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     HELLFIGHTERS
USA, 87 mins, Color

MIDWEST PREMIERE

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Director: Jon Frankel
Writers: Siobhan Dunne, Jon Frankel
Executive Producer: Jon Frankel
Original Music: Phil Hernandez, Chris Maxwell
Editor: Siobhan Dunne
Cinematographer: Jon Frankel
Sound Editor: Bill Seery
Art Design: Margot Frankel
Cast: Coach Duke Fergerson, Rodmann Tahriek Crenshaw, Christopher Ruffin, David Bliss, Jorge Laboy

www.hellfightersmovie.com


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Of the 305 public high schools in New York City, only 43 have football teams and none of them are in Harlem. That is until Doug Ferguson, a former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, organized the Harlem Hellfighters in 2003. But basketball is king in Harlem, and the Hellfighters are a long way from Friday Night Lights. Filmmaker Jon Frankel follows the team through their third season as they look for park space to practice, forfeit games due to inadequate paperwork, and cope as players with poor academic records are cut. Audited by the Public School Athletic League, hounded by the Board of Education, and in danger of losing their NFL funding, the Harlem Hellfighters are under stress and Coach Ferguson under scrutiny. "They want you to quit," the hardheaded and enigmatic coach tells his team. Still, playing with the Hellfighters is the opportunity of a lifetime for Tahriek Crenshaw, a quarterback who knows that football is the only way he can pay for college; David Bliss, a defensive back with grades so good he is being courted by Harvard; and Christopher Ruffin, a phenom whose mother taught him the game and has already been noticed by Division 1 schools in his junior year. The bleachers may be empty, and there may be no cheerleaders or marching band, but for many of these players, the Harlem Hellfighters is the start of achieving their dreams, one touchdown at a time.

- Ann Lewinson, Courtesy of the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
    --Ann Lewinson, Courtesy of the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
Jon Frankel
Filmmaker Jon Frankel, age 43, was raised in New York City. He graduated from Horace Mann high school before heading off to Syracuse University and the Newhouse School of communications. He began his career as a radio producer for Bob Costas and then spent a season as a producer for NFL films. Jon then jumped in front of a camera and his career as a local sportscaster took him from West Palm Beach, FL. to Miami and back to WNBC in New York. Before long, Jon moved to the networks and spent ten years as a general assignment correspondent for NBC, ABC, and CBS news. He is presently a correspondent for Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO and CNBC’s On the Money.
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UK, 2006, 3:26 mins, Color (Family Friendly)

Director: Daniel Austin
Producers: Daniel Austin and Matthew Austin
Written By: Daniel Austin
Music and Sound: Matthew Austin
Animator/Designer: Daniel Austin
Main Cast: Matthew Austin
Editor: Daniel Austin
Executive Producers: Chris Austin, Daniel Austin, and Matthew Austin
Financed By: Privately Funded

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Showings
06/8/07 07:00 PMVenue 3 (HS)
Saugatuck High School Auditorium
401 Elizabeth Street
 
06/10/07 02:00 PMVenue 3 (HS)
Saugatuck High School Auditorium
401 Elizabeth Street
 


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