By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new movie about rowing debuts this Friday evening at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

Elle Carolan with Philadelphia City Rowing says the movie, titled Backwards, was filmed along the Schuylkill a couple of summers ago and is being released this week:

“It’s about a high school coach who had recently been cut from the national team and just how she collects herself and moves on from that and also how she gets another shot at the team but then how she manages her committment to the high school girls with whom she’s become connected with as well as the head coach there who happens to be James Van Der Beek and her ex-boyfriend so there’s a little bit of the love story in there but it’s really a story about rowing.”

Carolan says this Friday’s screening in Bryn Mawr will serve as a fundraiser for Philadelphia School District students involved in the sport:

“And a lot of the local high school students, a lot of kids from Philadelphia City Rowing as well as the other schools on the river, they were used as extras throughout the movie so you can see a lot of them in the background.”

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