The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: United States
Run Time: 89 minutes
“We were all of one mind: we wanted a place for women to do something they loved and make a living at it,” says retired pro golfer Marlene Bauer Vossler. THE FOUNDERS is a riveting, well-crafted documentary about the 13 founding members of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). These trailblazers (including Olympic phenom Babe Didrikson Zaharias) dealt with sexism, grueling promotional schedules, and skepticism about their athleticism. But they pressed forward anyway due to their love of the game and belief in their skills. This determination and passion still shine through in new interviews with four of the founding members: golfing prodigy Vossler, who joined the tour at age 15; straightforward and smart Shirley Spork; easygoing and generous Marilynn Smith; and Louise Suggs, a tough-as-nails competitor and phenomenal (if underrated) player. THE FOUNDERS illuminates the tenacity and talents of a group of women who haven’t necessarily received their proper due and incisively makes the case for their status as women’s rights pioneers. —A.Z.
Monday, April 03, 2017 at 11:50 AM
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 9:20 PM
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 3:30 PM
THE SPORTS SECTION
WOMEN OF THE WORLD
Recommended for High School Students +
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition
Carrie Schrader, Charlene Fisk
Carrie Schrader studied screenwriting and has a B.A. in Drama from the University of Washington. She received an M.F.A. in Film Directing from Columbia University. Charlene Fisk holds a B.A. in Mass Media Communications from SUNY Plattsburgh and studied film and media at the University of New South Wales. She began her career working at a PBS affiliate in upstate New York. She is the founder of the boutique production company Mighty Fine Pictures. THE FOUNDERS won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the 2016 Atlanta Film Festival.
THE FOUNDERS (2016)
Carrie Schrader, Charlene Fisk, Phoebe Brown
Charlene Fisk, Kevan Ward