Football NFL Movie – Woodlawn – Released 2015 – Drama, Faith, Spiritual, Sport.
Pure Flix presents Woodlawn, in association with Provident Films, Legacy Motion Pictures and Salt Entertainment, a Kevin Downes production – An Erwin Brothers film, directed by Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin.
Know as “Bombingham”, the city suffered over 50 bombings linked to race issues since 1947. For decades, no case were solved.
Martin Luther King, Jr. called Birmingham “the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States.”
On June 11, 1963, Governor George Wallace stood in the doorway of the university of Alabama vowing to keep his promise that schools would never integrate.
Amid much controversy, Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant invited USC’s fully integrated team to play for the first time in Birmingham on September 12, 1970.
Woodlawn – Dare To Believe. One Hope. One Dream. One Way.
An extraordinary true story about love and unity in Woodlawn High School, torn by racism, hate and division in early 1970s.
Based on the book “Woodlawn” by: Todd Gerelds with Mark Schlabach.
A gifted high school football player Tony Nathan (Caleb Castille) must learn to boldly embrace his talent and his faith when he joins fellow African-American students at school.
As he battles racial tensions on and off the field in Woodlawn, Jefferson County, Alabama after its government-mandated desegregation in 1973.
It was only when Hank (Sean Astin), an outsider who has been radically affected by the message of hope and love he experienced at a Christian revival meeting, convinces Tandy Gerelds (Nic Bishop) to let him speak to the team.
When something truly remarkable begins to happen.
A spiritual awakening captured the heart of nearly every player, other than three players still left sitting on the bleachers at Woodlawn High School gym.
With absolute astonishment, Coach Gerelds said; “What just happened?”
More than 40 players, nearly the entire team, black and white, give their lives over to the “better way.”
Hank tells the team “its possible through following Jesus.”
The change is so profound in them it affects their coach, their school and their community in ways no one could have imagined.
A quote in the film by Martin Luther King, Jr. “Dark cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Coach Gerelds leads the team, even if it’s his job, fuelled by the team’s dedication for love and unity against all odds in a school filled with racism and hate.
The team goes on to make an astounding run at the playoffs.
This is not any NFL movie its more than just about winning, they overcome racial tension with faith and spiritual awareness.
Believe. No Fear is the true meaning for Tony Nathan and Woodlawn Football Team.
This faith leads to the largest high school football game ever played in the torn city of Birmingham, Alabama, and the rise of its first African American superstar.
The day Tony Nathan number 22 steps on the field with his team and their opponents the entire crowed is united like never seen before in Alabama, when Woodlawn vs, Banks November 8, 1974 is unforgettable memorable moment in football.
Coach Gerelds, “Boys there’s only… One Way.“
Is this truly the beginning of NFL School Football With Out Prejudice?
Is this the game of all games “One Way” that changed racial tension in the United States?
Truly remarkable cinema photography, achieve footage, film score and cast.
Excellent direction by the Erwin Brothers, their interruption of book “Woodlawn” does it justice.
Most of all for those who were not aware of the history in Birmingham, Alabama.
Directed by: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin
Written by: Jon Erwin, Quinton Peeples
Staring: Caleb Castille, Sean Astin, Jon Voight, Joy Brunson, Lance E. Nichols, C. Thomas Howell, Kevin Sizemore, DeVon Franklin, Brett Rice, Virginia Williams, Richard Kohnke, Brando Eaton, Jet Jurgensmeyer, Rhoda Griffis, Marcus Henderson, Kirk B.R. Woller, Blake Burgess, Danny Vinson, Jeff Rose, Vernard ‘Bone’ Hampton, Kelly Greyson, Kevin Downes.
Rest of cast listed alphabetically: Harry Alexander, Kristi Averette, Devin Bright, Jason Burkey, Carlton Byrd, Peter Charnock, Rodney Clark, Matthew T. Cook, Xavier DuPriest, Michael Entrekin, Ron Flagge, Jeremy Grimsley, Tyrell Humphries, Justin Johnston, Walker Morgan Kendrick, David Kloehr, Jeff Kruse, Kelly Layne, Keith Loy, David Manne, Doug Markstrom, Tom Mullins, Justin O’Neal, Michael Paul, Lee Perkins, Austin Pollard, Steven Chester Prince, William Ratcliffe, Ramzee Robinson, Justin Sanders, Mark Sellors, Christopher Setticase, Joseph Setticase, Christopher Snuggs, Haley Spates, Garrett Sutphen, Ray Torillo, Farris Turner, Dan Vaughan, James Vines, Hannah Waits, Stephen Wilson, Brian Wyatt, Doris Collier, Joe W. Lacey, Charley Wood.