The first “Gem” is from the person who has become the films’ heartbeat, Kyle Turley. KT was the first interview I did for this film and the inspiration behind it. He also provides that sound-track with some amazing music and displays the soul of a thoughtful, singer-songwriter.
What drew us to Kyle as filmmakers is his raw honesty, unbridled loyalty and the fact that he sticks up for people. As an active player Kyle Turley was known as the guy who threw an opponents helmet after ripping it off his head. We here at the USOF recognized Kyle as the first player to openly lobby for current players to help the men who built the game of football.
To that end in 2007, Kyle donated a game check to the “Gridiron Greats” organization and implored his colleagues to do the same. For this reason, we consider KT a first-ballot Hall of Famer as a human being.
This Gem was edited by Ty Minton-Small and produced by Justin Bergeron.
Over the past two years, director Sean Pamphilon has shot more then 300 hours of footage (pee-wee's to the pro's) and traveled thousands of miles to tell the story of The United States of Football. Not all of the more then 60 interview subjects made it into the film. Here in Gems from the Cutting Room Floor we will show you outtakes from the film as well as short stories cut exclusively for the website.
SP Philms is an independent film company specializing in sports documentaries. Director Sean Pamphilon, with his fresh first-person style of journalism, is able to get to the essence of each subject and their story in a way that few others are able to do. This is why our film, The United States of Football, is setting the trend on this issue and our film-making setting the standard in journalistic documentary.
Sean Pamphilon is an award-winning filmmaker (“playing with RAGE”) and Emmy winning documentary producer (HBO’s boxing series “Legendary Nights”) with nearly twenty years of production experience in sports television.Read more »