Friday, February 16, 2018
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Johnson Large Theatre, Belmont University
From the rough-edged courts of New York City and recruited by Coach Pat Summitt for the University of Tennessee’s Lady Vols, Chamique Holdsclaw was hailed as the “female Michael Jordan,” impressing crowds with her artistry, athleticism and drive. A 3-time NCAA champ and Number One draft pick in the WNBA, Holdsclaw seemed destined for a spectacular professional career—until her long-suppressed battle with mental illness emerged to derail her career and threaten her life. Mind/Game intimately chronicles Holdsclaw’s athletic accomplishments and personal setbacks, and her decision, despite public stigma, to become an outspoken mental health advocate. Still, she would face dramatic, unexpected challenges to her own recovery. The film, narrated by Glenn Close, tells a powerful story of courage, struggle, and redemption.
Rick Goldsmith strives to tell stories that encourage social engagement and active participation in community life and the democratic process, and to stimulate young minds to question the world around them. Prior to directing and producing Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw, Goldsmith co-produced and co-directed (with Judith Ehrlich) The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009), an Academy-Award nominee for Best Feature Documentary, an Emmy nominee, and winner of a George Foster Peabody award. Born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, Goldsmith came west in 1975 and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area ever since. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), and Writers Guild of America, West.
Los Angeles Sparks’ Chamique Holdsclaw, right, yells out as she hobbles upcourt after being injured in the first quarter against the Seattle Storm during a WNBA first-round playoff basketball game, Friday, Aug. 18, 2006, in Seattle. She’s followed by teammate Murriel Page, left, and Seattle Storm’s Iziane Castro Marques. Holdsclaw returned to the game in the quarter. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)