Special Screening of "Messi & Me" this Saturday, January 12, in Chicago

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Kicking + Screening Media Group will screen the short documentary Messi & Me, directed by Renny Maslow, on Saturday, January 12, at the United Soccer Coaches annual convention in Chicago.

The screening is presented in partnership with Tim Lenahan, head coach of men’s soccer at Northwestern University.

Messi & Me tells the story of Matt Eliason, a former college standout at Northwestern, who burst onto the world stage when he scored this amazing bicycle kick goal while playing in an exhibition with superstar Lionel Messi:

From there, Eliason decided to pursue his dream of playing professional soccer. His journey took him to Iceland, where he learned what the pro life was like and had the experience of a lifetime.

Messi & Me had its world premiere at the 2018 K+S Soccer Film Festival in New York.

Screening Details:

Messi & Me @ the United Soccer Coaches Convention
WHEN: Saturday, January 12, 2019 | 4:00PM CT
WHERE: McCormick Place - West Building | 2301 S. Indiana Ave., Chicago | Room CCW185BC

Special guests will include Matt Eliason and Tim Lenahan

This special screening is free to USC convention passholders. Anyone without a convention pass who wants to attend the screening can do so by picking up a free pass in the Skyline B Room, located on the 3rd floor of the convention center.

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Introducing the K+S Film Club

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For the past decade, Kicking + Screening has organized the premier soccer film festival in North America. We're proud of this.

Recently, we've started to expand our thinking about what K+S can be and what it can provide for people. Truth is, we've always seen K+S as a big community project, not just as a festival or a film distributor.

Today, the K+S Media Group is doubling-down on our passion for the community with the launch of K+S FC -- the Kicking + Screening Film Club.

Although we believe that the FC stands for Film Club, in reality, the "FC" could stand for many other things — Football Club, Fan Community, Football Culture, Fuzzy Cleats. The point is, it's meant to be flexible and reflect anyone’s POV. Your POV. That's why we have chosen K+S FC as the embodiment of our efforts to support and grow the soccer film and soccer culture communities going forward.

K+S FC is an ambitious project we are launching to help connect the community of soccer film fans in new and interesting ways and to deliver more soccer films to more people.

Over the next few months, as we roll out K+S FC further, we will share more info and you will receive more chances to engage with us. For example, we're planning an official K+S FC logo, and we want your help designing it. We're also scheduling social meet-ups, designing fresh gear, and, of course, organizing film and cultural events.

Subscribers to our newsletter are automatically members of K+S FC. (Congratulations!) Membership includes:

  • a monthly newsletter;

  • exclusive access to films, articles, and experiences;

  • special offers on films, event tickets, gear, and more;

  • opportunities to engage with tastemakers in the soccer industry;

  • an open invitation to help us shape K+S going forward.

We are very excited about K+S FC. We love the North American soccer community we're part of, but we think we're all only getting started. Together, we can make this community bigger, better, and more worth everyone's time, and we hope K+S FC can help.

So please spread the word to anyone you think might enjoy it. New members of the K+S FC who sign up before January 1 will be automatically entered in a raffle to win a super cool K+S gift, such as a K+S Media Group cap and tickets to K+S Soccer Film Festival in New York.

BECOME A MEMBER OF K+S FC…

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Big soccer film news for Amazon Prime members: Stream Celtic Soul for FREE

Starting today, Amazon Prime members can stream the soccer film Celtic Soul for FREE as part of Prime membership.

So this weekend, after you catch the serious action on the field — including Celtic FC’s match vs. Hearts on Saturday — get a few laughs in with this hilarious roadtrip comedy starring comic actor Jay Baruchel (Goon, Knocked Up) and soccer journalist Eoin O’Callaghan (Fox Soccer).

And after you watch Celtic Soul, please leave a review on Amazon. It will help the film get in front of more people. This film deserves to be seen.


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BONUS: Jay Baruchel talks to ESPN's Adnan Virk
Celtic Soul star Jay Baruchel joined ESPN's resident sports film buff Adnan Virk on his podcast Cinephile. Jay discusses his Celtic FC fandom, the film, and some of the other sports films Jay's done, including Goon. Listen now

Get your post-World Cup fix: Watch soccer comedy Celtic Soul on iTunes

Have you recovered from the World Cup yet? Not us. We're still buzzing. We assume you are, too.

So now what do you do? Exactly. Watch soccer films!

And for the next two weeks, the K+S Media Group and iTunes are making that easier for you. Starting today, iTunes is running a special deal for soccer comedy Celtic Soul as part of its "Movies You May Have Missed" promotion. Here are the details:

  • special price: $0.99
  • dates: July 31-August 14
  • film info: Canadian actor and funny man Jay Baruchel and well-known Irish soccer journalist Eoin O’Callaghan go on an epic soccer roadtrip through Ireland and Scotland on a quest to see their beloved Celtic FC play at home in Glasgow. Hijinks ensue. Learn more
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Culture Kickaround: An exclusive Q&A with "Victory" star Werner Roth

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Happy Victory Day! Today is the 37th anniversary of the release of the classic soccer film Victory. We are celebrating with an exclusive Q+A with Werner Roth, the former New York Cosmos star who played the role of the German captain, Baumann in Victory.

What's the first soccer film you saw?
Golé! It was the official FIFA film of the 1982 World Cup. It's fantastic and as close as you can get to the event without being there. I floated out of the theater and it stayed with me for weeks.

If you had to wear a kit to a film premiere, which kit would you wear?
I would look pretty silly, but my old 1977 Cosmos kit.

What song would you want to play when you score a goal?
Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll"

Of all the derbies in the world, which would you most like to see and why?
The Manchester derby. I'm a longtime fan of Manchester United, and there is nothing more important in this world than beating City.

If you could change one rule in the game, what would you change?
It's so perfect, I wouldn't change a thing.

Favorite non-soccer film or binge-worthy show?
House of Cards

Which soccer player, past or present, would you cast as the next James Bond?
Beckenbauer. Franz Beckenbauer.

Favorite scene in Victory?
The final penalty scene, of course.

In your dreams, what player would you love to have been, in what match, and in what play sequence?
Diego Maradona in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal match, when he took the ball in his own half and dribbled through half the England squad, including the keeper, to tap in the winner.