Tuesday, June 5, 2012

American soccer film rally! (updated)

From time to time, I prod you all into learning about films concerning American soccer, if not actually contributing to their creation. I meant to get to this sooner, but you know how things pile up on my notepad. In any event, today's topic is a documentary by Brooklyn filmmaker Sebastian Podesta titled Going Pro: American Soccer.

UPDATE
: I hollered at Sebastian and there will be a second Kickstarter campaign once they finish filming, mainly to cover post-productions things like the score and such. I vow today to be prompt with that announcement. My bad this time. Bad Greg!

I could take a crack at describing the project, but why not leave that to the director:


In an effort to help the sport grow in this country, we are seeking to make a cinéma vérité documentary following the players and coaches of the Premier Development League’s Brooklyn Knights soccer team over the course of the 2012 season.

While we hope to grow the sport, we also see this as an opportunity to create a work of exceptional filmmaking.  With our cinéma vérité, or observer like approach, we are attempting to make a film that feels like a movie and not a reality TV-show.


The documentary will begin with the preseason.  We will witness the players meet one another and begin their training.  We’ll watch the coaching staff prepare these players, test them, and form a team built upon values and winning.  Never before will we have had the opportunity to observe soccer training and theory from our top development programs in this close of a relationship.  We’ll also witness the individuals’ lives.  As much as the documentary will be about soccer, it is also about the people who form this team and their day-to-day lives.  We will watch as the players face obstacles in their daily lives and pursue their dreams of playing professional soccer.  In the background will be New York City – a city full of life and diversity – a universal backdrop for the universal game.


The story of the documentary will evolve as we shoot.  New drama will present itself, so the documentary is ready to adapt to the changes that unfold.  The spine or plot will remain the outcome of a season, but the subplots will change as they present themselves.









- Greg Seltzer

2 comments:

Jay Eychaner said...

Hmm. Maybe they'll put up another Kickstarter page? This one expired four days ago.

Greg Seltzer said...

Hmm. I will look into that, maybe there's another page now. Here is an update with some sample footage:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1476827741/going-pro-american-soccer/posts