Sarah Megan Thomas

This contest is now closed. Thank you for entering! You can’t go home again, but Abigail Brooks (Sarah Megan Thomas) is finding that perhaps she just might want to in Ben Hickernell‘s Backwards. Co-starring Dawson Leery himself (James Van Der Beek), Hickernell’s film (which Thomas has also written and produced) centers on Abigail, an Olympic class rower who is ticked off when she’s chosen as an alternate for the U.S. Olympic team. Angry and sad, Abigail quits the team and heads home to coach the crew team at her old high school. Regressive? Did we tell you that Van Der Beek plays her old boyfriend, who is also working at their high school? Perhaps the past is worth a visit. In support of the theatrical release of Backwards, we’re giving away two (2) signed posters from the film to two (count ‘em, two!) lucky readers. The standard one-sheet poster has been signed by James Van Der Beek, Margaret Colin, Sarah Thomas, and director Ben Hickernell. To win one (1) signed poster from Ben Hickernell’s Backwards, all you have to do is jump down into the comments section and let us know the title of your favorite film about sports (and feel free to get as creative with your interpretation of “sports” as you’d like). Please also provide your email address in your comment. This contest is only open to U.S. residents. The contest will close on Friday, September 21st, at 8:00PM PST. The winner will be chosen at random to receive one signed Backwards  poster […]

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Just in time to capitalize on Olympic fever comes the rowing movie starring James Van Der Beek that you had no idea you wanted (or, most likely, that you also had no idea even existed). In Backwards, Van Der Beek (Der Beek? Beek? Mr. Beek? Da Beek?) plays second fiddle to relative newcomer Sarah Megan Thomas as Abi Brooks, a world-class rower who has worked her entire life to competing (and winning) in the Olympics. Yeah, that doesn’t work out so much – booted from her team, Abi ends up back at her old high school, coaching the crew team, and kicking it with her ex (Van Der Beek, cast as the head of athletics at their alma mater). If you can’t imagine some of the conflicts that will arise in Ben Hickernell‘s film, you’ve probably never watched a movie about sports stars trying to reinvent themselves before, and that’s a-okay, because no matter how predictable the film looks (and considering that the film’s first trailer seems to lay out a good two-thirds of the feature), there’s an unexpected energy and flow to it that’s actually pretty appealing. Sadly, though, “In the Hall of the Mountain King” doesn’t appear to make an aural appearance on the soundtrack of Backwards.

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