This inspiring, true, and virtually unknown story must be
told. It’s the story of an unexpected and unlikely hero—some say the true hero
of the 1980 Holiday Bowl, now hailed as the Miracle Bowl.
It’s the inspiring story of Mel Farr.
Yes, you’ve probably never heard of him. He never caught a
winning touchdown pass. Never kicked a field goal. Never even suited up for a
game. But most importantly, he never gave up. And it was his tenacity that
inspired an entire team to mount one of the most memorable come-from-behind
victories in college bowl history.
Even if you’re not a football fan, this story will speak to
you because the film is really about the triumph of the human spirit—that thing inside us that makes us want to do more or be more. If you’ve ever
had a dream or an impossible or out-of-reach goal, this story will spark you to
stick with it. Or maybe you want to inspire others.
Never underestimate the value of spreading encouragement.
Several notable motivational speakers have recounted this
story—Lavell Edwards (NCAA Hall of Fame Coach), Steve Young (former NFL
quarterback), Vai Sikihema (NBC Head Sports Anchor), Tom Holmoe (Athletic
Director, BYU), and others who were on the 1980 BYU football team have used this
story to inspire young people. Now it’s time to bring this story to life in a
way that could possibly inspire millions.
The short film
We want to turn this story into a dramatic short film, but we
need your help. Your help and any of your friends who you think might be
willing to give assistance.
Through the power of group funding via Kickstarter.com we are
looking for people who would like to join in and contribute money for the
production of this short film.
How Kickstarter works
Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects. It’s a grass
roots social media platform where people like you who believe in the value of a
project can get involved and help kick start it. And in return get some pretty
cool inside rewards.
This project will be open until mid-February. If the project is fully funded (meaning we got enough supporters to
pledge enough to meet our minimum budget required to film) then everyone gets
charged the same day. Conversely, if the project is not fully funded, no one
gets charged. It’s all or nothing. But we’re hopeful with your help and the
help of your friends and their friends, we can do it.
Even if you can’t make a pledge there are other ways to
help. Forward this link to your own networks. “Like” our Facebook page. Post a
comment/link on your own Facebook page. Help us spread the word.
The more people know about the story, the more chances we
have of finding enough support to film this.
It’s been more than 30 years since that fateful game and
people still talk about it. Yet they don’t know the whole story. The story of
the short, developmentally challenged equipment manager who inspired an entire
team to never give up. No matter how daunting the task.
Please help bring this story to life. Help spread encouragement.