"We've Got Balls" Now On Vimeo!

November 19, 2015

 

For: Immediate Release- Contact Shannon Dugger email: Shannon@kerrpr-execuprov,.com or 714 550-9900.

 

Re: “We’ve Got Balls” award-winning full-length feature comedy now available at Vimeo on Demand

 

WE’VE GOT BALLS’ CULT BOWLING COMEDY NOW AVAILABLE AT VIMEO ON DEMAND

Film’s Distributor Indie Rights Taps Award-Winning Film for Its Lineup

 

Santa Ana, Calif.—Indie Rights, which specializes in the distribution of quality independent films, and who launched the cult bowling comedy, “We’ve Got Balls,” last Spring, has chosen to include the quirky bowling comedy on its Vimeo On Demand channel https://vimeo.com/ondemand/discover/indierights, according to Linda Nelson, co-founder of Indie Rights.

 

“We have more than 300 films in our catalogue,” said Nelson, “and we recently launched on Vimeo on Demand. We are proud to say that we have included ‘We’ve Got Balls’ as part of our lineup.”

 

The film, which won eight awards along the film festival circuit, launched domestically last spring.  It is currently available on Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Prime, Xbox, Vudu, PlayStation, and Comcast Xfinity. The film is also available On Demand through other select cable providers in addition to Vimeo and Comcast..

 

“We’ve Got Balls’” storyline centers around a small town trying to save a bowling alley from destruction by a filthy-rich land developer—a greedy mogul who wants to build a gambling casino on the land on which the bowling alley sits.

 

“We’ve Got Balls,” which debuted as an Official Selection at the Newport Beach Film Festival in late April 2013, went on to six other film festivals garnering eight awards in total. The film picked up: “BEST COMEDY” at the Movieville International Film Festival; “BEST COMEDY – FEATURE,” “OUTSTANDING CAST PERFORMANCE,” and “FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR” at the 2013 Action of Film International Film Festival; an “AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD;” and a “BEST FEATURE – BRONZE AWARD,” at the All Sports International Film Festival; a Silver Remi for “BEST FILM TRAILER,” at the World-Fest Houston International Film Festival; and an “AWARD OF EXCELLENCE” from Indie-Fest International. “Though the film has been seen before sell out crowds at all the festivals where it has screened, it is now available for sale and streaming via the aforementioned platforms world-wide. “We are thrilled to be working with Linda Nelson and her team. They are doing a fantastic job getting the film in wide digital release,” said Kerr. “We look forward to more success, now that we are on Vimeo on Demand.”

 

Kerr went on to say, “This film really is a rallying cry for many bowling centers across the country, many of them trying to stave off a still-wavering economy. We want people to know that bowling is more than just a game—they are centers for families and communities.

 

Nelson launched an aggressive social media campaign with the film’s May 26, 2015 rollout. Since then, it has done very well. “We finally have a way to reach a very specialized niche to get behind our indie films so that they can then find a broader audience,” she says. “As a result, we have scored big in winning the hearts of many bowling centers across the country.”

 

Kerr, a founding member of the famed L.A. Groundlings, and the founder and Artistic Director of the Orange County Crazies, says “Balls,” her first feature-length comedy film, promises to gamer many laughs as it imparts a tender message.

 

Starring in the film are: Gary Austin, co-founder and creator of the L.A. Groundlings, and a long time friend and former performing partner of Kerr’s; Andrew Dickler (“Douchebag” 2010); Toni Alexander, Tyler Strateman; Eric Halasz; Eric Satterberg; and Dane Posey. Actors in supporting roles include: Craig Nelson, Lynne Stewart, Phyllis Katz, Tamar Stevens, Paul Maher, Tony LaHood, Barry Weisenberg, Jose Valdez, Nick Dopuch, David Goldman, Dave Osborn, Jay Abdo, Patrick Downey, Bill Reed, Stanley Hendrickson, Gary Forman, Lew Crouse, and Kylie Rogers. Kerr also assembled a cast of background players numbering more than 150.

 

Set in the fictional town of Fountain Springs (pop. 52), numerous Orange County locations were used for the shoot including Fountain Valley’s Fountain Bowl, Intercommunications offices at Newport Beach’s Fashion Island, Santa Ana’s Double Tree Hotel, the De Pietro Performance Center, River View Golf Course, and an historic Victorian home in French Park.

 

With its poignant and relevant social message, and family-friendly laughs, the film is appropriate for most audiences.

 

 

For more information, please visit: www.wevegotballsmovie.com or “We’ve Got Balls” Facebook page. Interested parties may email Linda Nelson at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Ree-invent’s offices at (714) 550-9900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Re: Amateur Bowlers Tour (ABT) teams with Ree-invent Films for tourney and film promo

 

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AMATEUR BOWLERS TOUR TEAMS UP WITH

REE-INVENT FILMS FOR ‘WE’VE GOT BALL’S’ NATIONAL TOURNEY

 

ABT to host tournaments beginning September 27, 2015 at the U. S. Bowling Congress’ International Research & Training Center (ITRC)

 

Santa Ana, Calif.—Ree-invent Films, makers of the cult bowling comedy, “We’ve Got Balls,” (distributed by Indie Rights) will team up with the Amateur Bowlers Tour for the first in an initial three-part series of tourneys beginning, Sunday, September 27, 2015, according to Cherie Kerr, writer/director of the award-winning film, and Andrew Cohen, Regional Director for the Amateur Bowlers Tour in Dallas-Fort Worth.

 

“This movie embodies everything we stand for,” says Cohen. “The ABT is all about taking bowlers from every walk of life that care very much about bowling and their local bowling centers and putting together events where they can thrive.”

 

According to Cohen, two other follow up tournaments for members of ABT in the Dallas-Fort Worth area will also be available for participation in more than a dozen participating bowling centers. “If some miss the sign up deadline for the September events,” explains Cohen, “they still have plenty of time to sign up for two additional such events: one starting November 1st; the other, December 5th.”

 

Cohen reports that Ree-invent Films will provide original costume pieces (including t-shirts for the two film’s teams) along with other memorabilia for tourney prizes.

 

“We’ve Got Balls,” the first bowling film to hit the screen in 15 years, is a quirky 92-minute cult comedy feature film. Its storyline centers around a small town trying to save a bowling alley from destruction by a filthy-rich land developer—a greedy mogul who wants to build a gambling casino on the land on which the bowling alley sits.

 

According to award-winning filmmaker, Kerr, the film, released in May of this year, is currently available on Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Prime, Xbox, Vudu, Comcast Xfinity, and soon to be available on other On Demand cable providers. (Check local listings.)

The Amateur Bowlers Tour currently operates 23 branches across the country. Founded in September, 1977, it is the largest organized tournament association in all of the U.S.  It also is the only tournament organization which guarantees minimum first-place prizes in the Classic Division and a minimum guaranteed prize fund for each and every tournament.  To date, in the history of bowling, the ABT association has paid out in excess of $134,000 in prize money, and overall, has paid out more than any other bowling organization in the country, including the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) which started in 1958. Many of ABT’s activities include youth.

Those interested in ABT may browse the ABT Branches menu to find a local club in their city of interest. Franchises are still available in many major areas of the United States. Those with questions, or who are seeking additional information, may contact their local bowling center or the ABT organization directly by visiting: www.abtbowling.com  or Facebook and their local city.

“We’ve Got Balls,” with lots of news on Facebook and the film’s website: www.wevegotballsmovie.com, debuted as an Official Selection at the Newport Beach International Film Festival in late April 2012. It went on to win six other film festivals garnering eight awards in total. The film packed up: “BEST COMEDY” at the Movieville International Film Festival; “BEST COMEDY – FEATURE,” “OUTSTANDING CAST PERFORMANCE,” and “FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR” at the 2013 Action on Film International Film Festival; an “AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD,” a “BEST FEATURE – BRONZE AWARD,” at the All Sports International Film Festival; a Silver Remi for “BEST FILM TRAILER,” at the World-Fest Houston International Film Festival; and an “AWARD OF EXCELLENCE” from Indie-Fest International.

 

Kerr went on to say, “This film really is all about community. We want people to know that bowling is more than just a game, it is a family and community experience that brings people together.”  Kerr added, “We hope the ABT bowlers have a blast mastering the ‘over the shoulder, under the arm’ bowling maneuver, featured in the film.”

 

Kerr, a founding member of the famed L.A. Groundlings, and the founder and Artistic Director of the Orange County Crazies, says “Balls,” her first feature-length comedy film, promises to garner many laughs as it imparts a tender message: What may mean absolutely nothing to one person could mean everything to somebody else. With its poignant and relevant social message, and family-friendly laughs, the film is appropriate for most audiences

 

Starring in the film are: Gary Austin, co-founder and creator of the L.A. Groundlings, and a long time friend and former performing partner of Kerr’s; Andrew Dickler (“Douchebag” 2010); Toni Alexander, Tyler Strateman; Eric Halasz; Eric Satterberg; and Dane Posey. Actors in supporting roles include: Craig Nelson, Lynne Stewart, Phyllis Katz, Tamar Stevens, Paul Maher, Tony LaHood, Barry Weisenberg, Jose Valdez, Nick Dopuch, David Goldman, Dave Osborn, Jay Abdo, Patrick Downey, Bill Reed, Stanley Hendrickson, Gary Forman, Lew Crouse, and Kylie Rogers. Kerr also assembled a cast of background players numbering more than 150. The film’s bowling scenes were shot exclusively at Fountain Bowl, in Fountain Valley, Calif.

 

For more information, please contact Linda Nelson, at IndieRights at 213 280-5350, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Cherie Kerr at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

 

JIHAD 'JAY' ABDO, A STAR WHO FLED HIS NATIVE SYRIA, LOOKS FOR A HOLLYWOOD ENDING

 

With Lots of Luck and a Name Change, Actor Lands Roles Opposite Nicole Kidman and Tom Hanks in 'Queen of the Desert' and 'A Hologram for the King'

LOS ANGELES—Long before he got to Hollywood in 2012, Jihad Abdo was already a bankable star.

Over a 30-year career, he had been featured in hundreds of TV episodes, 43 movies and 21 plays set in modern and ancient times, in roles as varied as villain, military officer and prince. He couldn't walk the streets in his hometown without being hounded by fans pleading for a picture with him. "Going shopping was a nightmare," he recalls.

But all that fame and fortune came his way in Syria, far from the Hollywood spotlight. When he arrived here, as a refugee from his war-torn homeland, Jihad became "Jay" and turned into something very familiar here: an out-of-work actor. The closest he came to celebrity was his job with French Florist, the self-styled "Los Angeles flower delivery choice for the entertainment industry and stars."

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A Tribute to Lenard the Dog

Hi Balls Supporters,

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of the cast's featured stars: Lenard the Dog who played Leonard the Dog in our "We've Got Balls" feature. He was such a fun addition to the cast and everyone fell in love with him as his owner and dog handler on the shoot, Ryan Nelson, made sure Lenard got to know everyone. As we all pray for Lenard's beautiful little soul, let's also celebrate the fact that we got to know him and have him in perpetuity because of our wonderful little film. He belonged to the Craig Nelson's family (Craig played Craig Crammer in the film). Our incredible editor, John Primm, was kind enough to put Lenard's reel (and obituary) together and we thank him for his generosity. If you would like to send your condolences to Ryan and Craig, please do so at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To give a shout out to John Primm, who so deserves thanks, please email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . I will say that Lenard was the most professional actor on the set of "Balls" and I so loved working with him.

You can watch Lenard's tribute video here

Cherie

"We've Got Balls" Wins at All Sports L.A. Film Festival!

We've Got Balls screened as an Official Selection at the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival on Monday, November 11, 2013 at the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA and was awarded with two prizes for "Audience Choice" and a "Best Feature" award! On hand at the event was a large audience of fans and members of the cast and crew. The event also honored the film's own Gary Austin for a Lifetime Achievement Award alongside entrepreneur and athlete Bruce Jenner. 

Visit the All Sports LA Film Festival website HERE.