Thursday, September 25, 2008

life is a contact sport

a few summers ago, i had the opportunity to work on what was known as "the rugby movie."  i saw it last summer at the crew premiere.  it was great, and i hoped it would get the national distribution it deserved.
if you've driven I-15 lately, the billboards will tell you that it indeed did get its chance.  i attended the official premiere tonight.  it's even better the second time around.

we americans never grow tired of the inspirational sports movie; it's a perennial favorite inside of us.  usually it's about football or boxing, sometimes baseball, and, occasionally, hockey.  but in a good sports movie, the actually sport is arbitrary.  like the sport itself, getting the ball from one end of the field to the other doesn't mean much compared to the stories of those who move it.
"forever strong" is about rugby, which is new and cool, but it's about honor, diligence, purity, hard work, sacrifice, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent; that kind of stuff.  in the great pantheon of "inspirational sports movies", it's perhaps my favorite.  it makes me want to work hard.  to hold to honorable principles.  to be the best that i can be.  check it out when you're looking for something to see.  not only will you be supporting utah filmmaking, you'll come out a better person.
it also makes me wish i'd played sports in high school.

kia kaha


Jack said...

I've been wanting to see that ever since I knew you got to shoot a Rugby movie involving,, Sean Astin. I've heard a lot about how sweet it is and that it's getting tons of national attention. Way to be a part of that. I'll have to go see it.

Becky said...

Brady and I were wondering if you had worked on that, but I didn't know it was filmed a couple years ago (forgive my memory; you probably told me about it back then). But we'll have to see it when it comes to the dollar theatre (or maybe when it's on DVD, since we have a third family member now...)

Leith said...

Well Jefferson, Rugby may be a new sport to you, but as a citizen of the country that currently calls itself "RUGBY WORLD CHAMPS!". Thats all, my train of thought ends after that exclamation. I've actually been wanting to see this movie for a while, and now that I know you worked on it, I want to see it even more. I'll even cheer when I see your name in the credits.