About the Film

“For Dale Wheeler, the fifteen-year-old son of an alcoholic auto worker, basketball is to be the ticket out of a life of blue collar desperation and disappointment. His goal is to lead his squad to victory in the city championship– a dream smashed to bits against a cold, unyielding wall of adult realities.

Deprived of his rightful position on the team through greed and nepotism, Dale is forced to come to terms with the cruel inequities of a society that has cast him adrift– even as he resolves with new determination to play and win by his own rules.

Winning the City poignantly explores the angst and anguish of youthful defiance and athletic obsession.”

Director’s Bio

Frank Whaley is best known for his acclaimed work as an actor in a career spanning more than thirty years and over eighty-five motion picture and television appearances. Frank has worked in some of the most iconic films of his generation, including Pulp Fiction, Field Of Dreams, Born on the Fourth of July, and The Doors to name a few. He is also known for his unforgettable work in such Indie and cult classics as Swimming With Sharks, The Freshman,  School Of Rock and Rob The Mob among many others

Over the past fifteen years Frank has developed a distinctive voice as a writer and director. His first film Joe The King  (Val Kilmer, Ethan Hawke, John Leguiziamo,) premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival where it received the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award along with a Grand Jury Prize nomination. The film was also a Gotham Award Best Picture nominee and hailed by critics upon its release in June of 1999 by Lionsgate Pictures.

Frank followed up the success of Joe the King with his next film as writer/director, The Jimmy Show, in which he also starred alongside Ethan Hawke and Carla Gugino. The Jimmy Show made its premiere at the 2001 Toronto International Film festival and also screened at the Sundance Film Festival. It was released by First Look Pictures Worldwide in 2002.

In 2006 Frank wrote and directed New York City Serenade (Chris Klein, Freddie Prinze Jr., Wallace Shawn). The film premiered at the 2007 Toronto international Film festival and was released by Anchor Bay later that year.

In 2014 Frank wrote and directed Like Sunday, Like Rain with Leighton Meester, Debra Messing, Billie Joe Armstrong, and introducing Julian Shatkin. The film premiered at the 2015 Mill Valley Film Festival and screened at the Hamptons International Film Festival, as well taking home Best Picture and Best Director honors at the Williamsburg International Film Festival. Like Sunday, Like Rain was released in March of 2015 by Monterey Media.

Frank Whaley has been called “a true and genuinely unequaled voice in independent cinema.” His films have been described as “equally rewarding for their brash originality and daring, impressing with their attention to detail and characterization.”

Demo reels: https://demoreel.com/frank-whaley

Frank Whaley Filmography

Like Sunday, Like Rain

New York Serenade

The Jimmy Show

Joe the King

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