The sweet story of a coach who just wanted to play good 'ball, the kids who believed in themselves despite frightening odds, and the history they all made together is precious to El Paso, Texas, and in 2004 it was entrusted to Walt Disney Pictures and Bruckheimer Films.
Here's my report for the El Paso Times (on behalf of the University of Texas at El Paso) on what those who participated in the film Glory Road—from a 12-year-old African American kid who auditioned on a whim to veteran actor Josh Lucas—remember about being a part of bringing history to the big screen.
(There were many, many more wonderful interviews and memories that had to be sacrificed due to space constraints; I hope I can to make it up to those individuals someday with a lengthier, richer piece.)
Labels: African American , basketball , color barrier , Derek Luke , Don Haskins , El Paso , film , history , Hollywood , Jerry Bruckheimer , Josh Lucas , NCAA , racism , Texas , UTEP
art film El Paso Featured music racism writing African American America Bauhaus Bobby Byrd Bowie Cinco Puntos Press Denmark Derek Luke Dogme Don Haskins Elbow Guy Garvey Hollywood Internet Jerry Bruckheimer Jim Ward Josh Lucas Juarez Lars von Trier Mexico NCAA Peter Murphy Rockethub Sleepercar Snowden Sparta Texas UTEP acting alix lambert almodovar amanda palmer animation author band basketball border celebrity cinema color barrier comedy crime crowdfunding crowdsourcing denial drama entertainment filmmaker magazine heroines history human nature interview joe loya journalism love marriage mocatv neil gaimon nymphomaniac online performing poetry privacy psychology public publishing relationships responsibility rock safety sam chou security slavery society songwriting surveillance tiff 2013 toronto international film festival tour women