2017 World Rowing Championship
Facebook Live Broadcast
with Adam Reist, Abbie Young and Matt Lagle discussing the film and upcoming premiere at The Sarasota Film Festival
April 4, 2017
SARASOTA, Fla.— A sold out crowd packed a theater at Regal Hollywood 20 in Sarasota last Friday evening for the world premiere of Dare to Be, a documentary on women’s rowing. Adam Reist, the film’s director and Abbie Young, a collegiate rower featured in the documentary, were on hand for the screening at this year’s Sarasota Film Festival. The 2017 World Rowing Championships Host Committee was proud to partner with the Sarasota Film Festival to bring the movie to the hometown of this year’s marquee regatta. Following the film, Reist and Young participated in a panel discussion, where they were asked questions by a moderator and then moviegoers. Reist issued the following statement after the premiere about his experience on Florida’s Suncoast:
It was great coming down to Sarasota for the 2017 Sarasota Film Festival and premiering Dare to Be. Abbie and I couldn’t have been happier with how our premiere turned out. Everyone in Sarasota and associated with the film festival were so welcoming. We met lots of of really cool people. Besides screening our film, Abbie and I enjoyed partaking in all aspects of the festival, seeing great films, chilling in the lounge and hanging out at the fun events. A specific shout out to all our friends at the 2017 World Rowing Championships for all their support and hard work in selling out the screening and making the premiere a huge success.
Reist says he is excited to make the film available for future screenings. For more information on how to host a screening, or where the film is being screened, please visit the Dare to Be website, www.daretobethemovie.com and click on the screening tab or click on this link: http://www.daretobethemovie.com/screenings.html
Rowing changes us.
It reaches into our souls and brings out the better person – on and off the water. Adam Reist, the creator of the upcoming documentary Dare to Be, was so inspired by the transformation that his daughter took when she first picked up an oar that he decided to document the story of women just like her.
The documentary follows a series of rowers ranging from novice girls to women training for the Olympics, as they overcome obstacles and seek greatness. We learn along with their journey that greatness can come in many forms and should not always be measured by traditional concepts of success, but rather by individual triumphs.
Rowing has served as a symbol for women’s equality in sport for many years, from the Yale bathroom strike in the 70’s to the U.S. women’s eight unprecedented third straight Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Let’s join together today to celebrate all the women in rowing who have made our sport such a success in the U.S. and let’s encourage the next generation of rowers to continue the tradition. Participate in the 2017 International Women’s Day by celebrating the great, rowing women in our lives by celebrating their journeys.