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Nov. 3 - Commission-assisted film gets Oscar talk

"Already hyped as a Best Documentary Feature Oscar nominee for 2012, 'Undefeated' is set for national release in February. Memphians, however, will have a chance to see the film Thursday, when it has its local premiere on the opening night of the 14th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival."

This is from John Beifuss' story in The Commercial Appeal (see it here) on the documentary shot here with assistance from the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

There are two compelling stories here. The main one is about the extraordinary events with the Manassas High School football team and volunteers that the documentary chronicles. The other is about the making of the film and how it has garnered so much attention.

Beifuss writes: "Like the Manassas High School football players and adult volunteers in the movie, who helped the beleaguered school try to break its 110-year playoff jinx, the filmmakers responsible for 'Undefeated' found themselves inside an unexpected and even inspiring story line when their risky, unheralded documentary became one of the hits of the festival season. 'Undefeated' not only earned standing ovations, but it sold in a reported 'seven-figure deal' to The Weinstein Company, canny distributor of such movies as 'The King's Speech' and 'Inglourious Basterds.' "

Read all about it here, and make plans to attend the Indie Memphis Film Festival screening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 3) at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper.

This is the festival's opening night gala, with an opening reception in the lobby at 5:30 p.m. Filmmakers and some people in the film will attend and do a Q&A after the screening. Tickets are $15, available at



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