Cleveland, Ohio – Hometown Media Productions (HMP) announced today that they are releasing the film festival hit Breaking Balls for an exclusive one week run at Southside Works Cinemas in Pittsburgh beginning Friday, March 9th and running twice daily through March 15th.

Breaking Balls, produced by HMP affiliate Pallino Productions, and directed by Cleveland State University film instructor and USC film school alum John P. Vourlis, is a hilarious and heartwarming 75-minute feature length documentary that follows three colorful figures involved in the game of bocce as viewed through the lens of the 30th Anniversary Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce tournament. The Challenge Cup is one of the largest bocce events in North America, and is held every year at the Wickliffe Italian-American Club in Wickliffe, Ohio, the last weekend of August.

The film was a huge hit at the 2017 Cleveland International Film Festival, where it sold out 3 screens in one night. Breaking Balls also played to a sold-out audience at the 2017 Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, voted one of the top up-and-coming festivals to attend by MovieMaker magazine. You can view the trailer on Vimeo here:

I am very excited to be showing Breaking Balls in Pittsburgh. The city has a very large Italian-American community and a lot of bocce players call the area home. I’m pleased they are going to get the opportunity to see their culture and traditions honored on the big screen,” said Vourlis.

David Huffman, Southside Works Cinema Director of Marketing, said, “We’re excited to bring Breaking Balls to Southside Works Cinema giving Pittsburghers a chance to see this entertaining new doc on the big screen.” The film will play at 2:30 and 7:30 pm, and tickets are available online at and at the Southside Works Cinema box office.

Breaking Balls is being distributed internationally on DVD through Amazon by CPI Distributors and is available worldwide to rent or own digitally on iTunes, GooglePlay and other digital platforms.

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