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“The Mighty Macs” Movie Earns Two Awards at The John Paul II International Film Festival

"The Mighty Macs," the inspiring story of the underdog women´s basketball team from Immaculata College who won the first women´s national basketball championship earned the top two awards at the First Annual John Paul II International Film Festival held in Miami, Florida. "The Mighty Macs" was awarded the Reel Rose Award for Best Feature Film and also received the People´s Festival Award, voted on by audience members. The recipient of the People´s Festival Award is subsequently honored as the "official film" for the 2009 John Paul II International Film Festival. There were 13 featured-length films screened during the weeklong festival held October 29 – November 7, 2009)
The movie features an all-star cast including Carla Gugino, (Entourage, Night at the Museum, Spy Kids) as former Immaculata women´s basketball coach Cathy Rush. Marley Shelton (Sugar and Spice, Grindhouse) and David Boreanaz, (Angel and Bones) also are featured in the film. Tony and Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn will play the Mother Superior of Immaculata College. Other members of the cast include Phyllis Somerville (Little Children) and Malachy McCourt (Oz, The Devil´s Own).
The movie follows the struggles of the Immaculata University women´s college basketball team and how Head Coach Cathy Rush, while overcoming numerous obstacles, led the team to victory. This heroic story highlights the accomplishments of a young woman who took a group of girls and taught them to believe.
Modeled after the views and ideals of the late pope, the John Paul II International Film Festival showcases films that celebrate life by acknowledging the strengths, struggles, and triumphs we experience when striving to give meaning to our existence.
Immaculata University, a Catholic coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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