In a story that’s almost impossibly too good to be true, a dedicated football coach grapples with an under- resourced and emotionally battered high-school team.
Documentary filmmakers Dan Lindsay and T. J. Martin spent a year in the underprivileged and mainly black community of Manassas, Tennessee, with a local high-school football team – a raggedy bunch of sullen teenagers who had an abysmal record of failure. Enter Coach Bill Courtney – a busy father of three who decided he might be able to turn things around. This extraordinary documentary charts the year that followed: the overwhelming and institutionalised odds against success, the disruptive personalities of the players, and the personal anguish that everyone went through as the season progressed.
Best Documentary Feature – USA Academy Awards.
Screenings at SXSW, Dubai International Film Festival.