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We Grew Wings: the untold story of the women of Oregon, Two teams.Two eras. Two Chances


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  • Actors: University of Oregon, Katharine Ross
  • Directors: Erich Lyttle, Sarah Henderson
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Ellen Schmidt-Devlin, LLC
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008QPVKYG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,553 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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We Grew Wings, a unique documentary film chronicling the untold story of the University of Oregon (UO) womens track and field team and the progression of womens sports over the last 40 years since Title IX's passing. We Grew Wings is a story of camaraderie, teamwork, struggles and triumphs by Portland-based filmmakers. Executive producer, Ellen Schmidt-Devlin, teamed with directors/producers Erich Lyttle and Sarah Henderson, who brought in narrator Katharine Ross, to tell this fascinating and often overlooked story of the University of Oregon womens track and field team. Ellen Schmidt-Devlin, an accomplished UO runner during the late seventies, envisioned the need to tell the story of an incredible era in womens track and field. Over the past two years, she has worked closely with the creative team, compiling interviews, film clips and searching archives to enrich this timely film.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Writing About Running on August 29, 2012
Just about every American Track fan could tell you about Steve Prefontaine, Alberto Salazar, Bill Bowerman and the Men of Oregon. But how many could tell you about the Women of Oregon? "We Grew Wings" does that and is required viewing for any true fan of the sport.

Ellen Schmidt-Devlin produced the film and introduced it to the media at the Track and Field Writers Association breakfast during the Olympic Trials. It debuted that week at historic McDonald Theatre in Eugene and was released on DVD this week.

Schmidt-Devlin's film introduces many to the stars of the 1985 National Champion team and the early stars of the Oregon Women's program; including Grace Bakari, Claudette Groenendaal and Leann Warren. The film also underscores the 40th anniversay of Title IX and its positive effect on Women's Track and Field.

Prior to the film, I was unaware of Leann Warren's excellent career at Oregon and her surprise qualifying for the 1980 Olympic Team in the 1500. Like Christian Smith in 2008, she was one of the last in, and would qualify in the third spot behind the heavy favorite, Mary Decker (Slaney). Slaney would be featured in much of the film as well, as she told of when she was a 14 year old prodigy, Prefontaine himself took her under his wing and told her "if you want to be good, come to Oregon." She didn't attend the U of O, but now resides in Eugene.

The film also features the evolution of the Women's program at Oregon, specifically on the 2011 team and focuses on Jordan Hasay, Jamesha Youngblood and English Gardner. I had the pleasure of meeting Gardner's father on my flight from Charlotte to Portland this year before the trials and it was exciting to see her evolution as an athlete on film.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Coach RCR on May 12, 2013
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It is hard for me to write this, but I was greatly disappointed by "We Grew Wings". I have coached varsity girls track & field for almost a decade and attended the 2011 NCAA Championships in my home state of Iowa and own my share of "PRE" gear and posters, so I had several connections to this film. Yet, I actually fell asleep during it.

I wish I could give a glowing review, track & field needs it, women's sports need it, but "Ge Grew Wings" unfortunately failed to connect the two generations of teams more than the trivial fact that they were champions and runner-up in the NCAAs. I think the elements were there to make a great film, though. They could have added several back stories of how they recruited the right pieces. They could have added the aspects of their grueling training that made them 'team-first' athletes as another touch. Jordan Hasay sitting in a solo ice bath talking about group ice baths just didn't cut it.

I had hoped to show this film to my team before a big meet coming up, but am glad I previewing it myself first. I was left feeling empty instead of excited for competition. Furthermore, the images of a girl with an active and severe eating disorder winning major races (qualifying for the Olympics even) would have also sent a bad message to impressionable teenage athletes regardless of their discussion of the injuries that followed.
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