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Jennifer Beals as Miss Val

BealsJennifer Beals has joined the cast of Sean Cisterna’s Full Out, a inspirational sports movie based on the true story of Ariana Berlin, a California gymnast …

Beals will play UCLA gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field, who helped Berlin return to her school’s gymnastics team and win an NCAA championship. …

The ‘Flashdance’ star plays a UCLA coach alongside co-star Ana Golja of ‘Degrassi’ fame

Ariana Berlin – the movie

Ariana Berlin’s comeback story was made for Hollywood: Nearly-fatal car accident ends a young girl’s Olympic gymnastics aspirations. Girl turns to dance but does not give up her other dream of competing for the UCLA Gymnastics team. Girl gets an opportunity to make the team at UCLA and ends up becoming an All-American.

… art is now imitating life, as Berlin’s story is being turned into a movie called Full Out.

Learn more about Berlin’s story in the third installment of UCLA’s “I Am” series: “I Am … Full Out: The Ariana Berlin Movie”.


Ariana Berlin with Ana Golja, the actress who will play Ariana.


Watch a promo video on UCLA Bruins.

MG Elite documentary planned

Like Gymnastike’s Beyond The Routine (subscription) and the terrific Sports2Visuals documentary series launched May 2013, THE HARD WAY TO SUCCESS (free), Lauren Hopkins and collaborators on The Gymnternet have something exciting coming our way. Free. :-)

MG Elite

In a new and very exciting endeavor, The Gymternet will produce a documentary series about MG Elite’s journey leading up to the Olympic Games.

The series will focus on 2014 U.S. junior national champion Jazzy Foberg and 2013 U.S. junior national silver medalist Laurie Hernandez – two of the biggest junior prospects in the country leading up to Rio 2016

2013 U.S. junior national vault champion Ariana Agrapides, too young for Rio 2016 but training for Tokyo 2020 – will also make appearances throughout the series. …

Our plan is to release episodes online every few months leading up to the Olympic Games, right down to the team being named at Olympic Trials. If Hernandez and/or Foberg are selected for the team that will compete in Rio, we will follow their journey there …

The Gymternet Will Produce MG Elite Documentary

related – Triple Twist – Aug 2013 – Chatting with the MG Elites…Laurie Hernandez, Ariana Agrapides, and Jazmyn Foberg

These in depth documentaries are terrifically popular. We need MORE aspiring movie makers.


I’d love to see her go into acting. TV or film. :-)

THWTS – Anthony van Assche

The Hard Way To Success – Episode 15

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

new – THWTS now has a webshop for those who would like to help support the development of these video features.

indiegogo – Men’s Gymnastics movie

Larry Cruz proposes to make a movie promoting men’s gymnastics, motivated by the need to SAVE Men’s NCAA Gymnastics.

His fundraising goal is $500,000.


The story of ten gymnast ranging from intermediate to collegiate levels give all they have physically and mentally to stand on top of the podium every competition.

We are saving the dreams of our gymnastic kids, while saving men’s gymnastics in the NCAA.

Details via that link.

Great cause. Personally I feel the budget is too high. And Larry’s promo video does not fill me with confidence that he’s the right guy to put together an inspirational movie.

(via Gymnast Crossing)

CHALK IT UP – the film

Brooke Buffington and Maddy Curley are still looking for money to produce the NEXT Gymnastics movie.

Brooke updates via email:

Thanks to some amazing investors, CHALK IT UP begins production on September 4th in Riverside, CA and then will move to International Gymnastics camp in the middle of September to film all of our gymnastics sequences.

If you would like to contact CHALK IT UP please email:


LIKE their Facebook page.

Props Department

Props Department

deja vu all over again

What film am I reminded of? :-)

Our Nelli Kim – new documentary

Rewriting Russian Gymnastics:

… Nelli is highly respected in her home country, and there is a Nelli Kim Academy of Gymnastics in her town of Chimkent (Kazakhstan). sports.kz has also just released a new video documentary on the great champion …

Our Nelli Kim : a new documentary

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Nelli is not going to be remembered as one of the great FIG WT Chairs. I certainly hope she does not run unopposed again next cycle.

She was a fantastic athlete, however, better than Nadia in many ways. Nadia’s strongest competitor.

Nelli Kim competed once competed in my home town. I still recall how fantastic she was to watch LIVE. And how surprised I was to see her wearing a drab brown leotard. :-)

Chalk it Up – the movie

It’s happening.

CHALK IT UP is a family-friendly feature film that will make you laugh-out-loud and love the sport of gymnastics.

They are doing another round of fund-raising on indiegogo. Click through to watch a preview of the movie.

Tryouts for the NEW Harvard women’s Gymnastics team. :-)

Gabby at Chows

GK Elite interview:

GK: What is your overall feeling about the Gabby Douglas story, as it was portrayed on television to the world?

GD: I am very pleased with the movie! So many people have told me how inspirational it was, and that was exactly the message that I wanted the move to tell. It makes me happy that it touched so many lives! It’s very humbling to know that you can have a positive effect on others.

GK: We’ve seen you make appearances on a Disney Channel show, as well as a sitcom. Do you plan on being in any other shows in the future?

GD: I really enjoy acting and would like to do more in the future. For now, I have had to turn down some amazing appearances and acting opportunities so that I can focus on my training.

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fantastic video – Balancing act

Must see.

Director: Koen Mortier

Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo.

NATIONALE NEDERLANDEN / Gymnasts from Martin Leroy on Vimeo.

It’s beautiful – the pacing, the tone, the music – did you orchestrate everything beforehand with precision or did some things evolve during the production?

I travelled earlier to Bucharest to see the trainers and their pupils, the gymnasts, so I could talk with them and see what kind of exercises the youngsters could do in difficult circumstances. It was very important for me that each gymnast had a difficult and astonishing moment, because I planned to shoot that moment in slow motion.

Was it all shot in situ or is there some fairly clever vfx work in the film?

Everything is shot live, but there are moments where the gymnast is wired, for instance the boy doing his exercise on the cement mixer was secured and the girl on the beam was also secured. We’d practiced the exercises throughout the whole week and on set for the last two days, so that the young gymnasts could get used to the set and the situation. …

The biggest challenge was to find a sports hall, where we had the possibility to paint, to put in all the materials and then break windows and add water to the whole thing without major damage. My producer Joop and art director Wilbert had sleepless nights about this.

Balancing act

I have NO idea what that commercial is about.

(via Irving Nochez)

HUVr Hoverboard a hoax

Have you seen this?

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

If only it was real.

Tony Hawk:

I was recently invited to participate in a prank video “revealing” the reality of -. It seemed harmless and fun, but the video spread and it was wildly misleading. This was not a promotion for a new movie or -, nor did I get paid …

related – HUVr Tech ‘Real Hoverboard’ Is a Hoax: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know