Movies at MoPOP Presents "The Comeback" - Watch 'Cool Runnings' (1993) With MoPOP + Special Guests Matthew Ricketts and Sherwin James Saturday, December 11!
“Feel the Rhythm! Feel the Rhyme! Get on up, it's bobsled time!”
A team of Jamaican bobsledders have their eyes set on the Winter Olympics — never mind that they’ve never sled in snow! With the help of a former champion with a tarnished reputation, they might just have a shot at qualifying. Watch Cool Runnings (1993), a hilarious and heartwarming underdog tale, with the Museum of Pop Culture at 6 p.m. PT this Saturday, December 11, part of our Movies at MoPOP online watchalong film series, "The Comeback."
Hosted by MoPOP's Manager of Community Engagement Kwapi Vengesayi, who will be joined by special guests Matthew Ricketts and Sherwin James (read about them below!), our latest installment in "The Comeback" series exemplifies the uphill battle and unlikely heroes achieving the impossible. After over a year of isolation and untold hardship, we hope "The Comeback" series inspires viewers to reflect on their own comeback stories from the last 18+ months. Whether you got a new job, started a new hobby, or just made it through the pandemic as best as you could, we hope you'll join the watchalong and share your stories with us.
Here’s a handful of program elements that you can expect to see this Saturday, December 11:
Pre-film introduction with MoPOP’s Kwapi Vengesayi, plus special guests Matthew Ricketts and Sherwin James
Chat with Kwapi, Matthew, and Sherwin during the film
Post-film discussion of "The Comeback" theme
As with all of our virtual movie watchalong events, you'll need to register in advance to attend. This program uses a pay-what-you-can ticket model — every little bit helps! All proceeds contribute to MoPOP programming, along with the preservation of our collection and our educational initiatives, all of which support our mission of making creative expression a life-changing force.
After registration, instructions on how to join the program will be e-mailed to you. If you happen to own a copy of the film or are able to rent a physical copy from your local video store, make sure to get it queued up at 6 p.m. PT on Saturday, December 11. Otherwise, here's where you can find Cool Runnings (1993)online:
Matthew Ricketts, the youngest of 4 children, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and lived there until 2001 when he moved to the United States. Track and field was not his first love, but growing up in Jamaica you are at some point expected to compete in the sport. Matthew started track at Mavisville Prep School at age 7 and continued through his high school, Wolmer's Boys High, where he garnered a track and field scholarship to the University of Idaho. After two years at Idaho, Matthew continued collegiate track at Louisiana Tech University, where he eventually became an assistant coach for sprints, for a year and a half. Ricketts graduated with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Administration from Louisiana Tech and continued studies to attain a Master of Business Administration from Albany State University.
About Sherwin James
Sherwin James is a retired track and field Olympic athlete who represented Dominica. He competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics in the men's 200 meters where he finished eighth in his heat, failing to advance. He also competed at the 1999 World Championships in Athletics and 2001 World Championships in Athletics.