U.S. Figure Skating Announces Title, Release Date of Film Commemorating 50th Anniversary of 1961 World Team Tragedy

- RISE to premiere Feb. 17, 2011 -

(5/1/10) - U.S. Figure Skating announced today the title and release date for a film project that will celebrate American figure skating while recounting the story of the 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team that perished in a plane crash on its way to the World Championships.

The title of the film - RISE - encapsulates the vision of the film as a celebration of the sport of figure skating as it chronicles how the fall of a team gave rise to the sport. The film is scheduled to premiere nationwide Feb. 17, 2011. Further details regarding the film's distribution and premiere will be released at a later date.

The film chronicles the sports' growth in popularity through victory and tragedy, featuring various luminaries of American figure skating and highlighting how similar their passions and ambitions were - and are - to those on the 1961 U.S. World Team.

"U.S. Figure Skating has a great history, and through this film we will share it with audiences around the country, and the world," said Patricia St. Peter, president of U.S. Figure Skating. "As we approach the 50th anniversary of the loss of the 1961 U.S. World Team, we are undertaking this project to help preserve the memory of those who have influenced generations of American figure skaters."

RISE is being produced and directed by Lookalike Productions. Founded in 2002 by twin sisters Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern, Lookalike has earned 16 Emmy Awards for its television and film productions.

The film will also be used to further the mission of U.S. Figure Skating's Memorial Fund, which was established on Feb. 23, 1961, to honor the 18 athletes who lost their lives. The Memorial Fund provides monetary assistance to skaters in need so that they may pursue their goals both inside and outside the competitive arena.

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