On the heels of what can only be called a breathtaking Nationals comes a very sad anniversary in the sport of figure skating: the 50th anniversary crash of Sabena Flight 584, which went down on approach to Brussels’ Zaventem Airport en route to the World Figure Skating Championships, killing 18 members of the 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team, their coaches, family, and friends, but not their spirit and strength that helped shape American figure skating.
In commemoration of this poignant anniversary, U.S. Figure Skating in conjunction with NCM Fathom will screen the historic skating film, RISE, in nearly 500 theaters throughout the country. The recent addition of a Jackson Hole, Wyoming theater means that figure skaters and fans in all fifty states will now have a chance to revisit and experience the victory and heartache behind the 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team.
RISE, a celebration of the splendor of American figure skating and its increase popularity, is produced and directed by sixteen-time Emmy Award winners Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern, the forces behind Lookalike Productions. In addition to beautifully-choreographed programs and interviews with American figure skating greats are the stories of those who perished in Sabena Flight 584, including Laurence Owen, Stephanie Westerfeld, Douglas Ramsay, and the ice dancing team of Roger Campbell and Dona Lee Carrier.
Owen, the 1961 U.S. Ladies Champion, will be voiced by Dakota Fanning and her mother, nine-time U.S. Ladies Champion Vinson Owen, by Patricia Clarkson. They join the faces of storytellers and figure skaters Brian Boitano, Michelle Kwan, Scott Hamilton, and Evan Lysacek among others who come together to share the triumphs and tragedies of their sport over the past fifty years.
Cinemark in Robinson Township and Cinemark at Pittsburgh Mills IMAX are the only two Pittsburgh-area theaters that will screen this 120-minute film, according to a list of participating theaters released by U.S. Figure Skating in early November. The film will begin at 8:00 PM at both Cinemark theaters.
Moviegoers are encouraged to purchase advanced tickets to this one-night only, live event, which is expected to sell-out in numerous theaters throughout the country. Pittsburgh, with its large concentration of skaters in the area, may very well be one of the cities to see ticket sales sell-out quickly.
For more information on RISE, visit www.rise1961.com and check out the film’s official Facebook page for behind-the-scene photos, discussions, photos, and a link to a free download of the movie’s theme song “Rise.”