OFF THE REZ is a compelling story about determination.
OFF THE REZ was launched on iTunes on Friday, January 24, 2014 and is now available to be rented or purchased.
NEW YORK – The Schimmel sisters—Shoni and Jude— may be the most recognizable “sister act” in Indian country. The two sisters captured the hearts of Native people last Apirl as they help take the Louisville Cardinals women’s basketball team to the national final game against Connecticut.
Before Shoni became a Louisville Lady Card, her story was captured in a compelling documentary film called OFF THE REZ. The film’s director, Jonathan Hock, followed the Schimmels around for some 400 hours to capture the essence of Shoni’s determination to excel at her chosen sport of basketball. She would become the first female to from the Umatilla Indian Reservation to win a basketball collegiate scholarship.
OFF THE REZ follows Shoni Schimmel, while she was high-school junior living on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon and the star basketball player on the local team. When Shoni’s mother, Ceci Moses, goes against the wishes of her Umatilla Indian community and takes a job coaching a high-school team in Portland, the course of Shoni and her family’s lives are changed forever.
This compelling documentary that was featured on cable’s TLC chronicles Shoni’s senior year and reveals the struggle that mother and daughter face to keep their hoop dreams alive and prove that American Indian women can become champions off the Rez.
The film reveals the Schimmel family has had its share of ups and downs life presents.
To order OFF THE REZ from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/off-the-rez/id785649126?ign-mpt=uo%3D4