WORLD PREMIERE OF A&E INDIE FILMS’ SIDELINED

SET FOR TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ON APRIL 20TH

CHEERLEADING CONTROVERSY DOCUMENTARY
WILL AIR ON LIFETIME FOLLOWING FESTIVAL RUN

New York, NY (April 19, 2018) – A&E IndieFilms announced today that its short documentary film, SIDELINED, will have its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on April 20th.  Following a festival run, the film will air on Lifetime later this year.  SIDELINED, which follows NFL cheerleaders who became involved in a controversy when they posed for Playboy magazine in 1978, was directed by Galen Summer and produced by Jason Goldman. Jeremiah Zagar, Jeremy Yaches and A&E IndieFilms’ founder and head, Molly Thompson, executive produced the project.

“We started making this film about 3 years ago, with the talented Galen Summer and the team at Public Record, and I cannot believe how timely it is now given all the recent journalism on how similar conditions are today for cheerleaders,” said Molly Thompson, Sr. Vice President, Feature Films, A&E IndieFilms.  “I found these women incredibly compelling – they represent a moment when femininity and feminism were creating powerful currents in the culture.”

In the 1970s, NFL cheerleaders became a sensation on the sidelines and a constant feature of media coverage. At a time when the feminist movement was finding its voice and women marched in the streets for equal rights, cheerleaders found themselves in ever-skimpier costumes being chased around by cameramen trying to capture the now-infamous ‘honey shot’.

It all started with the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, whose glittering costumes and gyrating bodies immediately captured the attention of fans and broadcasters. Other teams raced to cash in, and soon a new wave of squads were born: The San Diego Chargettes, The Chicago Honey Bears, and The Los Angeles Embraceable Ewes. Women everywhere lined up to try out for these mostly unpaid positions.

In San Diego, former High School cheerleader Lynita Shilling was thrilled to make the cut and become a Chargette.  As the number of squads grew, it wasn’t long before all the skin on display caught the attention of Playboy magazine. The editors proposed a pictorial spread featuring the NFL cheerleaders, and the team management jumped at the chance for greater publicity. But when some of the women agreed to pose nude, the pictures ignited a media firestorm and the teams panicked. In a move of stunning hypocrisy, cheerleaders from teams across the country were abruptly fired, and The Chargettes were completely disbanded. SIDELINED is the untold story of the women at the heart of this controversy, and a timely reflection on a culture still grappling with female sexuality.

The Chargettes perform. Shari McDonald in SIDELINED. Photo credit: Jack Schwaesdall.

SIDELINED will play at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival in the Shorts Section on the following dates:

Friday, 4/20 at 7:00pm – Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11

Wednesday, 4/25 at 10:00pm – Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11

Friday, 4/27 at 6:30pm – Cinepolis Chelsea 8

Saturday, 4/28 at 6:30pm – Cinepolis Chelsea 8

-WILL AIR ON LIFETIME FOLLOWING FESTIVAL RUN

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