“Messwood,” a documentary after a season on the Shorewood-Messmer high school football program, debuts at the DOC NYC New York City Film Festival this weekend.
“Messwood” is produced by Milwaukee-based 371 Productions and Participant Films and will air on November 14 at the New York Cinépolis Chelsea. Following the personal premiere, followed by a Q&A with directors Emily Kuester and Brad Lichtenstein, the film will be available online through the festival from 15-28. November.
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According to the festival’s website, the film is available online throughout the United States. Online tickets are $ 12; see docnyc.net for tickets and more details.
DOC NYC is considered the largest American documentary film festival. The 12th edition, which began on November 10 and runs through November 18, features more than 120 feature-length documentaries along with dozens of events and programs. Personal events are in New York City; many of the films in the festival are also available online.
“Messwood” follows the combined Shorewood-Messmer high school football team in the 2019 season, a season in which the differences between the two schools – one school predominantly white, public and suburban, the other black, Catholic and urban – rise to the surface as the season progresses forward.
Shorewood and Messmer decided to combine their football programs in 2001. The decision to form a co-op and its impact on students and people in both communities was the focus of the 2004 book “First and Long: A Black School, a White School and Their Season of dreams, “by Greg Borowski. (Borowski, who was a reporter when he wrote the book, is deputy editor / news, projects and investigations at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.)
IndieWire, one of the independent film world’s go-to sites, called “Messwood” one of 12 “must-see” films at this year’s DOC NYC: “Directors Emily Kuester and Brad Lichtenstein were ready to track a groundbreaking season that could set the course for the future of not only Messwood, but both Shorewood and Messmer as a whole.”
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