About this project
What is "The Rivalry: Red V. Blue"?
Red V. Blue is the first and only movie to document college basketball's hottest rivalry: the Kentucky Wildcats versus the Louisville Cardinals.
- The two schools have won a combined 11 National Collegiate basketball championships (UK has eight; UofL has three).
- Until the 1983 NCAA tournament "Dream Game", the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, the two most prominent schools in the State of Kentucky, had not faced each other in basketball since 1913.
- The schools are separated by only 75 miles, yet remain cultural opposites in many respects: Lexington (rural) vs. Louisville (urban).
Red V. Blue had to be made; we just happen to be making it at the perfect time!
- We were in New Orleans to document the historic clash between Louisville and Kentucky in the 2012 Final Four.
- We were in Atlanta for the first championship since 1986 for the Louisville Cardinals.
- Our incredible fan footage in these cities will share the history of the Kentucky—Louisville rivalry with generations to come.
Hear the experts discuss the future and history of the Kentucky—Louisville rivalry. Our interviews include:
- Hall of Fame coach Denny Crum
- Hall of Fame coach Joe B. Hall
- The Voice of the Kentucky Wildcats Tom Leach
- Kentucky Sports Radio's Matt Jones
- Yahoo! syndicated sports columnist Pat Forde
- Card Chronicle founder Mike Rutherford
- The Cats' Pause founder Oscar Combs
- Radio personality Tony Vanetti and dozens more!
Now we need YOUR help to finish this one-of-a-kind sports documentary.
We have completed 80 percent of the production, but there are a few more players, coaches, and personalities who need to be interviewed.
Your Kickstarter dollars will cover the completion of principal photography as well as the post-production and distribution expenses of Red V. Blue. These costs include but are not limited to:
- Equipment rental
- Crew stipends
- Editing stipends
- Archival footage
- Animation / graphics
- Sound editing
- Sound design
- Licensing agreements
- Merchandise manufacturing
Our heartfelt thanks for your interest, and please consider supporting us socially as well as financially!
One of the best ways to help is by sharing this one-of-a-kind documentary with your family, friends, colleagues, teammates, and rivals alike!
If you like what we are doing and want to see Kentucky recognized for its excellence in college basketball, join Red V. Blue nation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, and email our video / project to any and all relevant contacts.
For a more detailed history of the rivalry between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Louisville Cardinals, please visit our website.
P.G. Banker, Aaron Mikel, Rory Owen Delaney, Wade Smith & Adam Lefkoe
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Who We Are
Rory grew up in Louisville, KY but currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Maya Meinert and their two pugs. Rory co-produced BOMB IT 2 after writing and directing the feature documentary TOXIC SOUP, as seen on Free Speech TV and Explora TV. His most recent short doc VIRTUAL IRAQ REDUX was named one of 100 semifinalists in the 2012 Focus Forward Filmmaker Challenge. Delaney also wrote and directed the short doc MOUNTAIN MAN, which was an official selection of the 2011 Raindance Film Festival and the Santa Cruz Film Festival, among others. In 2010 Rory was named an honorary Kentucky Colonel by Governor Steve Beshear. Delaney holds a BA in English from Yale University and an MFA in dramatic writing from New York University. He is currently the managing web editor at MovieMaker Magazine.
Wade grew up in Paintsville, a small town in eastern Kentucky. Smith is an environmental consultant who has worked on some of the largest environmental litigation cases in the United States. In 2008 Wade was contacted by director Rory Owen Delaney to work as a producer on the documentary TOXIC SOUP. Wade has since become the marketing brains behind Man Bites Dog Films. His films have screened at the Raindance Film Festival, Santa Cruz Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Twin Cities Film Festival, Louisville International Festival of Films and New Jersey Film Festival, among others. Wade is currently producing the reality TV show HILLBILLY DRAGS. Outside of producing, Wade holds a private pilot license, choreographs stunts and is a precision driving professional. He is a diehard Kentucky Wildcats fan.
Adam is an Emmy award winning sports anchor, who was recently named the 2013 AP Kentucky TV Sportscaster of the year. A native of Philadelphia, Adam has become well-versed in the Louisville-Kentucky rivalry since his move to Kentucky to work at WHAS11 in 2010. After more than two years of research into the most heated rivalry in sports, Adam created “The Rivalry” YouTube series about the Louisville Cardinals—Kentucky Wildcats basketball rivalry. In 2012 Adam Lefkoe partnered with Man Bites Dog Films to produce "The Rivalry: Red V. Blue."
Risks and challenges
After the documentary is successfully funded, we will have to clear the archival footage and the university logos with the appropriate licensing companies for use in "Red V. Blue."
Over the past year, we have negotiated some reasonable deals for archival footage and logo licensing, but these deals are subject to change. We will be upfront and transparent with our community about any such changes or challenges.
Fortunately, the majority of the footage that we have shot for "Red V. Blue" does not need to be licensed. However, in order to ensure a smooth release, we will put the film through a rigorous legal screening process.
Ship dates: We have allotted extra time for the manufacturing process of the DVDs and other merchandise and are confident in our projected ship dates. However, there is always a chance that things will take longer than planned.
Another question that we get is: Will the documentary portray the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats equally?
The answer is YES! "Red V. Blue" will portray both basketball programs as equally as possible. Because director Rory Owen Delaney is a Cards fan and producer Wade Smith is a Cats fan, our goal as filmmakers is to give each fan base the respect that they deserve.
In the event of a creative impasse, the tie-breaking votes for what goes in / out of the movie will be cast by our remaining crew members: producer Adam Lefkoe from Philadelphia, producer P.G. Banker from Nashville, and editor Aaron Mikel from southern Indiana. That's democracy in action!
Our goal is to release the documentary in theaters across Kentucky in advance of the December 2013 rivalry game in Lexington, KY. The film will also be released digitally and on DVD.
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