September 24, 2015
Re: Amateur Bowlers Tour (ABT) teams with Ree-invent Films for tourney and film promo
AMATEUR BOWLERS TOUR TEAMS UP WITH
REE-INVENT FILMS FOR ‘WE’VE GOT BALL’S’ NATIONAL TOURNEY
ABT to host tournaments beginning September 27, 2015 at the U. S. Bowling Congress’ International Research & Training Center (ITRC)
Santa Ana, Calif.—Ree-invent Films, makers of the cult bowling comedy, “We’ve Got Balls,” (distributed by Indie Rights) will team up with the Amateur Bowlers Tour for the first in an initial three-part series of tourneys beginning, Sunday, September 27, 2015, according to Cherie Kerr, writer/director of the award-winning film, and Andrew Cohen, Regional Director for the Amateur Bowlers Tour in Dallas-Fort Worth.
“This movie embodies everything we stand for,” says Cohen. “The ABT is all about taking bowlers from every walk of life that care very much about bowling and their local bowling centers and putting together events where they can thrive.”
According to Cohen, two other follow up tournaments for members of ABT in the Dallas-Fort Worth area will also be available for participation in more than a dozen participating bowling centers. “If some miss the sign up deadline for the September events,” explains Cohen, “they still have plenty of time to sign up for two additional such events: one starting November 1st; the other, December 5th.”
Cohen reports that Ree-invent Films will provide original costume pieces (including t-shirts for the two film’s teams) along with other memorabilia for tourney prizes.
“We’ve Got Balls,” the first bowling film to hit the screen in 15 years, is a quirky 92-minute cult comedy feature film. Its storyline centers around a small town trying to save a bowling alley from destruction by a filthy-rich land developer—a greedy mogul who wants to build a gambling casino on the land on which the bowling alley sits.
According to award-winning filmmaker, Kerr, the film, released in May of this year, is currently available on Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Prime, Xbox, Vudu, Comcast Xfinity, and soon to be available on other On Demand cable providers. (Check local listings.)
The Amateur Bowlers Tour currently operates 23 branches across the country. Founded in September, 1977, it is the largest organized tournament association in all of the U.S. It also is the only tournament organization which guarantees minimum first-place prizes in the Classic Division and a minimum guaranteed prize fund for each and every tournament. To date, in the history of bowling, the ABT association has paid out in excess of $134,000 in prize money, and overall, has paid out more than any other bowling organization in the country, including the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) which started in 1958. Many of ABT’s activities include youth.
Those interested in ABT may browse the ABT Branches menu to find a local club in their city of interest. Franchises are still available in many major areas of the United States. Those with questions, or who are seeking additional information, may contact their local bowling center or the ABT organization directly by visiting: www.abtbowling.com or Facebook and their local city.
“We’ve Got Balls,” with lots of news on Facebook and the film’s website: www.wevegotballsmovie.com, debuted as an Official Selection at the Newport Beach International Film Festival in late April 2012. It went on to win six other film festivals garnering eight awards in total. The film packed up: “BEST COMEDY” at the Movieville International Film Festival; “BEST COMEDY – FEATURE,” “OUTSTANDING CAST PERFORMANCE,” and “FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR” at the 2013 Action on Film International Film Festival; an “AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD,” a “BEST FEATURE – BRONZE AWARD,” at the All Sports International Film Festival; a Silver Remi for “BEST FILM TRAILER,” at the World-Fest Houston International Film Festival; and an “AWARD OF EXCELLENCE” from Indie-Fest International.
Kerr went on to say, “This film really is all about community. We want people to know that bowling is more than just a game, it is a family and community experience that brings people together.” Kerr added, “We hope the ABT bowlers have a blast mastering the ‘over the shoulder, under the arm’ bowling maneuver, featured in the film.”
Kerr, a founding member of the famed L.A. Groundlings, and the founder and Artistic Director of the Orange County Crazies, says “Balls,” her first feature-length comedy film, promises to garner many laughs as it imparts a tender message: What may mean absolutely nothing to one person could mean everything to somebody else. With its poignant and relevant social message, and family-friendly laughs, the film is appropriate for most audiences
Starring in the film are: Gary Austin, co-founder and creator of the L.A. Groundlings, and a long time friend and former performing partner of Kerr’s; Andrew Dickler (“Douchebag” 2010); Toni Alexander, Tyler Strateman; Eric Halasz; Eric Satterberg; and Dane Posey. Actors in supporting roles include: Craig Nelson, Lynne Stewart, Phyllis Katz, Tamar Stevens, Paul Maher, Tony LaHood, Barry Weisenberg, Jose Valdez, Nick Dopuch, David Goldman, Dave Osborn, Jay Abdo, Patrick Downey, Bill Reed, Stanley Hendrickson, Gary Forman, Lew Crouse, and Kylie Rogers. Kerr also assembled a cast of background players numbering more than 150. The film’s bowling scenes were shot exclusively at Fountain Bowl, in Fountain Valley, Calif.
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September 3, 2013 - "Festival Bestows Third Honor on First-time Filmmaker"
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April 1, 2013 - "We've Got Balls to Make World Debut at Newport Beach Film Festival"