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The Orchard Takes the Ball On Pee-Wee Football Documentary “The Roughnecks”

Jan 08, 2015

Marty Bowen & Richard Cameron White chronicle the on and off-the-field intensities encountered by The Ridglea Roughnecks

New York, NYJanuary 8th, 2015 –  Film & TV distributor The Orchard has picked up character-driven sports documentary The Roughnecks, the true story of Fort Worth’s Ridglea Roughnecks and the outstanding determination displayed by the players, coaches and parents throughout the season. The film, Co-Directed and Co-Produced by Richard Cameron White (The Sleeping Bear) and Marty Bowen (Twilight, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, The Fault in Our Stars, Maze Runner) had its world premiere at 2014’s Lone Star Film Festival and is slated for a 2015 digital release.

“We are incredibly excited to be working with The Orchard on The Roughnecks,” says Co-Director and Producer Marty Bowen. “It was a labor of love for us – especially me since I played for them when I was young – and The Orchard’s innovative, passionate approach to distribution is the perfect fit in getting our movie out to a mass audience.”

The Roughnecks follows the 11-year-old division of the eponymously-named Pee-Wee football team in Texas as they set out on their last opportunity to win Youth Football’s version of the Super Bowl. On the field, the young players face excruciating practices; while at home, they must confront personal and familial struggles. Community, passion and suspense combine to create the drama of a heartwarming sports story.

Roughnecks is an epic tale as much about Pee Wee football as it is about youngsters finding themselves in the face of adversity,” said The Orchard’s SVP of Film & TV Paul Davidson. “Richard Cameron White and Marty Bowen have delivered an inspiring tale about a world as fascinating as it is surprising.”

The Orchard will distribute the film digitally in 2015 to audiences worldwide. The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo of The Orchard and UTA on behalf of the filmmakers.


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