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Girl’s Soccer Film “320 Minutes” Hits the Silver Screen

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The PS4 and Girl's Soccer teams at the premier of

The PS4 and Girl's Soccer teams at the premier of "320 Minutes."

Joran Palacio

Joran Palacio

The PS4 and Girl's Soccer teams at the premier of "320 Minutes."

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Three hundred twenty minutes of soccer was what the team needed to win the state championships. That was the inspiration  behind the short, three-part documentary 320 Minutes, by the Perry Sports 4 team.

The short documentary, headed by senior co-producers Joran Palacio and Noah Lau, follows the Pumas through their post-season efforts back in January and February to win the state championship.

The girls first earned their spot in the playoffs in a 0-0 tie game with Hamilton, earning them the number six spot in the state and 17 in the country.

Perry Sports 4 (PS4) had been following the team throughout the entire season, broadcasting games live online, along with live sports commentating by Palacio.

“It was mostly [because] nobody had ever really done it before,” Palacio said. “It was just about always expanding, and the fact that no one, to my knowledge, has done it to the extent that we did.”

Manning the cameras, film equipment, and helping in postproduction were seniors Parker Olszak and Jake Billingsley and juniors Ben Baker, Noah Peruch, and Nikola Dramicanin.

“The whole thing was kind of a roller coaster,” said Palacio. PS4’s documentary does not just capture the highlights of the girls’ season, but the lows as well: including the team’s untimely loss to Xavier College Prep in the state semifinals.

“We just wanted to give them the credit they deserve,” said Lau. “The girl’s soccer team is probably one of the best teams in the school.”  

Lau, along with the rest of the PS4 team, was highly involved in the filming and post-production aspect of the documentary, which Lau estimates took about one to two months


“They were pretty much on their own for the whole thing,” Multimedia and Film teacher Brian Bernier said. “They both [Lau and Palacio] had half days, and they would stay here until they got done at 3:30, maybe 4:00, every day for weeks on end.”

But, 320 Minutes really took off when the duo decided to take it to the silver screen at San Tan Village location of Harkins Theatres.

“We had to fill out a form with Harkin’s… and had to basically rent out the theater,” said Palacio. The documentary was able to successfully make a profit from their screening on April 3.

After constantly working on and editing the film, Palacio and Lau frequently joked they would be sick of seeing it. But, this wasn’t the case when they made it to the theater.

“Even then, the girls and us seeing what we worked so hard on was really surreal, and I don’t think it was anything that any of us are ever going to forget,” Palacio said.

“We’re probably going to enter [320 Minutes] into the Rocky Mountain Emmy competition this year,” Bernier said.

All throughout their post-season run, head coach John Roberts posed this question the girls: You have 320 minutes of soccer left this season‒ what are you going to do with them?

As of April 27, all three parts of 320 Minutes are available on the Perry Sports 4 YouTube channel.

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