The Gray Seasons

Saint Louis University women's basketball is a longstanding Division I program with a lack of tradition and success. Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds of overcoming the losing culture of the program, Shimmy Gray-Miller, a young, dynamic coach with a personal history of playing and coaching success, is brought in to turn things around. She embarks on her first head-coaching position ...more

Saint Louis University women's basketball is a longstanding Division I program with a lack of tradition and success. Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds of overcoming the losing culture of the program, Shimmy Gray-Miller, a young, dynamic coach with a personal history of playing and coaching success, is brought in to turn things around. She embarks on her first head-coaching position and is armed with her first class of determined recruits. Driven to change the trajectory of the basketball program, the team sets their sights on success, attempting to pull SLU from its last place conference standings to a conference contender. After a promising start, the challenges of being part of a demanding D-I program in a competitive conference began to afflict the seasons. Injuries set in and loyalties are questioned as Coach Gray-Miller and the remaining players maintain drive and grit through the 4 years of triumphs and struggles of collegiate basketball.

Movie Details

  • Director(s) Robert T. Herrera
  • Starring Shimmy Gray-Miller, Katie Paganelli, Amanda Kemezys
  • Language(s) English
  • Released January 01, 2011
  • Genre
  • Run Time 86 minutes
  • Rating NR

BIGSTAR Review

"The Gray Seasons" is not a film just for basketball fanatics or athletes, this is a movie for all audiences who will somehow find they are cheering and willing this troubled Women's basketball team on! This provocative tale focuses on Saint Louis University's Women's basketball Division I Program. In particular, it is up to the brand new coach, Shimmy Gray-Miller who takes over the program despite the team's complete and utter defeat and horrible record. Filmmaker Robert T. Herrera documents this team for four years, following every win and loss, (and there are many losses, let me tell you), chronicling the determination and grit of a coach with more passion and fire in her heart than you can imagine. What makes "The Gray Season" particularly compelling is the realness and rawness of the team that make it so evident that gender is not an issue to consider here when we are rooting for an underdog. The team's hardship such as injuries and loss of passion occur in all teams regardless of gender, perhaps this is my favorite message in this film. There are a multitude of candid and honest interviews that TRULY submerge you into the world of the SLU team. "The Gray Seasons" has (not surprisingly) won Best Editing-Feature at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase and also took honorable mention at the LA Art House Film Festival. Critics have called this film a "rival to the classic "Hoop Dreams" and a "brutally honest" story that is "touching," "compelling and •inspiring." This reviewer suggests you pop some popcorn, snuggle up with your family and root for SLU tonight!

- Romy

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