‘Playing Through’ movie screens at the Sarasota Film Festival
The locally made film tells the story of Ann Gregory who was the first black woman to star in a USGA event in the 1950s.
SARASOTA, Fla. — A film about a black female golfer who made history is currently screening at the Sarasota Film Festival.
The movie “Playing Through” tells the story of Ann Gregory who was the first black woman to play in a USGA event in the 1950s.
The film was written by Sarasota writer Curtis Jordan whose mother, Josephine Knowlton Jordan, played Gregory in one of the games.
“We wanted to tell Ann’s story, we wanted to tell the story of things that happened in the ’50s that are still happening today,” Jordan said.
Several producers, cast and crew members included members of the Westcoast Black Theater Troupe and Ringling College of Art and Design.
“It’s a concert but at the same time it was something that came from the heart. The only reason we could do such a project is that everyone embarked 1000% with heart and spirit,” said actor Michael Mendez.
Parts of the film were also shot at the Laurel Oaks Country Club.
“Playing Through” is still available for online screening at the Sarasota Film Festival. The festival ends on Sunday.