On Monday, the Washington Mystics announced that Tina Charles will miss Thursday’s game against the Atlanta Dream.
Charles will miss the game because she is the produce and director of “Game Changer,” a short movie based on Tanya DePass, a Chicago-based gamer. The 17-minute film will be aired at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. While its June 17 premiere is not available to the general public now, you can still stream the premiere on June 18 at 6 p.m. ET.
In a press release, General Manager and Head Coach Mike Thibault said the following:
The Mystics organization is proud to support Tina in her second career as a movie producer. This project has been over a year in the making, so we had discussed well in advance that she should be in attendance at the premiere and enjoy the honor of being part of the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival.
This is not the first film Charles has directed or produced. Her first was in 2019 when she produced “Charlie’s Records” in 2019, which focused on her father’s record store in Brooklyn, the largest Borough in New York City.
Charles is currently the WNBA’s leading scorer where she is averaging 24.0 points per game. The Mystics expect her to return in time for their game on Saturday, June 19 against the Indiana Fever.
As a basketball fan, I admit that Charles’ presence will be missed and there’s a good chance that the Mystics will lose, especially considering that they were blown out last Sunday with Charles against the Dream in Georgia. That said, Charles has invested a lot of her time on projects outside of her WNBA career, and I’m very happy to see that she’ll be there for the premiere of a film she directed.