Last year I had the opportunity to support the production of a feature film honoring the life of Ann Gregory, a remarkable athlete and civil rights advocate.
Her story is largely untold, but Ann Gregory broke barriers as the first Black female golfer to play in a USGA tournament. The movie honoring her life and legacy, Playing Through, was written and produced by a friend and client who lives here in Sarasota.
The movie was shot in Sarasota and relied on local talent from the Ringling College, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, and many more talented Sarasota artisans and contributors. Playing Through has been accepted to the Sarasota Film Festival, where it will be featured on April 2 and 4; tickets remain available for the second date here. The film has also been accepted at the prestigious Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival, the Harlem International Film Festival, and is recognized by the Sundance Institute's ReFrame Project.
Follow updates on Playing Through at @playingthroughmovie.