Monday Night Smackdown: TONIGHT—Indie Lens Pop-Up Documentary, "Wrestle"
Thanks so much to Chip Chandler of Panhandle PBS for stopping by High Plains Morning to remind us about the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the acclaimed documentary "Wrestle," tonight at Caprock High School (3001 E 34th, just east of Osage). There’s a demonstration wrestling match at 6:30p, and then the film will screen. Don’t miss this intimate, coming-of-age documentary about four members of a high-school wrestling team at Huntsville, Alabama’s J.O. Johnson High School, a longstanding entry on Alabama’s list of failing schools.
If you loved Hoop Dreams, Undefeated, and Friday Night Lights, you’ll love this movie. The film and match will take place in the auditorium; it’s the big, orange building – you cannot miss it! Hear Chip's full interview here:
MORE ABOUT THE FILM, “WRESTLE”: Coached by teacher Chris Scribner, teammates Jailen, Jamario, Teague, and Jaquan each face challenges far beyond a shot at the State Championship: splintered family lives, drug use, teenage pregnancy, mental health struggles, and run-ins with the law threaten to derail their success on the mat and lock any doors that could otherwise open. Tough-love coach Scribner isn’t off the hook, either; he must come to terms with his own past conflicts while unwittingly wading into the complexities of race, class and privilege in the South.
Director Suzannah Herbert and Co-Director Lauren Belfer captured over 650 hours of footage during the course of the team’s final season to create this closely observed, deeply affecting depiction of growing up disadvantaged in America today.
Panhandle PBS Indie Lens Pop-Up screenings are supported by ITVS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Local support is provided by the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health.