A group of college kids inspired a generation and changed college sports forever—the story of the 1963 Loyola Ramblers Basketball Team.
In 2005 the Chicago Tribune called it the greatest sports story of the past 50 years. In a town that saw both Mike Ditka's Super Bowl Shuffle and Michael's Jordan's incredible domination of the NBA that's saying a lot.
Overcoming adversity. Triumph in the face of insurmountable odds. Doing things not the easy way, but the right way. Standing up for what you believe in. Defending the inalienable rights of your fellow man.
This is the archetypical American story. And it’s the story of the 1963 Loyola Ramblers basketball team.
The Ramblers are the only team in Illinois history to ever capture the collegiate crown. March 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of their victory in the NCAA tournament. Back then, however, a different sort of madness was afoot: the racial upheaval, philosophical clashes, and burgeoning violence of the Civil Rights Movement.
In the middle of the maelstrom stood tiny Loyola University. With a team and starting line-up comprised predominantly of black players, the Ramblers’ “Iron Five” was – as befitting their moniker – a lightning rod. But neither the pressure of close games, nor the prejudice of close courtside crowds, would impede their wildly improbable run to the top.
Black and white coalesced. Foes became brothers. Champions championed a cause. And a group of college kids inspired a generation – and changed college sports forever.
We are a Chicago production company with more than twenty years of experience across the entire broadcast spectrum. We’ve done the research, interviewed players and participants, visited courts, campuses and homes. Initial discussions with a number of broadcast outlets have elicited great interest in this project, as the timing couldn’t be more right: February is African American History Month – which leads directly into March Madness.
We’ve got the talent, energy, and passion. But to bring the compelling story of the ’63 Ramblers to life, we’re missing one thing: funding. These monies are necessary to help see the project through to completion.
Here are the main production areas that our Kickstarter funds will facilitate:
• Shooting additional interview footage and travel
• Editing hours of footage
• Transcription services
• Color correction
• Sound track
• Licensing rights
• Legal fees
• Marketing and promotional materials
Please review our pitch and then pledge what you can, spread the word to your friends and neighbors. Our deadline is February 22, 2013. Your support will help bring this historic tale to the big screen.
Our independent production company is called Clark St. Films
Rino Liberatore, Executive Producer and Creator
Christopher Jones, Producer, Designer
Jill Dunbar, Production Coordinator
Bill Lindsey, Head Writer
Eric Bryning, Writer
Alaric Martin, Editor
Pete Hendricks, Editor
Matt Kasunic, Editorial Assistant
Alan Rosenquist, Editorial Assistant
Madeleine Nischan, Segment Editor
Doyle LaCrua, Camera Operator
Tim Marchewka, Camera Operator
Garrett Roodbergen, Camera Operator
Anthony Izzo, Production
Omar McClinton, Head of Production
Pat Draut, Business Manager
Matt Bressoud, Production Assistant
Allyson Holt, Production Assistant
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Although we are very experienced film makers all projects have some risk attached to them. Our biggest concerns are securing all the necessary rights for archived footage and audio. Very little footage exists from this era and team so there is great value in securing the use of visuals that bring us back in time.
We have done an incredible amount of research and continue to pursue all avenues of supporting materials. Although in their 70's most of the team members are alive and willing to tell their story.
Our team includes senior professionals with advertising and marketing expertise and we know there is great importance to have this story play with perfectly executed timing. That deadline is pressing us to complete on a very fast track.
We are confident and have a proven track record of rising to these challenges.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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We will post your name on the Thank You page of our website. We appreciate anyone who will help bring this inspirational story to the screen.Estimated delivery:
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A big thank you on our website and a personalized "Iron Five" commemorative postcard from the filmmakers.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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An insider "sneak preview" of the movie rough cut before it gets released. You will be given a private password to screen the film on line.Estimated delivery:
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Autographed Movie Poster. Limited Edition Print of the "Iron Five" poster signed by the filmmaker. Also-an insider "sneak preview" of the movie rough cut.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Be an honorary part of the crew with a production T-Shirt with the "Iron Five" logo. L or XL shirts only. Additional shipping charge applies outside of the U.S. Also-an insider "sneak preview" of the movie rough cut.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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A director autographed DVD of the documentary "Iron Five" plus a Movie Poster. Also-an insider "sneak preview" of the movie rough cut.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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An historic black and white 8 x 10 photograph suitable for framing. This photo is available in limited numbers and is autographed by an "Iron Five" player. Also-an insider "sneak preview" of the movie rough cut.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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A special invitation to a private screening party with filmmakers in Chicago in March of 2013. You will also receive a movie poster and an autographed DVD. Also-an insider "sneak preview" of the movie rough cut.Estimated delivery:
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A personal thank you in the end credits of the film as well as dinner with the filmmakers in Chicago. You will also receive a poster and an autographed DVD. Also-an insider "sneak preview" of the movie rough cut.Estimated delivery:
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