Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival Opens On Wednesday

New York, NY — The 3rd annual Kicking + Screening (K+S) Soccer Film Festival, presented by the New York Red Bulls, kicks off Wednesday, July 20th with the New York premiere of Argentina Fútbol Club at the world-famous Tribeca Cinemas.

The festival runs from Wednesday, July 20, through Saturday, July 23, and includes four other feature films: Rise & Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story, Soka Afrika, Match 64, and The Referee.

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“Golden Whistle” Jury Prize
K+S also announced today the launch of the “Golden Whistle” jury prize, to be awarded to the top feature film at the K+S/NY 2011 festival.

The “Golden Whistle” will be awarded following the final film of the festival, on Saturday, July 23.

Jury panel:
Stephen Colvin, CEO of The Newsweek Daily Beast Company. A Belfast native, Colvin is a lifelong Liverpool FC fan and cofounder with his two sons of the PASS (Pass to Africa Soccer Support) charity.

Jurgen Mainka, Vice President of Communications and Community Relations for the New York Red Bulls. Mainka has been a communications executive in the US soccer industry for more than a decade, but still wishes he had been “a film major.”

Rachel Markus, cofounder and codirector of K+S. Always an avid fan of and participant in the beautiful game, she studied film at NYU and has worked in the film industry since 2002.

Founded in April 2009 by Greg Lalas and Rachel Markus, the Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival is the world's premier international soccer film festival held in New York City every summer and features satellite festivals around the globe. K+S’s mission is to engage, connect, and inspire soccer and film enthusiasts through the celebration and presentation of soccer culture. Dedicated to showcasing the best soccer cultural events, K+S provides a forum for soccer-inspired filmmakers, artists, and writers to showcase their work and bring attention to this underappreciated, emerging genre.

The New York Red Bulls is one of 18 teams that comprise the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States – Major League Soccer. The Red Bulls enter their second season at Red Bull Arena – the premier soccer facility in North America located in Harrison, NJ – after winning the Eastern Conference regular season title and completing one of the best turnarounds in MLS history in 2010. Led by MLS Coach of the Year finalist Hans Backe, the Red Bulls boast international stars Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez, MLS Newcomer of the Year finalist Joel Lindpere and U.S. Men’s National Team players Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1.877.RBSOCCER or log onto