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The Founders (2016)

TV-Y | | Documentary, Sport | 4 April 2016 (USA)
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They were not supposed to be athletes. They were not supposed to get paid to play. They were not supposed call the shots. But, they did.
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Credited cast:
Patty Berg ... Self (archive footage)
Ella Marie Cyr Ella Marie Cyr ... Young Shirley Spork (as Ella Cyr)
Althea Gibson ... Self (archive footage)
Rhonda Glenn Rhonda Glenn ... Self - 1st Female Anchor on ESPN (archive footage)
Liz Kahn Liz Kahn ... Self - Golf Journalist
Cristie Kerr Cristie Kerr ... Self - LPGA Tour: 1997-Present
Billie Jean King ... Self - Pro Tennis Player (archive footage)
Stacy Lewis Stacy Lewis ... Self - LPGA Tour: 2009-Present
Nancy Lopez Nancy Lopez ... Self - LPGA Tour: 1977-2000
Bella Lotz ... Young Marlene
Caleb Messer Caleb Messer ... Boy #2
Christian E. Mims Christian E. Mims ... Adult Louise Suggs
Byron Nelson ... Self (archive footage)
Arnold Palmer ... Self (archive footage)
Renee Powell Renee Powell ... Self - LPGA Tour: 1967-1980
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The Founders chronicles stories of the founding 13 members of the Ladies Professional Golf Association as they fought overcome incredible odds in order to form the longest running women's sports organization in the world in the late 1940's. Although fierce competitors in an intensely individual sport, The Founders worked as a team to shift the public's perception of what it meant to be a lady on the links. While their male counterparts drew adoring crowds and handsome purses for their athletic achievements, The Founders used money from their own pockets to stage tournaments in small, far-flung towns that questioned whether female golfers were even worth watching. Together, they logged thousands of miles a week-marketing equipment and themselves with hit parades, clown cars and boxing rings-just for the opportunity to tee off from courses that they also had to groom. Love of the game and the ardent belief that, as much as the men, they deserved to be paid for playing fueled the ...

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They were not supposed to be athletes. They were not supposed to get paid to play. They were not supposed call the shots. But they did.


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Affecting and important documentary
6 July 2017 | by justinannazoneSee all my reviews

The Founders is an eye-opening and important piece of documentary filmmaking. Spanning decades, the film tells the story of the founding of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). I personally knew nothing about the start of the LPGA or its 13 founders highlighted in the film before seeing it and now I have a great respect and appreciation for them. These women showed determination and a pioneering spirit to get the Tour off the ground and make it possible for women to play professional sports. It is hard not to be in awe of these women as they recount the events, like clinics and fashion shows, they had to do to raise awareness for their competitions. These are things male golfers did not have to do, by the way. The fantastically pieced together archival footage and reenactments capture the era incredibly well and can be very interesting from a historical perspective. The best part of the documentary though is the interviews with the surviving founders. Being able to hear Marilynn Smith, Shirley Spork, Louise Suggs and Marlene Bauer Vossler recount personal anecdotes and feelings elevates the footage and the emotional impact of the film. Some moments will make you laugh, like Suggs and Vossler recounting a strange incident on the road, while others will make you tear up, like hearing about Babe Zaharias' battle with cancer. The Founders is a film that carriers weight, telling the history of something that most people have not thought to tell before and paying tribute to not only sports heroes, but feminist heroes as well. This film was deeply affecting and I highly recommend seeing it.

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