K+S and America SCORES NY to host a #SoccerSocialHour at Brooklyn Brewery

It's time to soccer socialize again!

It's been a while since our last K+S #SoccerSocialHour in New York, so we're going to do it bigger than ever.

To begin with, for this #SoccerSocialHour, we are joining forces with our 2017 charitable partner, America SCORES New York, who will simultaneously host their Spring Social fundraiser.

Second, the event will take place at Brooklyn Brewery, where your ticket will not only help fund America SCORES NY's great soccer and poetry programming, but also let you drink you unlimited tasty beers all evening. 

So join us! It's been too long since the NYC soccer community came together to socialize, drink beer, and help a good cause.  

EVENT DETAILS

When: Saturday, April 8, 9:00PM-Midnight
Where: Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (MAP | Directions)
Details: Open bar, raffle, performance by DJ Mario, snacks from Insomnia Cookies, popcorn from Nitehawk Cinema, and, of course, lots of soccer socializing!
Tickets:  Early bird or until it runs out: $50 | March 25-April 8: $65
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Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival and America SCORES New York partner in 2017

K+S and America SCORES New York to work together to support soccer culture and promote soccer programming in New York City

New year. New partner.

K+S Soccer Film Festival is excited to announce a new partnership with America SCORES New York, the leader in grassroots soccer programming in New York City.

“We couldn’t be more excited about partnering with America SCORES New York,” K+S cofounder and director Greg Lalas said. “The work they do in the community and in schools in the Big Apple, imparting a love of soccer and poetry, is right in line with what K+S believes in: that soccer is not just a game, but also a passion that has the power to bring us together.”

Over the course of 2017, K+S and America SCORES New York will cross-promote and support each other’s marketing efforts, including our flagship festival, K+S New York 2017, taking place June 6-9. Other efforts include regular K+S #SoccerSocialHour get-togethers, the SCORES Cup corporate tournament series, and America SCORES’ year-end Poetry SLAM! In addition, K+S and America SCORES New York will team up for the NYFEST soccer tournament on Saturday, April 22, in Brooklyn.

“We are honored and excited to be partnering with Kicking + Screening this year,” Shannon Schneeman, executive director of America SCORES New York, said. “We both believe that soccer is so much more than a sport; it builds community, teaches valuable life skills and creates future leaders. We hope that this partnership can help tell the amazing soccer stories developing right here in NYC, while bringing together soccer lovers from around the city!”

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ABOUT KICKING + SCREENING
The Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival is the world's premier international 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. K+S festivals take place annually in New York and select cities around the globe each year.

ABOUT AMERICA SCORES NEW YORK
America SCORES New York strives to empower students in under-served communities using soccer, writing, creative expression and service-learning. With teamwork as the unifying value, America SCORES New York inspires youth to lead healthy lifestyles, be engaged students and become agents of change in their communities. Its 15 public elementary and middle school partners are located in West Harlem, Washington Heights and Brooklyn. Through these partnerships, the program impacts over 600 students each year, ages 5-18. School soccer teams are formed to create a sense of belonging and provide an opportunity to be physically active. The soccer teams also participate in writing workshops and their families are brought to together for soccer games, poetry slams and service projects to celebrate student achievement and build community. 

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"Club Frontera" wins the 2016 Kicking + Screening Golden Whistle Award

The 2017 Kicking + Screening Golden Whistle, given annually to the best film at K+S Soccer Film Festival New York as determined by the K+S film board, has been awarded to Club Frontera, directed by Chris Cashman and produced by Eddie Cahan. 

Over the years, we've found that the best soccer films are never actually about "soccer" but about people: about challenges, identity, character, and inspiration. Club Frontera has all of that, and more. It has a great story and great storytelling. It celebrates how a game can bring pride, hope, and unity to a fractured city and that passion is not only boundless, but also borderless.

This year’s Golden Whistle is given in memoriam of Lena Kasambalides, our beloved friend and K+S team member who passed away suddenly in August. Her presence was deeply missed at this year's festival.

Lena (pictured below) brought an energy and vivaciousness to any space she entered, any conversation she joined. We are grateful that her love of the Beautiful Game brought her into our lives, and that we had several years to call her a colleague and, more importantly, a friend. She was a generous spirit and so giving with her time, her enthusiasm, and her dedication. We know she would have loved all the events this year, and would have been right there with us raising a glass of tequila to the Xolos.

Lena Kasambalides at the 2010 K+S Soccer Film Festival. 

Lena Kasambalides at the 2010 K+S Soccer Film Festival. 

Grant Wahl, Andres Flores to appear at K+S New York 2016

The 2016 Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival in New York is next week, running from September 13-16, and we are thrilled to announce several special guests who will join us for panel discussions and Q&As during the week.

Tuesday, September 13

Panel Discussion: "Soccer and the Culture of Design"

For more and more Americans, soccer has become the game of their life. Part of that is how the game is represented by a cool modern design, as seen in high-end soccer magazines, hand-designed sticker albums, independent fashion lines, and even fan Instagram accounts. This panel will mesh perfectly with the feature film on opening night, Stickers: Collecting Fever, which delves into the obsession with football sticker collecting. Panelists:  

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Wednesday, September 14

Q&A with director Chris Cashman, director of Club Frontera

The feature film on Night 2 is Club Frontera, about Tijuana-based Liga MX club Xolos and its unique connections to the soccer scene on both sides of the USA-Mexico border. Cashman will discuss the club, its incredible rise to glory, and how his film attempts to tell the story of one club and two countries.  

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Thursday, September 15

Q&A with El Salvador international Andres Flores

Uno: la historia de un gol tells the story of the lone goal scored by El Salvador in a 10-1 loss at the 1982. Flores, who has represented his country nearly 50 times and currently plays for the New York Cosmos, understands the power of that lone goal. He'll discuss the legacy of the 1982 team and how even in a losing effort there can be triumph.

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Friday, September 16

Closing night, as always, is just a party!

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Christian Fuchs has a message for K+S fans

Thanks to our friends at Athletes Quarterly, we recently discovered a new soccer filmmaker: Christian Fuchs of Premier League champions Leicester city. 

In short, he wants you to attend this year's K+S Soccer Film Festival in New York, being held from September 13-16 at Scandinavia House in Manhattan. So watch his little film, then check out the festival lineup and buy your tickets!