The film follows the ups and downs of the 2009 football season at Manassas, a North Memphis high school with no history of winning. Here’s the story I wrote for the Indie Memphis preview (fourth item from the top) and here’s my review of the film in this week’s Memphis Flyer. Undefeated won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature last Sunday evening.
Much of the material I got in the interview was left out for space reasons for my story, so here are some excerpts from the cutting-room floor.
How does my alma mater, White Station High School, cap off Black History Month? Apparently in the best way possible, with an old-fashioned, multicultural, baton-passing rap posse cut. Pretty awesome, but I refuse to believe there isn't a budding MC Lyte somewhere on the Spartan campus:
A reader alerted me that Whitehaven High School did something similar a couple of years ago. Here it is:
After a fantastic six-year run the Folk Alliance International conference is leaving Memphis. It's off to Canada for the 2013 conference then on to a new home base in Kansas City. It's an estimated $2.5 million annual loss for Memphis. But the beat goes on.(To continue reading "That's All Folks" click here).
Here's a tiny sample of what went down at FAI 2012.
Luther Dickinson pays homage to his father Jim Dickinson.
There's a lot more below the fold.