Women. Tackle. Football.
Born to Play spends a season with the Boston Renegades, a women’s tackle football team on the path to redemption after going undefeated but losing their championship the previous year. These unpaid athletes put their bodies on the line while maintaining full-time careers that support their lifelong dream... proving that football is for everyone. Born to Play shines a light on a team of remarkable women, ranging in age from 19-49, from a vast spectrum of backgrounds who dedicate their time, bodies and paychecks to pursue their passion for playing football.
Five-time national champion women’s tackle football team from a city that’s no stranger to champions.
The Boston Renegades are the premier women’s tackle football team in New England and the defending Division 1 Champions of the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA). Bringing together players from many former area teams, including the Boston Militia, New England Intensity, Bay State Warriors, Boston Rampage, and Massachusetts Mutiny, the Renegades are continuing the rich history of women’s football in Boston, which includes five national titles. The Renegades incorporated in 2015 under the leadership of former players, Molly Goodwin, Mia Brickhouse, and Erin Baumgartner.
The team is comprised of some of the best athletes in New England and the world. Off the field, our players are educators, entrepreneurs, athletic trainers, public safety officers, business owners, and more.
The Boston Renegades are currently owned by former player Molly Goodwin, and operated in partnership with local business professional and dedicated fan Michelle McDonough. The management team is boosted by the expertise of physical therapy professionals, former NFL players and coaches, skilled athletic trainers, and a small army of dedicated volunteers.
The Renegades play at Harry della Russo Stadium in Revere, Mass.
DIRECTOR and EDITOR
Viridiana Lieberman is a filmmaker and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Born to Play marks Lieberman’s feature-length documentary directorial debut. She previously edited the award-winning documentaries I Am Evidence and The Sentence, as well as Love the Sinner and Special Olympics: 50 Years of Changing the Game. In addition, Lieberman wrote the quintessential book on women’s sports on film, Sports Heroines on Film: A Critical Study of Cinematic Women Athletes, Coaches and Owners.
Born to Play is produced by Theodora Dunlap, Sam Bisbee and Viridiana Lieberman and executive produced by Lance Acord, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, and Jon Bulette. Known for high-quality feature and documentary films, Park Pictures produced the Emmy Award-winning feature documentary The Sentence, which also took home the Audience Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and the upcoming film The Truffle Hunters, which premiered at Sundance in 2020. Feature films include the upcoming Farewell Amor and The Last Shift, as well as previous titles Hearts Beat Loud, The Hero and Robot & Frank. Over the past 9 years, Park Pictures has had 13 films featured in the Sundance Film Festival.