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New Providence Basketball Players Meet New Providence the Movie

Posted On: Feb 14, 2020   |   Posted By: Who TV

AMES, Iowa - The star of New Providence, a film shot in Iowa featuring the last year of six on six basketball met some real members of the New Providence State Tourney team.
Ava Hawthorne plays a high school basketball player in the film, something she does in real life for the Gilbert Tigers. She got to meet Delores Whitehead, and Arlene Brandt, two sisters who played on the 1946 team, which was runner-up at state.
“Back in those days we had to play at Drake University,” said Brandt.
“We didn't get beat until the last game,” said Whitehead.
Hawthorne shared how she went to try out for the movie kind of on lark. She tried out for the lead and got it.
“We filmed our basketball games on Saturdays and Sundays so we could have the crowd come,” said Hawthorne. “On Wednesdays and Thursdays I would go up by myself to do a couple of scenes that's just by myself.”
Ava showed the trailer to the former high school players, so they could see Hollywood on their home court at the Round House in New Providence.
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