Budding Siouxland filmmaker talks about the movie that started her career
By Jacqueline Quynh, Multimedia Journalist - email
ORANGE CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
She was a basketball mom who took really good notes. And, those notes have now turned into a movie. And, the movie has gone on to reach audiences worldwide.
"I came from a long line of storytellers, my grandpa told great whoppers when I was growing up" said Anita Bomgaars, Filmmaker. Bomgaars grew up in Sioux Center, she has three grown kids, and is now a grandmother. But in 2005, her youngest son was still in high school at MOC Floyd Valley. That's when she started taking notes of her son's basketball team, as they began their journey to reach state finals. "I had a long list of notes in my computer of things that I thought was significant. And other parents who had players on the team and other parents started adding, contributing things to my notes," Bomgaars said.
It became apparent at the end of the season, the road her son and his teammates had taken to win state finals was something that had to be shared beyond their small community. And soon it was way too much fun to let it sit there in some file and go away, we just had to do something with it," Bomgaars said.
Bomgaars says after she came up with the idea for a movie, she contacted a professor at Northwestern College, to work on a screenplay. From there, they began interviewing high school players and coaches. "And when we got finished, the screenwriter, Jamie Durham looked at me said, we have got a movie," Bomgaars said.
The project took nearly 4 years to come to the big screen, and for Bomgaars, it was a lot like raising a baby, complete with unexpected surprises like paying to feed actors. "We laughed because every single meals the guys ate and ate and ate."
She jokes that took up a large portion of the budget. The other challenges were marketing and distribution, things she says she prayed about everyday during filming. "And I do feel that God has honored us in that, he first found us our distributor in California and then she had connections," Bomgaars said.
And now that the frenzy of producing "Winning Favor" is winding down, Bomgaars says, she's eyeing her next project. "I've got a couple of great stories, and I love to develop the stories, it's really my favorite part, so we'll see where it takes me, I'm am talking with some people from Minneapolis and things may unfold," Bomgaars said.
She says you don't have to go to Hollywood to make a movie. It can happen here in the Midwest. But, she suggests you begin with a story idea that has legs to stand on. When you have a really good screenplay that's ready to go you can find investors.
The movie was first released in 2010 in theaters. And, was recently picked up for distribution on DVD, for sale at Wal-Marts across the country.
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