UW Volleyball Documentary Earns Award Recognition
Feb. 15, 2008
The public television documentary Generation IX, which features the players and coaches of the University of Washington's 2005 national champion volleyball team, has been named a finalist for a 2008 Billie Award.
The Billies 'honor media excellence in the portrayal of girls and women in sports.' They are named in honor of women's sports pioneer Billie Jean King, and are presented annually by the Women's Sports Foundation.
The Billies will be held on April 15, 2008 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. This event will gather celebrities from film, television and professional athletics, including Billie Jean King, as well as feature a special performance by Sir Elton John..
The Billies are awarded in five categories: Three for outstanding productions (Journalism, Entertainment and Breakthrough & Innovation), and two for outstanding individuals (Female Sports Journalist and Industry Leader.) Generation IX is a finalist in the Entertainment category, which includes nonfiction documentaries and films.
Last year's winner in the Entertainment category was Seattle's Ward Serrill for 'Heart of the Game,' (Miramax). The 2006 winner was Joseph M. Lavine for 'Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team,' (HBO Sports).
Other past winners include Christine Brennan of USA Today, John Fish & John Barr of ESPN, Bud Greenspan (the Olympic Games filmmaker) of Cappy Productions, Ross Greenberg of HBO Sports, Francis Lyons & Robert Yacyshyn of MTV and Jane Gottesman & Geoffrey Biddle of Game Face Productions.
About Generation IX, produced by Jack & Leslie Hamann
A compelling, articulate and exceptionally entertaining documentary about women athletes and Title IX, Generation IX features the players and coaches of the University of Washington's 2005 national champion volleyball team. The athletes--on tour through China--are surprisingly candid about how confidence, sacrifice and persistence are necessary and difficult ingredients of their success. Issues like race, gender roles and the risk of injury add richness and depth to both modern and historical discussions about athletic equity. Candid revelations by players' parents add an unexpected and thought-provoking twist. Award-winning producers Jack and Leslie Hamann are also veteran high school volleyball coaches, while Leslie is a former player at UCLA.