• Wednesday , 16 August 2017

Rocking Red Carpet Premiere of Sons of Ben: The Movie at The Trocadero Theatre

by Cassie Hepler, Photos by Lou Perri

Don’t phuck with Philly soccer phans.

Sons of Ben: The Movie premiere, held at The Trocadero Theatre, depicts the journey of Philadelphia’s most righteous soccer fans, the Sons of Ben, who stopped at nothing in their goal to help bring a Major League Soccer franchise to the City of Philadelphia area in Chester, Pa.

This is the true story of an American dream… if you built it, they will come. And they did. The place was hopping, the energy was jolly and these SOBs were a vivacious vocal bunch. With some serious and poignant points interwoven with hilarious, Catch-22 moments (which had the crowd rolling), it’s a delicious documentary of community triumph.

Rothbury Road Productions, in association with the Philadelphia Union and the Sons of Ben, packed the house at the Philadelphia red carpet premiere in June 2015.

Director/Producer Jeff Bell along with Philly famous stars of the film and Sons of Ben founders Bryan James, Corey Furlan, and Brad Youtz should be proud to have touched the life of so many people – and not just soccer fans.

The official stadium is located in Chester, Pa. where the community has received so much welcoming feedback as Chester was always considered the wasteland of Philadelphia, thrown away and filled with trash. Bringing new life back to a once thriving city is yet another tasty slice of the American pie.

When can you get a taste? According to Twitter, “Thanks for the inquiries about when will be available to buy/stream. We should have details for you in a month.” And that was June 12 so keep on social media stalking!

About the Film

Produced by Jeffrey C. Bell and Mike Dieffenbach of Rothbury Road Productions, SONS OF BEN: THE MOVIE has already made international headlines, winning the Grand Prix at the Tokyo International Football Film Festival, being declared a “must-see” at Berlin’s 11mm International Football Film Festival, and also having screened at the Thinking Football Film Festival in Bilbao, Spain, and the Offside Festival in Barcelona. It stars Delaware County natives Bryan James, Corey Furlan, Brad Youtz, and Patricia Trippley-DeMiranda alongside Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz, former Governor Ed Rendell, Senator Dominic Pileggi, and former Chester Mayor Wendell Butler Jr.

Watch the trailer below:

Enjoy the photo story below with photography by Lou Perri.

The Sons ooof Ben poster.

The Sons of Ben movie poster.

Young volunteer hands out sweets for guests to  Son of Ben: The Premier

Young volunteer hands out sweets for guests to
Son of Ben: The Movie Premiere.

Members of audience attending the premiere.

Members of audience attending the premiere.

Introduction to Sons Of Ben: The Premiere

Introduction to Sons Of Ben: The Premiere.

Hollis Thomas, WIP sports, and Tanya S.

Hollis Thomas, WIP sports, and Tanya S.

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VIP guests enjoyed free Son of Ben beer from Yards.

Cassie Hepler, owner/editor, Explore Philly, and Dan Gorman, location scout for films including Creed, the Stallone movie.

Cassie Hepler, owner/editor, Explore Philly, and Dan Gorman, location scout for films including Creed, the Stallone movie.

Signage on the variety of chicken finger food.

Signage on the variety of chicken finger food which was way better than any KFC!

Natalie Boenolf and Shannon Keough, Drexel coop coordinator.

Natalie Boenolf and Shannon Keough, Drexel coop coordinator.

David Taing, owner/chef, Bonchon, which provided food for the event; Glenn Gapoltes, the film's editor;and Lyndsey Acri.

David Taing, owner/chef, Bonchon, which provided food for the event; Glenn Gapoltes, the film’s editor;and Lyndsey Acri.

Pretty servers at the VIP party.

You gotta love ladies who dance while working at the VIP party.

Meg Torpey and Tim Sosar.

Meg Torpey and Tim Sosar enjoying some of that delicious chicken.

Bill Magee and Lorenzo Rivera

Bill Magee and Lorenzo Rivera all decked out in the official colors for the night – blue and  gold!

Christine Griswald, Brad Youtz, a member of the cast, Edwin Youtz and Mary Youtz.

Christine Griswald, Brad Youtz, a member of the cast, Edwin Youtz and Mary Youtz.

Holding up Son of Ben flag.

Holding up Sons of Ben flag, with the awesome logo of Ben Franklin’s cracked skull.

Jeff, Mitchell and Rachel Benradic.

Jeff, Mitchell and Rachel Benradic.

Mike Raioti, Dr. Ann Rivera, and Claude reifsnyder.

Mike Raioti, Dr. Ann Rivera and Claude Reifsnyder.

Sister Sandra Lyons and Jim Judge.

Sister Sandra Lyons and Jim Judge.

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Jeff McMenamon and Ashley Zanrosky

Jeff McMenamon and Ashley Zanrosky

Colleen O'Hara and JacoulineMcDevitt, of Phan Care.

Colleen O’Hara and Jacouline McDevitt, of Phan Care.

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Neal Regino and Andrew Raudaabager.

Neal Regino and Andrew Raudabager.

Bill Magee, , media productions, and Brent and Rebecca Duduwiz.

Bill Magee, media productions, and Brent and Rebecca Duduwiz.

Brent and Rebecca Dudwiz.

Brent and Rebecca Duduwiz.

Rob Smith, left, vice president, soccer development, Philadelphia Union, aso a member of the cast, and Stevan E. Rots.

Rob Smith, left, vice president, soccer development, Philadelphia Union, also a member of the cast, and Stevan E. Rots.

Lee Mul offers VIP Sweet Devilish Delights

Lee Mul offers VIP Sweet Devilish Delights

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