For Immediate Release: November 2, 2006
Contact: Nicole Allen, PR Director (720) 435-5138
Denver— “The Goal,” a feature film by local filmmaker, Darla Rae has achieved more this year than Rae every dreamed. Among the latest praise the “The Goal” has received are the “Mention d’Honneur” and Regione Lombardi awards from the International Jury of Sport Movies and TV, 2006 at the 24th Milano International FICTS Festival in Milan, Italy. The Milano International FICTS Festival is sponsored by the International Olympic Committee.
Based on a true story, “The Goal” is an uplifting dramatic feature film about two quadriplegic athletes inspired to rebuild their lives by overcoming obstacles on the court of Quad Rugby, a fast-paced sport which is the only sport that was specifically designed for quadriplegics. The film co-stars Jason Regier, a genuine World Quad Rugby champion, who also serves as one of the film’s executive producers.
This year, “The Goal” also received four Dove Foundation “Family-Approved” seals, was awarded Best Inspirational Film at Temecula Valley International Film Festival, Golden Ten Award for Best Sports Based Feature Film at Mumbai International Film Festival, and the Independent Spirit Award at International Family Film Festival. The film was also bought for United States and International television and DVD distribution by Miami-based Maverick Entertainment Group.
Steve and Jason are two talented and goal-oriented athletes, brought together by tragic accidents. With the help of their family and God, the young men start to rebuild their lives. These two adrenaline junkies discover a team sport worthy of their highly competitive spirit, Quad Rugby. This sport is played by world-class athletes with gladiator-like wheelchairs, and combines elements of basketball, football and ice hockey. Quad Rugby used to be called Murderball, because of the aggressive nature of the game. The sport renews their spirits, and Steve and Jason start to live life again, –a new life that is different not over.
“I am so ecstatic about what is happening with this film. It has always been my dream to be a filmmaker, and my dream has come true. This is something that I love doing and I hope it enables me to give others the way I have always wanted to,” said Rae. “The Goal,” can be rented at “Blockbuster”, and purchased online at Blockbuster, Barnes and Noble, Circuit City, and Best Buy. Some of the profits from “The Goal” will be put into a fund to build a facility in the Colorado region for all wheelchair athletes.
Although “The Goal” was released nationally on DVD, copies of the film can be purchased on the “The Goal” website at www.thegoal-film.com. More information about wheelchair rugby can be found on the website as well.