When I was doing my documentary about the Canton-McKinley Bulldogs high school football team, I saw a figure who became quite familiar. Every day I would see him out running pass routes and catching “air passes,” a lone figure committed in a way some would ridicule. I never laughed at Sean Malafronte because anyone whose successful will tell you the biggest key is simply showing up.
And this guy showed up every day.
Running steps. Catching air passes. Running sprints. Breaking a sweat while imagining his dream coming true. Documenting his entire regimen on folded up pieces of paper. This paper was proof he was committing his mind, body and very soul and sacrificing for his dream. He wants to succeed to make his parents proud. He wants to succeed because to prove it to the haters. But most importantly, Sean Malafronte wants to succeed to prove the voice in his head that says he can, isn’t just a voice only he can hear.
Produced by Sean Pamphilon, Edited by Kameron Brown
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 »