Megan Shutzer never intended to be a filmmaker. A Harvard and Stanford graduate in international studies, she was working and traveling in East Africa for more than two years. She always used her experience as a soccer player to connect to the people on her journey.Shutzer arrived in Zanzibar, an island in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania with a population of about a million people. There are 800 mens soccer teams on the island, and one womens team.Shutzer, who speaks Swahili, sought out the New Generation Queens, quickly striking up friendships with the young women on the team.It was a really deep and close relationship, Shutzer said. It was also just very inspiring for me. It was viewed as bad and immoral for these girls to be playing soccer. And the fact is they were still playing. They were playing against men. I thought their story was very compelling.Shutzer decided to tell it. She said because shes never produced or directed a film before, the players themselves were her partners.They were eager to share. And they were a huge part of every decision about the film, Shutzer said. I asked them Who do you want the audience to be? The people here, people abroad. They were big questions, and they were great in terms of leading me.Now when Shutzer shows her 54-minute film, which is named after the team and follows its journey to its first tournament off the island, she frequently tells the audience that it was never made for them.It was made to show the other girls in Zanzibar that you can be a woman or a girl and Muslim and still play soccer, Shutzer said. Those things arent mutually exclusive.Shell will have another opportunity to tell that story in Oakland this week, as her film is part of the lineup for the inaugural Womens Sports Film Festival.The festival, which features nine films about the womens sports experience, will play Thursday through Saturday at The New Parkway Theater in Oakland, California. It includes a main feature on Thursday -- Thursdays opening night is free -- and Friday, and then multiple short films Saturday.The festival is the creation of executive director Susan Sullivan, a Bay Area documentary filmmaker, and executive producer Jennifer Matt, a technology entrepreneur and former athlete.Sullivan happened upon a showing of Strong! the documentary about Olympic weightlifter Cheryl Haworth, in a free screening at the San Francisco Public Library three years ago. Haworth, who is now retired, took to the stage after the showing, along with director Julie Wyman, and Sullivan was hooked.It was the greatest thing Id ever seen, this powerful female athlete up there and her story being told, Sullivan said. The experience really moved me.Fast forward, Sullivan says, to another film she saw about a young Indian girl named Thulasi who wants to become a boxer, trying to lift herself out of poverty and familial expectations, and Sullivan came up with the idea for a film festival dedicated to telling extraordinary stories of female athletes.I was moved by these athletes and these stories and the filmmakers who have brought these films to the screen to share with people, Sullivan said. These were films and athletes that people have never heard of, and it was a wrong I needed to right.I wanted to go to this event. And it didnt exist. If I felt that way, other people felt that way, too.Enter Matt. Shes been an athlete her entire life -- a basketball and soccer player, a swimmer. No one had to tell her that there arent enough stories about women and girls in sports.Im a believer that girls should stay in sports longer in their lives, even if they are never going to be a professional athlete, Matt said. Its a great thing to get you through some tough years.Sullivan and Matt are running the festival themselves, from securing the location and sponsors to working directly with the filmmakers. For the most part, they have self-funded this event.The films that will be shown in Oakland have been curated and shown in other places. Three films are a work in progress, Sullivan said. Strong! will be featured, as will Light Fly, Fly High the story of the Indian boxer, along with a series of short films, including Keepers of the Game by Judd Ehrlich, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is about a group of Native American girls in New York seeking to be the first Native womens team to bring home a Section Champions.Also showing will be Speed Sisters by Amber Fares, about the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East, and The Other Shore, which follows legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she attempted the 103-mile non-stop swim from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage.Shutzer said she watched the festival trailer in a room full of friends recently.Everyone had a grin on their face, she said. We are all so excited to see these stories, people are hungry for them. This is going to open a window into whats possible for girls and women. So rarely do we hear these stories, and yet they are out there. 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That deficiency was on full display in the Bears regular-season finale at top-ranked Sam Houston State on Nov. 19.The Bearkats Jeremiah Briscoe picked apart the defense, throwing seven of his FCS-leading 52 touchdown passes in a 59-23 rout, snapping Central Arkansas eight-game winning streak. Briscoe had five TD passes by halftime and threw for 431 yards, exposing a defense that ranks 96th against the pass.Last Saturdays 31-24 comeback win over Illinois State in the first round of the playoffs may have instilled some confidence, but the Bears, who finished second to Sam Houston in the Southland Conference, now have the terrifying assignment of trying to keep Kupp and Gubrud in check.The two helped the Eagles go 10-1 -- losing only to top seed North Dakota State on the road in overtime -- and earn the No. 2 seed in the FCS playoffs. They were both named the Big Skys Offensive Player of the Year -- the first time two players from the same school won that award. Even more extraordinary, the two joined Briscoe as the top three contenders for the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award on Tuesday.Thats amazing, EWU coach Beau Baldwin said. I felt they were both very deserving, but I didnt think they both would be finalists. I actually thought one might take the other players votes. You just dont see this happen very often.Kupp was the 2015 STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year and became just the fourth player in league history to be named to the Big Sky first team four times. His 91 receptions this season are the third-most in the FCS while his 129.7 receiving yards per game rank first. He owns 13 FCS receiving records, including career receptions (402), receiving yards (6,061) and touchdown catches (68).Tied to his success this season has been the play of Gubrud. The sophomores 4,086 yards are only 10 fewer than Briscoe for the most in the FCS while his 68 completion percentage and 9.27 yards per attempt both rank fourth in the division. 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Senior Shaq Hill trails only Kupp in the Big Sky with 1,014 receiving yards, and his 15 TD receptions are three more than his highly decorated teammate for the second-most in the FCS.The Bears, however, arent the only ones going to have their work cut out for themselves defensively.While EWU is third in the FCS in scoring at 44.2 points per game, Central Arkansas is also capable of piling up the points, averaging 34.7 to tie for 15th in the division.It scored 24 in the fourth quarter alone in its wild comeback versus Illinois State last weekend, as Antwon Wells 4-yard touchdown run with 1:28 remaining proved to be the game-winner for the Bears, who entered the final period down by 10.I think the guys saw we had 15 minutes left in the season, UCA coach Steve Campbell said. Its now or never. Its do or die time. I think the guys took that mantra finish.Unlike the Eagles, the Bears rely a bit more on the run.Freshman Carlos Blackman (590 yards, 4 TDs) leads a balanced ground game that features six players that have rushed for at least 200 yards and have totaled 27 scores. Quarterback Hayden Hildebrand is among that group, having run for 213 yards while throwing for 2,936 yards and 19 scores.His favorite target is senior Desmond Smith, who was named to the All-Southland first team and owns Central Arkansas all-time receiving records with 2,804 yards and 223 catches.The Bears also will have a major advantage when they have the ball, as Eastern Washington ranks 104th out of 125 FCS schools against the run and 85th defending the pass.Their overall athleticism and playmaking ability really stood out, Baldwin said. They make plays downfield, on special teams and their return units. They are athletes and they are aggressive too. 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