The documentary, “American Cheerleader,” will screen in more than 400 movie theaters across the U.S. on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 8 at 12:55 p.m.
“American Cheerleader” screened at several national film festivals last year, including the Louisville Film Festival where it won the Audience Favorite Award. The film offers unprecedented access and follows the journey of two high school cheerleading teams vying for the National High School Cheerleading Championship title. After months of hard work and preparation, cheerleaders from Southwestern High School in Somerset, Kentucky, and Burlington Township High School in Burlington, New Jersey, advance through regionals and earn a place in the Championship Finals to compete for the coveted white jacket – the prestigious symbol of tireless dedication in high school competitive cheerleading.
“American Cheerleader” is directed by filmmakers James Pellerito and David Barba of Retribution Media, and produced by Milojo Productions, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ production company. The film is being released by Varsity Spirit, in partnership with Fathom Events.
Now in its 35th year, the National High School Cheerleading Championship is a two-day event held at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando. The event hosts more than 600 teams from 38 states that are judged on crowd-leading abilities, stunting and tumbling skills, and overall performance. The competition also hosts more than 50,000 spectators each year and is televised worldwide on ESPN and ESPN2 to more than 100 million homes in 32 countries.