WoodlawnRelease Date 10/16/15 (In Theaters)
Genre:  Drama/Based on Actual Events
Rating:  PG
Running Time:  Unknown
Studios:  Crescent City Pictures, Red Sky Studios.
Directors:  Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin.

Cast:  Nic Bishop (Tandy Gerelds), Sean Astin (Hank), Caleb Castille (Tony Nathan), C. Thomas Howell (Shorty White), Jon Voight (Paul Bryant), Sherri Shepherd (Momma Nathan).

Story:  A gifted high school football player must learn to boldly embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field in WOODLAWN, a moving and inspirational new film based on the true story of how love and unity overcame hate and division in early 1970s Birmingham, Ala.

Tony Nathan lands in a powder keg of anger and violence when he joins fellow African-American students at Woodlawn High School after its government-mandated desegregation in 1973. The Woodlawn Colonels football team is a microcosm of the problems at the school and in the city, which erupts in cross burnings and riots, and Coach Tandy Gerelds is at a loss to solve these unprecedented challenges with his disciplinarian ways.

It’s only when Hank, an outsider who has been radically affected by the message of hope and love he experienced at a Christian revival meeting, convinces Coach Gerelds to let him speak to the team that something truly remarkable begins to happen. More than 40 players, nearly the entire team, black and white, give their lives over to the “better way” Hank tells them is possible through following Jesus, and the change is so profound in them it affects their coach, their school and their community in ways no one could have imagined. Source: woodlawnmovie.com, official site.


Carter High

Carter HighRelease Date:  10/30/15 (In Theaters – Limited); 11/7/15 (In Theaters – Nationwide)
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Studio(s):  Sweet Chariot Productions, PlayNow enterprise, Tycor International Film Company.
Director:  Arthur Muhammad
Cast:  Vivica A. Fox (Mrs. James), Charles S. Dutton (Coach James), Pooch Hall (Coach Vonner), David Banner (Royce West), Reginald C. Hayes (Mr. Russeau), Robert Hayes (Gary), Aundre Dean (Derric), Lynn Andrews III (Keith).

Story:  Carter High is the emotional, gripping and ultimately uplifting true story of the powerhouse 1988 Carter High School Football Team from Dallas, Texas. Carter has to overcome tremendous difficulties to reach their ultimate goal of winning a state championship. As parents and community leaders come together to support the youth through their hardships, the team becomes the hero of the community.

The film is being produced by former Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders defensive end Greg Ellis and directed by former Carter player Arthur Muhammad. Source: thecarterhighmovie.com (official site); IMDB.





Release Date:  11/10/15 (AFI Fest); 12/25/15 (In Theaters)
Genre:  Drama/Sports/Based on Actual Events
Rating: PG-13
Running Time:  Unknown
Studio(s):  Scott Free Productions, Sony Pictures.
Director:  Peter Landesman
Cast:  Will Smith (Dr. Bennet Omalu), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Prema Mutiso), Alec Baldwin (Dr. Julian Bailes), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Dave Duerson), Stephen Moyer (Dr. Ron Hamilton), Luke Wilson (Roger Goodell-rumored), Albert Brooks (Dr. Cyril Wecht), Richard T. Jones (Andre Waters).

Story:  Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world.  Source:  Sony Pictures.

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