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A Most Beautiful Thing - Arshay Cooper

Updated: Jul 6


Arshay Cooper has become a huge influence in the rowing world. Recently featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal, Arshay is the author of A Most Beautiful Thing (previously published as Suga Water). His memoir is also the inspiration of a new documentary film of the same name. Arshay’s book, which was released under its new title by Flatiron publishing on June 30, follows his experience and role in forming the nation’s first all-Black high school rowing team.

The documentary is set to open in select AMC theaters on July 31, according to a recent press release. The documentary will be airing in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Oakland, Seattle, Atlanta, Houston, San Francisco, Washington DC, Austin, Dallas, Orlando, San Diego, Cincinnati, and New Jersey.

Originally planned to debut at SXSW in Austin, A Most Beautiful Thing has a star-studded list of NBA All-Star and Grammy-winning producers, a Grammy and Oscar-Winning narrator, and an award-winning director.

The film delves into the backstory of the young men from Chicago’s West Side who made up the team. The men are coming together after 20 years apart in the wake of the death of a coach. Together, they will race one more time. The film captures the talent and work ethic of young people from areas such as Chicago’s West Side juxtaposed with the lack of access and opportunity many of these youth face.

In the wake of the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, the topics covered in this film resonate more than ever.

In the Seattle area, A Most Beautiful Thing will be playing at AMC Southcenter 16 located in the Southcenter Mall in Tukwila. While no tickets have been released for sale yet, keep your eyes peeled and remember to wear a mask!


Up to 50% of the film's profits will go to A Most Beautiful Thing Inclusion Fund so that every youth has the opportunity to row and reach their full potential with no barriers.

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