Bowling Museum Launches Frame For Frame Project

by Bob Johnson 0

Museum teams with monterey media to save world-class film collection

By Terry Bigham
USBC Communications

ARLINGTON, Texas – The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the launch of the Frame for Frame Project to raise funds to rescue the museum’s world-class film collection, while celebrating the significant role bowling has played in Hollywood.

MuseumThe inaugural fundraising event of the Frame for Frame Project will be an invitation-only screening of the feature film “Sex, Death and Bowling” on Dec. 3 at the IBM/HF. Guests will have the opportunity to meet writer/director Ally Walker (right) and producer Jodi Schoenbrun Carter to hear first-hand the inspiration behind the film and how they incorporated vintage bowling scenes from the International Bowling Museum’s film collection. Actor Lyle Kanouse also will attend the screening.

The film stars Adrian Grenier (“Entourage”), Selma Blair (“Hellboy”), Bailey Chase (“Longmire”), Drea de Matteo (“The Sopranos,” “Sons of Anarchy”), Mary Lynn Rajskub (“24”), and Joshua Rush (“Mr. Peabody & Sherman”).

The museum also will have an exhibit focused on the relationship between Hollywood and bowling, featuring artifacts and props from television shows such as “Laverne & Shirley,” “Tom and Jerry” and from the movies “Kingpin” and “The Big Lebowski” as well as a section on “Sex, Death and Bowling.”

The “Sex, Death and Bowling” special event and exhibition kicks off the Frame for Frame Project’s yearlong movie festival honoring filmmakers who have artistically included bowling in their movies.

For a limited time, bowling fans can purchase a DVD of “Sex, Death and Bowling” at a discounted price, and 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame to help save and digitize the museum’s film collection. Click here for more information and to purchase the DVD.

Over the last three decades, the museum has amassed an amazing film collection, and this treasure trove of bowling footage includes presidents, movie stars and sports celebrities enjoying time on the lanes.

A recent gift to the museum was every episode of “Championship Bowling,” the ABC series that ran from 1954 to 1960 and featured many of the famous bowlers of the era.

Significant donations are necessary to cover the nearly $200,000 needed to digitize the museum’s films. The Frame for Frame Project also will provide grants for future filmmakers and make the footage available for public use.

“The over half-million feet of film is in a precarious position, and we will need to quickly catalogue it or the collection will disintegrate,” IBM/HOF museum curator Jessica Bell said.

Preservation of this collection boosts the museum’s educational mission as a resource for exhibits and movies that will affect millions of people.

“The museum’s film collection is deteriorating, and without digitization, it will be lost, and future filmmakers will lose out on the chance to use it,” said IBM/HOF Director of Development Gregg Williams. “Donations are needed to help preserve the history of bowling, which has made such a profound impact on American culture.”

For more information or to inquire about donating to this project, contact IBM/HOF Director of Development Gregg Williams at 817-385-8213, 800-343-1329 ext. 8213, or email

For more information about “Sex, Death and Bowling,” please click here.

About the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame
Located at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame collects, preserves and researches bowling’s history, provides a suitable home for bowling’s major halls of fame, and makes the museum’s information and collection available to interested parties globally for education, promotion and entertainment.

About “Sex, Death and Bowling”
Eli McAllister, our 11-year-old hero, is on a quest. He is also setting out to win The Fiesta Cup, a local bowling tournament. Joining him is his famous fashion designer uncle, Sean McAllister (Adrian Grenier). Sean hasn’t spent time with his family – specifically his father – for years. But now he has come home to spend time with his older brother, Eli’s father. Thrown into the tournament as his ailing brother's substitute, Sean clashes with his father as old wounds are opened. But instead of reliving the past, they pull together to bowl their best for Eli who stands to lose so much. Funny, sweet and soulful – “Sex, Death and Bowling” takes us on a journey to learn that the secret to life is loving what you have – even if it is just a split. Click here to learn more about the film.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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