Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Executive Producer Benjamin Suarez Takes Viewers Behind The Scenes of The Most Popular Game in The Land
The passion-filled film of Executive Producer Benjamin Suarez and Director Evan A. Marshall, Late Rounders, follows a group of college football standouts as they begin their quest to make the 53-man roster of an NFL football team. Coming from a wide array of backgrounds and sharing one common goal, some of the players featured will see their dreams realized on draft day, while others will see their dreams fade away.
The candid, touching look inside the road to the NFL features 2010 hopefuls Corey Peters Defensive Tackle, University of Kentucky, Aaron Morgan Defensive End, University of Louisiana-Monroe, Alfonso Smith Running Back, University of Kentucky, John Conner Fullback, University of Kentucky, and Ray Fisher Cornerback/Kick Returner, Indiana University. Late Rounders also gives viewers a peek into the lives of two hardworking sports agents Michael Puterbaugh and Greg “Tripp” Linton as they ply their trade, heart, soul and mind, in an effort to get their clients to the big show. Both agents and advisors for HOF Player Representatives, Puterbaugh exudes power in quiet, as Linton wears his passion for their players and the game on his entire being.
All the hard work, years of commitment, everything…comes down to one day. Their personal stories come together inside a Kentucky sports bar on the biggest day of their lives – draft day – as cameras capture every win, every loss, and every moment in the struggle to become Late Rounders.
Make sure you check out this must see film.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The death of a promising young athlete just days before his 16th birthday inspires his older brother to lead his college football team to new heights in The 5th Quarter, the moving saga of the Abbate family of Marietta, Georgia. Aidan Quinn, Andie MacDowell and Ryan Merriman star in this touching true story from writer and director Rick Bieber.
When 15-year-old Luke Abbate is killed in a tragic car accident, the loss leaves his close-knit family reeling with grief. Fueled by faith and their deep familial bond, the Abbates try to rebuild their lives without Luke, fulfilling his wish to help others by donating his organs to save the lives of five other people. But despite the support of loving friends and family, his death leaves a void in their lives that threatens to tear the family apart.
Struggling with the devastating loss, Luke’s older brother Jon a gifted football player at Wake Forest University, decides to honor his brother’s memory and love for the game by dedicating the 2006 season to him. With the added motivation of “playing for two,” he dons Luke’s beloved No. 5 jersey and inspires his teammates to play the best football of their lives—and become the most improved team in America. Predicted to finish last in their division, the Wake Forest football team surpassed all expectations by winning an unforgettable championship season.
A tribute to the power of hope and love, The 5th Quarter is an inspiring true story about a family coming together to rally a team, a school and a community to achieve more than they could ever have imagined.
OPENS IN THEATERS MARCH 25, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Based on a real-life tragedy, this film deemphasizes sports-movies cliches in favor of a larger and more resonant story about a community finding its feet after tragedy. On November 14, 1970, Marshall University's football team, the Thundering Herd, was returning from an away game in North Carolina, accompanied by its coaching staff, stadium announcer and two dozen prominent local supporters. The plane crashed, killing everyone and devastating not only the college, but the entire city of Huntington, West Virginia.
University officials decide to suspend the football program on the grounds that playing — assuming the school could quickly cobble together a team and staff, which seems profoundly unlikely — would be an affront to the dead and salt in the wounds of the bereaved. But a handful of players, led by Nate Ruffin (Anthony Mackie) — who was home nursing a serious shoulder injury at the time of the crash — make an impassioned plea for the program's resumption. The school eventually finds a coach — Jack Lengyel (Matthew McConaughey), who has more than a little of the used-car salesman about him — willing to take on the position of athletic director. He in turn lures assistant coach Red Dawson (Matthew Fox) — who gave up his seat on the doomed flight — back onto the field. After losing dozens of potential recruits to rival West Virginia University, Dawson and Lengyel employ unorthodox recruiting strategies to secure enough students to constitute a team, and persuade university president Donald Dedmon to petition the supervisory NCAA for a waiver allowing freshmen to play. As Lengyel slowly molds his recruits into a team, "We are Marshall," the Thundering Herd's traditional rallying cry, takes on a larger meaning, uniting newcomers and survivors, families, students and even competitors — the WVU Mountaineers play an entire season with small crosses on their helmets in remembrance of the Marshall team.
Posted by Patrick Schuster at 8:18 PM