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Roslynite Makes Directorial Debut

Changing The Game from Shilpi Gupta

Roslyn native Shilpi Gupta—a Sundance Grand Jury prize-winning director and three-time Emmy Award nominee—has enjoyed a productive career in the world of film and television.


Now she has embarked on a new project, this time as director of her feature documentary debut, Changing The Game, a film about soccer and its power to change lives.


Changing The Game follows teens from three corners of the globe: South Africa; Israel and the Palestinian territories; and Philadelphia, all of which are pinning their hopes on winning at the 2010 World Cup’s Football for Hope Festival. The film focuses on whether the skills these youngsters have honed through sportsmanship and fair play can stand against the realities international competition.


Currently, the film is in the midst of a fundraising and promotional campaign, one that takes place through Friday, Aug. 9 and one that also coincides with 2014 World Cup qualifying matches. 


Changing The Game personnel are bringing together an international community of soccer players, activists, artists and fans to promote the film. Among the live events was a July

25 half-time party at The Delancey in New York City. There have also been partnerships with the New York Cosmos, Street Football World, football artist Betirri, and The Sundance Institute. 


So far, the strategy has paid off handsomely. As of late July, the fundraising campaign has achieved over 80 percent of its target.


“Now, with a week to go until Aug. 9, we are striving to reach our highest objective, which is to build and expand the film’s audience, adding to the body of supporters who are invested in seeing a successful release for the 2014 World Cup,” said Melanie Vi Levy, the film’s producer.


Those interested in assisting a film by a Roslyn native can contact the film’s website at