It's Not Just A Game
The main focus of this documentary is to talk about the women's side of bowling and explore the benefits that it brings. Many people look at bowling as just something fun to do when in reality it is a sport that can lead to a professional career. Women's bowling also needs more support.
Mission StatementDirected by Najah Owens, this documentary features professional and collegiate athletes as they navigate through the sport of bowling. Women's bowling has many valuable opportunities that are overlooked. These women have put in hard work and dedication and the sport of bowling deserves more support.
About The Project
It's Not Just a Game is a vision created by Najah Owens who is currently a grad student at Scad Atlanta studying film and television. Before going to Scad Najah was a student-athlete a part of a championship-winning bowling team at North Carolina A&T. Collegiate bowling has been around since 1916 and it allows young ladies to attend college on scholarships, grow as an individual and maybe decide to join the Professional Women's Tour. Many people do not realize that there is a sport side to bowling. It takes a lot of mental and physical dedication to be a competitive bowler.
This film will feature a collegiate bowling team as they prepare for MEAC and NCAA tournaments. Kim Kearney, who is a Professional Women's bowling legend is now the head coach for this team and we will hear her perspective on collegiate bowling and what it can bring young women.
Along with a collegiate career, a professional career can come from it as well. Gazmine Mason a 3x gold medalist and former Nebraska University collegiate bowler will give insight on how she has been navigating the professional side of women's bowling. Lastly, Verity Crawley who is also a part of the Professional Women's Bowling Association and a former Webber International Collegiate bowler from the UK will give her perspective of the sport of Women's bowling.
It's Not Just A Game aims to inform the audience and give them a glimpse of a side of bowling that is not shown often. The perception of bowling is seen as a fun outing with family and friends. However, there is a whole side to bowling that many put dedicated hours into practicing, working out and competing in long tournaments. Similar to sports such as basketball who have to work out, practice long hours, and develop a mental game, competitive bowlers are built under the same standards. We want to show that women's bowling is a sport that deserves more support and recognition.
Why this Film is Important
The sport of bowling, in general, is overlooked and it still has an image that is not the greatest. However, women's bowling does not have the same support as the men. For instance, the Professional Women's tour has been around since 1960 but was taken away due to a lack of funding in 2003. For 12 years the Women's tour did not exist, it came back in 2015 but under new stipulations. If more eyes could see what really goes into the sport then maybe more support would be given and more interest would come as well. The women selected to be a part of this documentary have all used their platforms to keep pushing the sport of bowling forward. We believe the vision for this documentary will help their voices be heard even more and bring more awareness and more ladies to want to join the competitive side of bowling.
Due to Covid-19 some of this documentary has shifted. The Women's Professional Tour for this season was officially canceled in June. Sports programs at schools are now being postponed. We have confirmed with all involved that we will begin shooting in the fall and into the new year. We wanted to start this campaign now so we can already have equipment, crew, and travel locked into place. With things changing every day being prepared and ready to go at any moment is how we will make sure to get plenty of footage to bring a compelling story. Lastly, due to Covid we will have a smaller crew to keep everyone involved safe.
With your help, It's Not Just a Game can come to life. If any of this information interests you, we greatly appreciate the support and hope you enjoy the incentives we have created for you. Throughout the entire process, we plan to keep our supporters up to date with new information on how the documentary is going. Your contributions will go to travel expenses, equipment needed, post-production which include on-screen graphics, color correction, and sound mixing. Lastly, film festival submissions so we can reach a wide audience. Together we can keep moving bowling forward. Thank you so much for your support.
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About This Team
Najah Owens: Director/Creator/Editor
Najah is from Raleigh, North Carolina and is currently pursuing her MFA in Film and Television at SCAD-Atlanta. Along with her her Bachelor’s degree from North Carolina A&T in Mass Communications she was also a Collegiate Bowling Scholar Athelete from 2012-2016. She grew an interest in storytelling while working for a local news station for two years after college. Today she has directed, produced and edited several short films, music videos, documentaries and commercials in the Atlanta area. Her drive and passion to bring visions to the screen and help in any way possible to bring a story to light are what keeps her going as a filmmaker.
Nora Long: Producer
Nora is a producer, director, and cinematographer originally from Pennsylvania, now living in Atlanta, GA where she is pursuing a MFA in Film and Television from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Film from Stevenson University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and the recipient of the President's Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement in 2016. Her work includes documentaries, narrative shorts, commercials, web series, and a variety of other digital content. Aiming to challenge societal norms and expectations in hopes of inspiring positive change, she focuses on unique, socially important stories seeking to innovate and leave a lasting impact.
Gardy Swengbe: Cinematographer
Gardy is a multimedia producer with 7 years experience, ranging from small businesses and non-profits to working with a federal executive department. He is proficient in the following areas: video/audio production, studio/field lighting, color correcting, oral/written communication, and strategic marketing on digital platforms that target diverse demographics. He has experience being the cinematographer with passion projects involving music videos, documentaries, short films and commercials.