In Football We Trust
Follow four Polynesian high school football players in Utah as they struggle to overcome gang violence, family pressures, and poverty as they enter the high stakes world of college recruiting and the promise of pro sports.
The odds may be stacked against them, but they’ll never stop fighting for a better future. On Monday, January 25 at 7p.m., join WXXI at the Little Theatre when its Indie Lens Pop Up series presents In Football We Trust, directed by Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn. The film shows a new take on the pursuit of the American dream as the presence of Pacific Islander athletes in the NFL grows.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Ian Mortimer, who consults for Ruffalo Noel Levitz from his current position as vice president for enrollment management at Nazareth College. Panelists: Anthony Lipani, Director of Health, Physical Education & Athletics at West Irondequoit High; and Daniel Bates, McQuaid Football Coach.
More about the panel:
Ian Mortimer is the vice president for enrollment management at Nazareth College (NY). In this role, Ian leads and manages the admissions, financial aid, and graduate enrollment offices of the college. Prior to his arrival at Nazareth College, Mr. Mortimer served as vice president for enrollment management at Champlain College (VT). There he led all facets of the college's undergraduate and graduate enrollment efforts as well as institutional marketing. At both Nazareth and Champlain, Ian has developed, and assisted in developing, programs that provide educational access. Most of these programs stem from building partnerships with high schools that create a K-16 model.
Daniel Bates has 32 seasons of football coaching experience. He is currently Head Football Coach at McQuaid Jesuit, where for the past three seasons has a 15-12 record. He also teaches health, physical education and history at McQuaid. Prior to coaching at McQuaid he served as Assistant Coach for 29 seasons at several schools -- most notably - 18 season at Hilton High School. He is a 1984 graduate of Alfred University, where he played college football.
Anthony Lipani - bio to come.
About the Film:
Faced with the challenges of their surroundings, In Football We Trust follows four young Polynesian men as they struggle with their new surroundings in Salt Lake City, Utah. Despite exposure to shocking gang violence and poverty, the men are able to counteract these factors through a passion for football.
The film follows four young athletes on their journey from adolescence to adulthood, and the culture shock that comes along the way. As they transition into collegiate recruitment and the real world, American soceity becomes an even more apparent barrier they must break through. However, through a great deal of perseverance, they remain dedicated to growing both on and off the field.