Wrestle | Denver Film Society | Lauren Belfer | Suzannah Herbert | USA


Lauren Belfer, Suzannah Herbert

African/Af. Amer, Biographical, Sports

EnglishUSA201896 min


No upcoming showtimes scheduled.


Hoop Dreams goes to the mat in this coming-of-age-documentary about four members of a high-school wrestling team in Huntsville, Alabama. Jailen, Jamario, Teague, and Jaquan are the core of the team at J.O. Johnson High School, which has been on Alabama’s list of failing schools for years. Coached—and occasionally harangued—by teacher Chris Scribner, each of these young men faces challenges far beyond a shot at the State Championship: drug use, splintered family lives, pregnant girlfriends, and run-ins with the law threaten to derail their success on the mat and lock any doors that could otherwise open. Tough-love coach Scribner isn’t off the hook, either; he must come to terms with his own past conflicts while unwittingly wading into the complexities of class and race in the South. Co-directors Suzannah Herbert and Lauren Belfer captured over 600 hours of footage during the course of the team’s season to create this closely observed, deeply affecting depiction of growing up disadvantaged in America today.

Directors Lauren Belfer and Suzannah Herbert will be in attendance for all screenings.

Producer: Lauren Belfer, Steven Klein, Seth Gordon, Suzannah Herbert, Mary Rohlich | Editor: Pablo Proenza | Cinematographer: Sinisa Kukic | Screenwriter: Lauren Belfer, Suzannah Herbert, Pablo Proenza
Cast: Jailen Young, Jamario Rowe, Teague Berres, Jaquan Rhodes, Chris Scribner