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The Heart of the Game

The Heart of the Game

The Heart of the Game captures the passion and energy of a Seattle high school girls' basketball team, the eccentricity of their unorthodox coach, and the incredible true story of one player's fight to play the game she loves.

Director Ward Serrill followed the Roosevelt Roughriders girls' basketball team for six tumultuous seasons, capturing the drama and exhilaration of youth and the inspiration of a passionate coach whose lessons of self-esteem, confidence and compassion go far beyond the court.

Released by Miramax in June 2006, the film was an official selection at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival. It has been shown at film festivals across the country, including the Tribeca Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Festival, and many more. More information about the film may be found at the Miramax web site.

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The Heart of the Game has received tremendous praise from reviewers. Click here to see a representative sampling of reviews.


Richard Roeper, of Ebert and Roeper, on The Heart of the Game:

“An Oscar-level piece of work.”


  • Winner, Best Documentary, Portland International Film Festival
  • Winner, Best Docmentary (tie with An Incovenient Truth), Maui International Film Festival
  • Winner, Bille AWard Best Entertainment, Women's Sports Foundation
  • Nominee, Best Documentary Screenplay, Writers Guild of America
  • Runner-up, Best Documentary, Seattle International Film Festival
  • World Premiere, Toronto International Film Festival

Editor: Eric Frith