'Mighty Macs' Underdog Story Finally Sees Distribution

The film based on the true story of Immaculata College’s women’s basketball team, premieres Wednesday in New York.

The Mighty Macs, a film based on the true story of the 1971-1972 Immaculata College women's basketball team that rose from obscurity to play in the national finals, is premiering Wednesday at the Times Center in New York City.

The premiere is the end of a long road to the big screen, which saw writer-director Tim Chambers struggling, first to get the film made, then seeking distribution.

“We really needed to believe in the story and the right distribution platform for the story,” Chambers told the Associated Press. “It was definitely worth the wait.” Three years after filming ended, Chambers finally secured distribution with Ocean Avenue Entertainment.

“The Mighty Macs tells the story of a small team with a big heart that wasn’t afraid to face obstacles and pursue greatness,” said Brian Benstock, President of the New York Acura Association, which teamed with the film's producers to promote the movie. “This film shows what we can accomplish when we believe in ourselves and in others, and represents the mission our businesses strive to fulfill, which is to change the way people buy cars for the better.”

Carla Gugino stars as Cathy Rush, the coach of the forlorn girls' school team who finds a way, against seemingly insurmountable odds, to bring her team to the championships. In real life, Cathy Rush was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Ellen Burstyn and David Boreanaz also star in the first theatrical film from independent production company Quaker Media. The company is owned by Chambers and executive producer Vince Curran.

The film opens nationally on Oct. 21.

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