Wow. That's just about all we can say. WOW!
The 6th annual Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival, presented by Budweiser, came to a close on Friday night with one helluva bang. The films -- Match for Peace, Geronimo's Promise, and El Otro SuperClasico -- took fans on a celluloid trip to Brazil. And then the afterparty, hosted by Howler Magazine and featuring live music from the incredible Underground Horns, brought us to the final whistle in fine samba-groovin' style.
Along the way, it was an amazing adventure of soccer and culture. A few highlights that stick out to us:
- the opening-night panel about soccer and national identity with Gabe Spitzer, Grant Wahl, and Zohair Ghenania
- the incredible cliffhanger we were left with at the end of the We Must Go sneak peek; can't wait for the final film!
- that amazing moment on Night 2 when the NYC soccer families came together as Robin Fraser from the New York Red Bulls and Giovanni Savarese from the New York Cosmos talked about coaching
- the inspiring stories told by Nico Calabria, a US Amputee World Cup player and star of the mini-doc Nico, on Night 3
- on the same night, a surprise visit from former US national team coach Steve Sampson, who ran into former US World Cup star Alexi Lalas for the first time in years
- the dancing -- and more dancing -- to the fantastic grooves set down by the Underground Horns on closing night
Before signing off from NYC, we would like to thank Budweiser for their support and efforts to make K+S something bigger and better than it was.
Thanks also to all the filmmakers, particularly those who came to participate in our festival with us: Scott Boggins and Gabe Spitzer (One Nation & Match for Peace), Birgit Ehret (The 1905ers), Luiz Menegaz (Geronimo's Promise), Santiago Dulce (El Otro SuperClasico), Chad Walker & Dave LaMattina (We Must Go).
Most importantly, though, thanks to you, the incredible community of #SoccerInNYC that comes out and supports K+S every year.
See you in Copenhagen, June 1-4!