An upcoming sports documentary that premiered at the SXSW Film Festival last year, directed by filmmakers Daniel Lindsay (Last Cup: Road to the World Series of Beer Pong) and T.J. Martin (A Day in the Hype of America, On the Rocks). It was one of the five films nominated for the best documentary for 84th Annual Academy Awards.
Set in the inner-city of Memphis, the docudrama chronicles the Manassas Tigers 2009 football season, on and off-the-field, as they strive to win the first playoff game in the high schools 110-year history. A perennial whipping boy, in recent decades Manassas had gone so far as to sell their home games to the highest bidder, but that all changed in the spring of 2004 when Bill Courtney, a former high school football coach turned lumber salesman, volunteered to lend a hand. When he arrived, the team consisted of 17 players, some timeworn equipment and a patch of grass masquerading as a practice field. Focusing more on winning young men than football games, the football program nevertheless began resurrecting itself and, in 2009, features the most talented team Manassas has ever fielded; a team that seems poised to end the playoff jinx that has plagued the school since time immemorial.
This coming-of-age documentary film provides audiences an intimate view of an underprivileged group of teens and their inspirational coach, as they attempt to make history.