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Haley Graham is a former gymnast-turned-juvenile delinquent who, after one too many run-ins with the law, is forced to enrol at an elite gymnastics academy, the VGA in Houston, Texas which is run by the legendary Olympic gymnast Burt Vickerman. But the rebellious Haley is not welcomed into the academy by the other teenage gymnasts who despise her for walking out on her Junior Olympic team years before during a competition which cost them the gold medal. But Haley is not a docile person either and makes every effort to provoke conflicts with the other girls. Vickerman takes it upon himself to coach Haley in his own way to make her regain her self respect for the VGA's coming spot on the Gymnastic Nationals.

Original Title STICK IT
Category Official Competition
Section Y Gen
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 103'
Production Year 2006
Nationality USA
Directed by Jessica Bendinger
Screenplay Jessica Bendinger
Script Jessica Bendinger
Director of photography Daryn Okada
Editor Troy Takaki
Production Design Bruce Curtis
Costume Design Carol Ramsey
Music Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Mike Simpson
Main cast Jeff Bridges (Burt)
Missy Peregrym (Haley)
Vanessa Lengies (Joanne)
Nikki SooHoo (We Wei)
Maddy Curley (Mina)
Kellan Lutz (Frank)
Produced by Gail Lyon

stick it regJessica Bendinger

Jessica Bendinger was born in 1966 in Illinois. Jessica is a writer and a director. She began her writing career covering the music scene for “Spin” magazine and MTV News. Her love of music led to directing music videos, such as Queen Latifah’s FLY GIRL, winner of the Billboard magazine award for Best Director in 1991. She went on to write for the hit French TV series SOU LE SOLIEL, and later wrote the screenplay for the teen movie BRING IT ON. Jessica also co-wrote THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE by Jonathan Demme and the comedy FIRST DAUGHTER, starring Katie Holmes. She also wrote an episode of HBO's series SEX AND THE CITY. STICK IT is the first feature she has directed.


Director’s statement

“Most of my characters are these gutsy, slightly rebellious girls who often come smack up against a ceiling of some kind. Let’s face it, if you’re a teenage girl and you aren’t content to ‘go with the flow’, your options are kind of limited. When you get older, you can make your own way – but that’s not what high school is about. It’s about fitting in. I guess you can say the characters I write about – no matter how old they happen to be – are working toward becoming who they will ultimately be”.

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