Special Iowa City screening of ‘The Miracle Season’ announced

A still from the trailer for The Miracle Season, featuring Helen Hunt as former West High volleyball coach Kathy Bresnahan.

The Miracle Season, a film dramatizing the true story of how the Iowa City West High volleyball team rebuilt itself following the death of the team’s star player, will have its Iowa premiere with “a Hometown Special Screening” at the Englert Theatre on March 18, it was announced on Thursday.

Unfortunately, the 2 p.m. showing is already sold out, but there’s still hope for those who want to see the film and are willing to wait in line. The free tickets for the screening released on Thursday only reserve the seats until 1:45 p.m. After that, all unoccupied seats will be offered to those waiting at the Englert on a first-come-first-served basis.

LD Entertainment, the studio behind The Miracle Season, released 320 tickets to the general public. The Englert has a seating capacity of 725.

The Miracle Season is based on the story of the West High volleyball team after the death of team leader Caroline Found. Found died in 2011, after losing control her moped on Mormon Trek Boulevard and hitting a tree. She was not wearing a helmet, and was killed instantly.

Academy Award winner Helen Hunt plays former West High volleyball coach Kathy Bresnahan, who helped her team deal with the loss of their friend and regain a competitive edge, as they embark on an improbable quest to win a second straight state championship. William Hurt, another Oscar winner, plays Found’s father, Ernie.

Although the story is set in Iowa City, the movie was actually filmed in Vancouver, Canada, according to IMDB.

The Miracle Season will open in theaters nationwide on April 13.

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