August 12th, 2012: Kicking + Screening (K+S) Film Festival, the world’s premier international film event dedicated solely to football/soccer, is pleased announced today the films and schedule for the K+S Portland 2012, presented by KICKTV.
K+S Portland 2012, the festival’s first event in the Pacific Northwest, takes place Thursday, September 13, and Friday, September 14. It will be two days of soccer films and events in the build-up to the highly anticipated rivalry match between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders on Saturday, September 15.
Fittingly, the festival plays on the theme of rivalries with a lineup of films about some of the world’s most intense clashes.
“We’re thrilled to make our Portland debut this year, especially around such an intense experience as a Portland-Seattle match,” says K+S founder and director Greg Lalas. “The passion for the game in the Pacific Northwest is unparalleled in the United States and makes a festival there a no-brainer. We hope that with the support of the Portland Timbers, we can make it an annual event.”
Argentina Futbol Club goes into the heart of the fiery battle between Boca Juniors and River Plate, while Gringos at the Gate, which made its world premiere at K+S New York 2012 in June, explores the passion of the USA-Mexico rivalry.
All K+S events will take place at Urban Studios in the Pearl District.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
Argentina Futbol Club (Argentina)
7:30 pm ET, Spanish with subtitles
Go into the heart of the original SuperClasico rivalry between Buenos Aires giants Boca Juniors and River Plate
· Short: Loucos de Futebol (Brazil) — A funny and poignant take on the Fortaleza-Ceara rivalry
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
Gringos at the Gate (USA)
7:30 pm ET, English
Why US vs. Mexico has become the most fiery and socially significant clash in international soccer
· Short: A Most Improbable Life (USA) — How a Mexican found his soccer soul in America
About Kicking + Screening
Founded in April 2009 by Greg Lalas and Rachel Markus, the Kicking + Screening Football/Soccer Film Festival is the world’s premier international film festival dedicated solely to the beautiful game. K+S’s mission is to engage, connect, and inspire fans through the celebration and presentation of football/soccer culture. Flagship K+S festivals take place annually in New York and London, while featured satellite festivals are held in various cities around the globe each year.
2012 Social Initiative: Coaches Across Continents
K+S’s chosen charitable partner for 2012 is the international soccer nonprofit Coaches Across Continents, which uses football to improve the health and well-being of disadvantaged children in developing countries.