“The vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when nobody else is looking” - Mia Hamm
In 1978, a club was formed by five players with the desire to bring an unfamiliar game to the nation’s capital. The club quickly developed into a highly competitive team and over the years, other skilled and dedicated athletes have replaced the now-retired initial members. Now, over 40 years later, this team continues to foster a legacy of competition, camaraderie, and commitment.
Rugby is the fastest-growing sport in the U.S. and the second most popular sport in the world, but in the United States, women’s rugby teams have historically faced a double-edged sword: showcasing women and queer athletes in a society that doesn’t value their athletics and playing the game of rugby in a country that prioritizes other mainstream sports. Here, playing football, basketball, or baseball on the right stage can get you recognition and millions of dollars. But for many rugby athletes, the love of the game is what keeps them motivated, and the communities they build is what keeps them around.
Furious is a feature-length documentary directed by Liz Linstrom, a current Furies player, and documentary filmmaker. The film explores the history of the D.C. Furies, a former WPL and current Division I club rugby team with an outstanding history. The club formed by women for women and genderqueer athletes alike was set to celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of the largest women's rugby tournaments in the US. We will hear from veteran and lifetime Furies about the hardships they faced in its founding, current Furies as they battle in Division I rugby, and club rugby players from around the country who are coping with the impact of cancellations due to COVID-19 and USA Rugby's recent institutional changes.
This documentary hopes to shine a light on the powerful people who put their bodies on the line for the love of the game and work tirelessly to continue the legacy that was started by players before them. As we look closer, we’ll find individuals must hold down families and careers in addition to playing and growing the game, and notice that players spread themselves thin so they can build something long-lasting and strong, together.