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The Girl on the Mat


"The Girl on the Mat" is a sports drama about Hayden, a high school female wrestler poised to be the champion of her state as she struggles with her Mother's health and her team-mate's abusive behavior.

27 mins
Information for the Audience: 

Hayden has been wrestling since childhood. As the daughter of a recently deceased NCAA wrestling champion, and a failed cello player named Rachel, Hayden's passion to the sport is severely tested once her mom shows a lack of support as she approaches the Michigan Individual regional tournament. With competition getting more fierce, and the relationship with her mother growing more complex and complicated. Can Hayden find the endurance to advance to the state championship?


Directed by: 
Robert Joseph Butler
Writing credits: 
Lucie Gillispie, Robert Joseph Butler Awards**Winner Best Screenplay-Narrative Short 2017 Queens World Film Festival Awards**Winner Best Actress-Julie Kline--Narrative Short 2017 Queens World Film Festival **Winner Best Narrative Short Film-2017 Top Indie Film Awards **Winner Best Actress-Aphrodite Nikolovski--2017 Top Indie Film Awards **Winner Best Cinematography-Robert Skates--2017 Top Indie Film Awards **Winner Best Actress-Julie Kline--2017 Made-In-Michigan Film Festival **Winner Best Supporting Actress-Aphrodite Nikolovski--2017 Made-In-Michigan Film Festival **Winner Audience Choice Award-2016 Royal Starr Film Festival
Julie Kline, Aphrodite Nikolovski, Patrick Lear, Harley Wallen
Produced by: 
Harper Schecter
Music by: 
Bon Lucas
Cinematography by: 
Robert Skates
Film Editing by: 
Andy Bisaha
Casting by: 
Roderick Jones
Art Direction by: 
Jake Ruth
Costume Design by: 
Cheryl Freeman
Makeup Department: 
Jen Coakley
Release Date: 
Friday, March 3, 2017
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