Media Release on “Off the Rez” — Doc about the Schimmel Sisters

FilmBuff Presents

OFF THE REZ

Release Date: Friday, January 24
iTunes Pre-Order Available Now: bit.ly/1i2R33O
VOD Platforms: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Xbox Video, Sony Playstation, Cinemanow and Vudu.
Watch the Trailer Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gYAIvdv9ko

Written & Directed by: Jonathan Hock

Executive Produced by: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos

Starring: Shoni Schimmel, Ceci Moses, Rick Schimmel, Jude Schimmel, Delores Moses, Lillian Moses and more…
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NYTs on the Schimmel Sisters

Here.

An excerpt:

Although basketball has long been the most popular sport on Indian reservations, seldom has that esteem translated into great performance in the highest college and professional ranks. An N.C.A.A. study indicated that during the 2011-12 academic year, only 21 women and 4 men identified as American Indian/Alaska Native participated among the 10,151 basketball players at the Division I level.

The Schimmel sisters, who belong to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla in eastern Oregon, are not only participating, but also have become indispensable members of Louisville’s team. Shoni Schimmel, a 5-foot-10 junior guard, leads the Cardinals in scoring at 14.4 points a game and has seemingly unlimited range on her arcing 3-point shot. Jude Schimmel, a 5-5 sophomore, is the team’s steady sixth man.

ESPN’s Coverage of Louisville Basketball Win: “Schimmels Lead Cards to Final Four”

Article here.

Shoni, a junior, had a game-high 24 points Tuesday and was named the regional’s most outstanding player. Jude, a sophomore, had 15 points.

Maybe there will be a movie about them someday. There has already been a documentary, “Off the Rez,” which details how Shoni and her siblings moved with their mother, Ceci Moses, off the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon to Portland, where Moses took a job as a high school girls basketball coach.

The Schimmel sisters have become heroes especially to Native Americans nationwide, and this Final Four spotlight on them and Louisville will be a huge emotional point of pride for their many supporters.