Growing up, Sami Grisafe was one of the boys. Athletically talented and determined, she tackles obstacles to become the first female quarterback and captain for her high school football team and later, a trailblazer for women’s tackle football as a 3 time gold medal winning quarterback for Team USA.
Take an epic journey into the heart of women’s tackle football as OPEN FIELD introduces the world to the women of gridiron. Rife with all the obstacles that stand between pioneers and the paths they forge, Open Field illuminates what stands in the way of these women and their quest for greatness. Open Field takes an offensive stance on timely issues such as gender, equality, funding, the need for a unified league, and the desire to be taken seriously in order to do what they love.
Watch as Sami Grisafe and her hard-hitting teammates take the field to create a path that didn’t exist, an open playing field. A movement, made up of women and men, is reshaping convention while overcoming everything from dislocated knees, to concussions to gender stereotypes. In a quest to rewrite the playbook and integrate women, these remarkable football players, managers and supporters alike “change the game” by tackling conventions that have previously blocked women from playing on an Open Field.
Shot on location over the course of ten years with full access to practice sessions, games, private team conversations in locker rooms and off-the-field activities, the film follows the progression of the U.S. Women’s National Team through training camp and the world championships as well as multiple seasons with the Chicago Force. The film also draws upon home-video footage and archival images to show the compelling backstory behind our lead character, Sami Grisafe, through youth leagues and high school.
Showcases women trailblazers of football including Sami Grisafe, three-time quarterback for Team USA and the first female quarterback to play in a Division I California H.S. game, and Katie Sowers, assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers and one of the first female coaches in the NFL, among other dynamic athletes, coaches and team owners.
Features those who have gone against the grain to champion a more inclusive future of football including Kyle Shanahan, head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Franco Harris, Football Legend and Hall of Famer, and John Konecki, Team USA, Chicago Force and state high school champion coach, among others who’ve supported women athletes and coaches from youth leagues to semi pro teams and careers in the NFL.
Directed by Kathy Kuras. Edited by John Alexander (This is Love, Bender, Shut up and Drive, Suspect). Story Edit by Lyndsay Hailey (Magic Mike Live, Second City National Touring Co.).
A Feature Documentary Film with an Original Soundtrack by Sami Grisafe in Post-Production.
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