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U.S.A., 2010, 91 mins, Color


Directors: Luke Boughen, Rebekah Fergusson, Gwendolyn Oxenham, Ryan White
Executive Producer: Les Allen
Producers: Francis Gasparini, Ryan White
Cinematographers: Rebekah Fergusson, Ryan White

Away from professional stadiums, bright lights, and manicured fields, there’s another side of soccer.  Tucked away on alleys, side streets, and concrete courts, people play in improvised games.  Every country has a different word for it.  In the United States, we call it “pick-up soccer.”  In Trinidad, it's "taking a sweat."  In England, it's "having a kick-about."  In Brazil, the word is “pelada,” which literally means "naked"—the game stripped down to its core.  It’s the version of the game played by anyone, anywhere—and it’s a window into lives all around the world. Pelada is a documentary following Luke and Gwendolyn, two former college soccer stars who didn’t quite make it to the pros.  Not ready for it to be over, they take off, chasing the game.  From prisoners in Bolivia to moonshine brewers in Kenya, from freestylers in China to women who play in hijab in Iran, Pelada is the story of the people who play.
    --Courtesy of the Pelada Website
About the Directors
Luke Boughen
Boughen is a law student at University of California-Irvine. Before setting out on this trip, he had a job in outdoor advertising, aka: billboards. In college, Boughen helped Notre Dame to Big East regular season and tournament titles, picking up all-tournament, national team of the week, and academic honors. The center midfielder was an Anthropology major. Receiving a grant to study sustainable development and social entrepreneurship, Boughen also lived in Rio de Janeiro and played in daily peladas.

Rebekah Fergusson
Fergusson is a freelance video producer and documentary filmmaker. Based in California, she has produced video segments for The Center for Documentary Studies and U.S. Soccer Federation, and is currently shooting for a documentary about a federal lawsuit against the California ban on gay marriage. A graduate of Duke University's programs in English and Documentary Studies, she was the recipient of the Julia Harper Day award and Benenson Arts Grant for her undergraduate work.

Gwendolyn Oxenham
Oxenham received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame, where she won the Nicholas Sparks Prize, a post-graduate grant to finish her first book. A 2004 graduate of Duke University's programs in English and Documentary Studies, she directed Essence Game and DWS, two short films centered on identity in sports. At sixteen, Oxenham was the youngest Division I athlete in the history of the NCAA. A Duke captain, she made two All-ACC teams, led the Duke team in assists, and was named Most Inspirational Player. She also played professionally for Santos FC in Brazil in 2005.

Ryan White
White is an independent producer who worked for years with eight-time Emmy winner Sherry Jones. His screen credits include: Capitol Crimes (Bill Moyers, PBS), a two-hour documentary untangling the web of money and corruption surrounding lobbyist Jack Abramoff; Dead Wrong: Inside an Intelligence Meltdown (CNN), an examination of the flawed intelligence that ultimately led to war in Iraq; and 9/11: For the Record (Bill Moyers, PBS), an exploration of the 9/11 Commission. White is a graduate of Duke University, with degrees in Documentary Studies and Film & Video. He is currently shooting a behind-the- scenes documentary about the federal lawsuit against Prop 8, the California ballot initiative that outlawed gay marriage.



U.S.A., 2010, 21 mins, Color

Director: Jeff Bednarz


A portrait of modern day small town America told through the story of two 6 Man Football teams vying for the 2009 Texas State Championship.

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