Through the intimate stories of three American families, we grasp that childhood and high school sports are still the bridge to attaining the American Dream.... for the child as well as the parent. Is it worth it?
Sports play an enormous part in the American social fabric. More children than ever are participating in competitive sports. Sports can help achieve their athletic dreams, help with their academics, teach how to deal with adversity and failure, learn to succeed through hard work and dedication and of course how to have fun. The film looks at several different individual and team sports in America: from Boxing, Hockey to the girls AAU basketball. The film examines family relationships between mothers and fathers and sons and daughters. We look at their joys and struggles by exploring how sports play a part in their American dream.
BIO: Leon Gast is a documentary film director, producer, cinematographer, and editor. When We Were Kings, depicting the iconic "Rumble in the Jungle" between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, won the 1996 Academy Award for Documentary Feature and the Independent Spirit Award. Smash His Camera, about paparazzi photographer Ron Galella, won Best Director (documentary) at Sundance 2010. In 2012, Gast received a lifetime achievement award at the inaugural Golden Door Film Festival.
A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Gast studied dramatic arts at Columbia University and worked the TV series High Adventurewith writer/ broadcaster Lowell Thomas. He is also known for his still photography, appearing in such magazines as Vogue, Esquire> and Harper's Bazaar.
Gast is working on his second boxing legend documentary about the number two pound-for-pound best boxer in the world, Manny Pacquiao, detailing his rise from poverty to the top of the boxing world and congressman in the Philippines.
Producer(s): Leon Gast, Linda Saffire, Adam Schlesinger
Director(s): Leon Gast
Cinematographer(s): Kyle Kibbe, Ronan Killeen and Don Lenzer
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