Bocce Club: Indie Film and Follow The Rules

Bocce is front and center in the new feature independent film, “Team Marco,” about to be released to video-on-demand by Goldwyn Films on November 20. The film stars Owen Vacarro and Anthony Patellis. Samuel Sandweiss and Candice Kuwahara produced the film and Julio Vincent Gambuto directed and also co-wrote the screenplay with B.R. Uzun.
According to the official trailer: “Young Marco is obsessed with playing video games and hardly leaves the house. But when his grandfather moves in, Marco’s life is turned upside-down and he’s forced to go play outside. Nonno introduces him to bocce – the world’s oldest game – and to the neighborhood crew of old-school seniors, who play daily at the local court. With sport, laughter and love, Marco finds connection to other people ‘in real life’ and rounds up a team of neighborhood kids to take on is grandfather and his pals.”
“Team Marco” premiered at the Mill Valley and Red Rock Film Festivals last year.

Organized Bocce play is slowly returning around the country and the Bay Area under Covid-19 restrictions, but remains stifled in Oakmont and Sonoma County. As of mid-October, Sonoma was the only county in the Bay Area that remained “purple” (widespread virus) on the State’s county risk level map. Nevertheless, determined players continue to compete on the Oakmont Courts under the Club’s reopening restrictions.

All players are reminded that they are required to observe the posted Rules of Play. Masks covering both nose and mouth and social distancing of six feet minimum are required on the court and in the court area. A maximum of 8 persons may play, a maximum of 4 persons on each side court with the center court left vacant at all times.

No Club equipment may be used. Except within two-person family units, personal equipment may not be shared. Players must identify and touch only their individual balls marked via tape, stickers, etc. and pallinos can only be touched by one person from each side during play.

Players are expected to bring hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes. One person shall be designated to score and that person will wipe down the scoreboard and pegs with sanitizer or wipes at the end of play. Individuals may not come to the courts if they have any illness symptoms; individuals play at their own risk. Persons wishing seating should bring their own chairs.

(Poster photos by Goldwyn Films)


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