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:
- Grant Wahl, senior writer, Sports Illustrated
- Sebastian Alvarado, host of Coffee & Football podcast
- Dan Funderburgh, Brooklyn-based artist, left back for the Chinatown Soccer Club
- Moderator: Greg Lalas, K+S cofounder & VP of content for MLS
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.
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.
Friday, September 16