‘Winning Girl’ Finally Gets Hawaii TV Premiere
An award-winning documentary about a Hawaii teen athlete who chased her dream of competing nationally in bothÂ judo and wrestling will get its local premiere,Â four months after it debuted nationally.
As reported here in May, “Winning Girl” aired on theÂ World ChannelÂ as part of itsÂ â€œAmerica ReFramedâ€ documentary series. ButÂ no cable providers in Hawaii carry the World Channel, and filmmakerÂ Kimberlee BassfordÂ ofÂ Making Waves FilmsÂ was unable to find a local broadcast partner, even though the film was supported in part byÂ Pacific Islanders in Communications.
Even backÂ then, though, Bassford thought that Oceanic and its “100 percent local”Â OC16 channel would be a good fit. Sure enough, this Sunday, Sept. 20, “Winning Girl” will get itsÂ Hawaii television broadcast premiere on OC16 at 7 p.m.
The film, which was re-introduced to HonoluluÂ at a screening on Friday, follows youth athleteÂ Teshya Alo from age 12 through 16. Alo, a Kamehameha Schools student, competes in two sports at the same time, juggling intense training and schoolwork, and dealing with puberty on top of it all. We see Alo beat boys and compete with women twice her age, and her whole family rallies to support her dream, despite the costs of traveling to mainland and international events.
“Winning Girl” won theÂ Special Jury Award for Documentary Feature at this year’sÂ Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, and was nominated for the festival’sÂ Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature. This after it’s world premiere last November at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
Following Sunday’s premiere on OC16, “Winning Girl” will air several more times over the next few weeks:
- Tuesday,Â SeptemberÂ 22 at 6:30am
- Wednesday,Â SeptemberÂ 23 atÂ 3:00pm
- Friday,Â SeptemberÂ 25 atÂ 10:00am
- Saturday,Â SeptemberÂ 26 atÂ 6:00pm
- Sunday,Â SeptemberÂ 27 atÂ 6:00am
- Monday,Â SeptemberÂ 28 atÂ 1:00pm
- Wednesday,Â SeptemberÂ 30 atÂ 9:00pm
- Thursday, OctoberÂ 1 at 6:30am
- Sunday, OctoberÂ 4 at 7:00pm