The Mighty Rams
The Mighty Rams
The 1974 James Island High School football team overcame racial tensions and riots...but, why does that matter to Charleston today?
The 1974 James Island High School football team overcame racial tensions and riots...but, why does that matter to Charleston today? Read more
“The Mighty Rams” fulfills a life-long dream to document the early days of racial integration in Charleston, SC, including intense racial tension, race riots and the James Island Rams High School football team that took momentous steps to end the threat of riots forever. As a result of struggling through the challenges together and with only average talent, this half black/half white team created an intense bond. This bond generated enormous team power which resulted in an undefeated season and a state championship.
The film tells the story of this team and examines how they are dealing with current day race issues in Charleston, South Carolina. What did they learn back then, that might be able to help the community now?
We began principal photography in April and continued with production for six months. We conducted 16 interviews, as well as documented two high school reunions and many different community and race related events in Charleston.
We are now looking for finishing funds to complete the film. Important steps in the process remain, such as color correction, sound design, and music composition. We are also planning a serious effort to submit the documentary to film festivals. Please support us in the making of this important and inspirational story!
To Capture History:
Historical yet relevant today. The events associated with James Island High School, James Island, Charleston, South Carolina and the South during the late 60s and early to mid-70s. On the power of pulling together as a team, on racial integration challenges and solutions. To learn so that history doesn’t repeat itself.
It’s Friday night football in a fairly small town with a happy ending. It’s the dream of every high school football athlete - to compete for and win a state championship. It was especially sweet for this team of half black and half white athletes of average talent bonded together by the struggle they experienced dealing with the challenges of integration.
The Power of Team can overcome any challenge, particularly if the challenge is an adversity that rises to the level of a cause. And in this case racial bias, perhaps THE major cause of our generation! This team learned to dream its own dream and would not accept what was being forced on them by society.
We are all called to serve and to lead; what an awesome opportunity to recall what we learned during those times and to contribute those learnings to the on-going equality and unity dialogue of today. Any financial success will be shared with targeted youth-based athletic organizations as The Mighty Rams team credits participation in organized sports early in life as a key to their success on and off the field.
Risks and challenges
Making a documentary film involves inherent challenges. Fortunately most of the hard work is finished. We have the film in the can, now we just need to make sure it is the best film it can possibly be.
We hope to submit this film to as many film festivals as possible, and we are optimistic about being accepted. But it is a very expensive process!
Each film festival charges a fee to submit, and if accepted, we are responsible for travel and accommodation expenses. Help us take this film as far as we think it can go.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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