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Fathers of Football is a forthcoming documentary about the Wagoner High School Football team and their unforgettable 2015 season.
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Why I'm Telling This Story: 

My father was a high school football coach, so I grew up on the sidelines with an understanding that I would someday play for his team. At the time, the Friday night lights didn’t seem special or fascinating - it was just what we always did as a family. One game night when I was in junior high, my dad saw me hanging out with some friends in the stands and yelled from the field, “Get down here where you belong!” He was seriously appalled, asking, “What were you doing up there?” as if I was suddenly someone he didn’t even know. Ever since then I haven’t been a "Hang-in-the-Stands" kind of guy. For the past two high school football seasons, I’ve been on the Wagoner sidelines (where I belong) filming with Coach Dale Condict and his Bulldogs. This film is about the team’s quest for a state championship, relationships between fathers and sons, and a family fighting cancer. The footage and stories have been captured, now for the hard part — editing these scenes into a film. Your generous contributions will help us pay our talented editors who are crafting this unique story. 

The Film:

Fathers of Football is a documentary that follows the triumphs and struggles of life in a small town, where football is not only the brightest stage but also the best ticket out. Most players are trying to avoid the same pitfalls as previous generations and make a name for themselves. After two state championships and a 25 game winning streak, the Wagoner Bulldogs are going for a third consecutive title under the leadership of their coach, Dale Condict. He's the backbone of his community. “Coach” is more than just your typical guy shouting out plays and holding a clipboard, he's a mentor and confidant to the young men on his team. Coach’s own son and the team’s starting guard, Austin Condict, is recovering from testicular cancer and trying to make a comeback on the field. Our documentary follows the coaches, wives, and players as their stories are interwoven with the challenges of the season.

About the Director:

Bradley Beesley is an Austin-based filmmaker and the son of a High School Football coach. He was on the mock-trial team at Piedmont High and was voted class clown at Highland East Junior High. Bradley has made several feature-length documentaries including Okie Noodling, The Fearless Freaks, and Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo.

Your Contributions: 

The money raised will help cover the costs of actually finishing the movie. This includes editing, creating an original soundtrack, color correction, legal fees, licensing and mixing the sound. To break it down, the more we can raise the better and faster we can finish the film. With your help, we’ll be able to complete this documentary and share it with you all. 

Thank you so much for your support!! - Bradley

Contributors:

The Flaming Lips will once again be key collaborators, creating a uniquely Oklahoma soundtrack for the film. It's only fitting to be working with Wayne and the band again considering their well-documented backyard football brawls as the Fearless Freaks!

The Fearless Freaks in action!
The Fearless Freaks in action!

Marcus Thorne Bagala:

Marcus will also provide an original score for the film. Marcus (occasionally referred to as Moose) has composed music, designed synths and crafted sound design for tv shows, films, podcast and the stage.  He is a regular contributor to This American Life, among others.

Rewards: 

Guided Noodling Trip!
Guided Noodling Trip!

 

Okie Noodling soundtrack by The Flaming Lips
Okie Noodling soundtrack by The Flaming Lips

 

Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo
Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo

 

Go to a game and hang on the sidelines with the team!
Go to a game and hang on the sidelines with the team!

 

Risks and challenges

They say that documentary films are created in the editing room and we agree with that 100%. That being said, we have been editing this film for the past year and we're closing in on the most challenging part of filmmaking - finishing. Your help in doing so would be most appreciated!!

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