Did you miss the world premiere last month of “The Dutchmen” – the rags-to-riches documentary about Lebanon Valley College men’s basketball team and its magical run to the NCAA Division Three national championship in 1993-94 – at LVC’s Miller Chapel?
Well, you’re in luck, because the show is getting another run in Annville this month.
The 82-minute-long documentary, which was released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the team’s unprecedented achievement, will get two showings on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at the Allen Theatre and Backstage Cafe. Showtimes are at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.
The film takes the audience through the rebuilding years before the team, led by head coach Pat Flannery and Division III All-American Mike Rhoades (a 1995 LVC alumnus and current head coach of the Penn State University Men’s Basketball Team), won the National Championship in overtime over the much larger New York University. The film premiered at LVC in front of an audience of more than 300 people on Oct. 14.
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“The Dutchmen” is built around 17 interviews – of six players, two coaches, Lebanon Valley College professors and community members. The documentary is held together by newspaper clippings, old game film and still photos.
Garrett Heath, of Okiejoke Media, produced and directed the film.
Tickets for the two Allen Theatre showings must be purchased at the door. Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for children ages 12 and under, seniors ages 60 and up, and military personnel.
Two more showings are scheduled elsewhere in Pennsylvania early next year. “The Dutchmen” will be shown on Jan. 25 at the Movie Tavern in Collegeville and on Feb. 1 at the Majestic Theater in Pottsville.
LVC currently controls the rights to the documentary, which could be made available to the public in early 2024, possibly through a streaming service.
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