20 in Silver Springs, MD. PBS will air the piece this winter.
The Partisan Pictures production follows the Scarlet Knights throughout the 2000-2001 season, one year removed from Rutgers’ first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament Final Four. According to Gabriel Wardell of Silverdocs, “This Is A Game Ladies succeeds on many levels. The outstanding cinematography and energizing music keep pace with the young women of Rutgers. Director Peter Schnall dedicates this story not just to the players and their season, but also to the lady who gives all of her being to the cause. A visionary, a mother and a widow, Coach (C. Vivian) Stringer has overcome insurmountable odds and personal tragedy as she continues to form talented athletes into confident women and committed citizens. Some say that women’s basketball is more passionate and unaffected than its male counterpart, and This Is A Game Ladies makes a persuasive case.”
Partisan Pictures has filmed numerous documentaries for National Geographic TV, PBS and the Discovery Channel, including Air Force One. Partisan founder Peter Schnall, a six-time Emmy winner, served as the director and cinematographer for This Is A Game Ladies, and he co-directed the piece with Tracey Barry.
Rutgers engineered the most dramatic turnaround in Division I this year, improving from 9-20 in 2001-2002 to 21-8 and a trip to the 2003 NCAA Tournament’s second round.