Before the Superbowl magic fades away, we wanted to take the opportunity to talk about “1”, a movie directed by Tim O’Hara that shows the behind the scenes of the most successful high school football team ever: the De La Salle Spartans.
Besides the obvious cinematographic qualities of “1”, this movie also demonstrates that it is possible to shoot a film with semi-pro gears. The movie has been shot using Canon XL-1s miniDV cameras. The edition was done entirely on Final Cut Pro 3 on a Mac G4.
The movie is a true independent film (studios tend to hijack this term quite often), as it has been financed without the help of a studio. Isn’t technology great? As the quality increases, it will become easier (and cheaper) for regular people to produce top-quality art. “1” is distributed through Amazon.
February 2, 2005
DE LA SALLE SPARTANS FOOTBALL FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY RELEASED ON DVD-The Story Behind the Longest Winning Streak in Football History
SAN DIEGO, California – goingdigitalfilms, LLC has officially released its feature length documentary, “1: The Story Behind the Longest Winning Streak in Football History,” on the De La Salle Spartans football team of Concord, California. Available exclusively at Amazon.com, the 90 minute documentary, which premiered at the 2004 Cinequest (San Jose, CA) and Cleveland International Film Festivals to rave reviews, is a rare behind-the-scenes chronicle of the most successful high school football team ever and follows the De La Salle Spartans through a season on a quest not to win another championship or break another national record, but on a journey to become a cohesive team bound by love.
The Spartans are perhaps the greatest dynasty in sports history, having amassed a 151-game winning streak that spanned more than a decade. Beginning in 1979, with no teaching or head-coaching experience Bob Ladouceur became head coach of the Spartans and his teams have amassed the highest winning percentage in all of football history. De La Salle was named the USA Today National High School Football Champion in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003. Current DLS National Football League players include Amani Toomer (NY Giants) and D.J. Williams (Denver Broncos).
Coach Ladouceur has been awarded the USA Today National High School Football Coach of the Year Award three times, has been inducted into the National High School Football Hall of Fame and was nominated for the Coach of the Year ESPN Espy award in 2004 alongside Larry Brown of the Detroit Pistons and Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots. With a formal post secondary education in religious studies, Coach “Lad” teaches religion classes at De La Salle and considers himself a teacher and educator first and foremost. “Now this may sound odd to you; but the reason we win and what beats at the heart of our neighborhood is love. Yes, we win because our players love each other.”
“To all those who inquire about the secret of our success, I respond now with: Spend a Year with Us.” –Head Coach Bob Ladouceur
This film is thought to be the anti-thesis of such win-at-all-costs stories such as “Friday Night Lights” and “Go Tigers!” The film is recommended for anyone interested in the factors behind phenomenal team success, high school, football, greatest sports stories or teen development. “This is a story of what sports are, and should really be about.”
You’d think it was a high school football factory, you’ll find it’s something much more…
It’s not about X’s and O’s. It’s about having faith in something larger than yourself.
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goingdigitalfilms, LLC, is a production company committed to bringing novel stories that imitate life and human existence to a judicious audience through both neoteric and venerable fashions using the medium of motion picture. goingdigitalfilms was established in the summer of 2002 by Gavin Davis and Tim O’Hara. Its first production is a documentary on De La Salle High School in Concord, CA, entitled “1.”