ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 

"ACT AS IF"

Harvard head women's basketball coach, Kathy Delaney-Smith is going from the hardwood to big screen. The 27-year veteran of college basketball is the subject of an 18-minute documentary titled "ACT AS IF" that will be featured at the Boston International Film Festival April 20.

The documentary, written, directed and produced by former Crimson forward Melissa Johnson '00, shows how one woman's secret to winning at life is to "act as if," which transforms her from a feisty blue collar Boston kid into the championship basketball coach at Harvard where she masterminds one of the greatest victories of all time and overcomes cancer using the power of positive thinking. "ACT AS IF" is the story of Kathy Delaney-Smith, a diminutive jester-who-became-queen.

Johnson was a two-time letterwinner for the Crimson after transferring to Harvard from North Carolina where she played for two years. She was an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection in 1999-2000.

This will be the second showing for the film in Boston as it was part of the International Women's Day Film Festival held this past March.

The film will play at the AMC/LOEWS Boston Common April 20 from 6-8 p.m.

The Boston International Film Festival was created to celebrate the art of filmmaking and to honor the filmmakers who make it all possible. This is a festival dedicated to rewarding artists for their individual talents and for their creative expression through the medium of film. The festival strives to bring together in Boston local, national and international filmmakers by promoting the world's most artistic and creative independent and experimental films.