Monday, February 1, 2010
“Sonicsgate” selected to screen at BAM Fest
“Sonicsgate: Requiem For A Team,” the critically acclaimed documentary chronicling the true story of the Seattle SuperSonics’ tragic demise, has been selected for the Beer And Movie Fest (BAM) in Portland, Oregon. “Sonicsgate” will screen at the Bagdad Theater & Pub (3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd.) on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 7:15 P.M.
BAM is a two-week, four-venue, 50-film screening festival in Portland from Feb. 10 – 26
showcasing the best Northwest brews alongside some of the best films of our time. Buy tickets,
check showtimes and view additional information at www.bamfestpdx.com.
“Sonicsgate” director Jason Reid said he expects a packed house at BAM, as the Northwest
community unites to celebrate the Sonics’ rich history and learn why the team ultimately left town.
“Even though they were our I-5 rivals, TrailBlazers fans have been among the most supportive
people in our fight for the Sonics,” Reid said. “All those battles between Seattle and Portland
going back so many years – from Walton and Sikma to Drexler and Payton – it’s a cultural
centerpiece that was stolen from the Northwest, and we have to get it back.”
“Sonicsgate” was released free to the public online at www.sonicsgate.org, collecting
more than 70,000 views since its October 12 release amidst several sold-out theatrical
screenings in Seattle. Sports Illustrated named it the “Most Persuasive Grassroots Flick
of 2009” in its Year In Sports Media issue (Dec. 2009).
More than just a sports movie, the two-hour investigative documentary dissects the
modern business of professional sports, exposing how a perfect storm of corporate greed
and political impotence ripped a beloved 41-year institution out of Seattle, leaving die-
hard fans toiling helplessly in their fight to keep the Sonics.
Due to its independent production and online release, “Sonicsgate” is currently in
contention for eleven categories at the upcoming Webby Awards. Visit
www.sonicsgate.org/webby to watch the exclusive Webby Trailer.
Jason Reid will be in Portland on Feb. 9-10 as the Blazers take on the Oklahoma City Thunder
(formerly the Seattle SuperSonics). Reid is available to schedule television and radio interviews
during that time as well as Feb. 19-20 before the BAM screening. Contact Jason at email@example.com