The Gray Seasons, an emotional and award-winning documentary of the Saint Louis University women's basketball team, will be shown at the St. Louis International Film Festival at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Tivoli.
Director Robert Herrera, director of photography David Rocco and Coach Shimmy Gray-Miller will be in attendance for the Q&A following the screening.
Critics have called this documentary a "rival to the classic Hoop Dreams," and a "brutally honest" story that is "touching," "compelling" and "inspiring."
The Gray Seasons focuses on Saint Louis University women's basketball, a longstanding Division I program with a lack of tradition and success. Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds of overcoming the losing culture of the program, Shimmy Gray-Miller, a young, dynamic coach with a personal history of playing and coaching success, is brought in to turn things around. She embarks on her first head-coaching position and is armed with her first class of determined recruits. Driven to change the trajectory of the basketball program, the team sets their sights on success, attempting to pull SLU from its last place conference standings to a conference contender.
The film features music composed, produced and performed by Fayetteville resident John Kelley. Kelley is a career fine artist and musician, who has worked on several music projects with Herrera over the past decade. He has enjoyed success playing with several bands in the Austin music scene and as a solo artist. He is currently finishing his MFA in drawing/painting at the University of Arkansas.
The Gray Seasons won Best Editing-Feature at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase and took an Honorable Mention at the L.A. Art House Film Festival. Additionally, the movie has been featured at festivals across the country including San Antonio, Cincinnati, Louisville, Paducah and Fayetteville.