Set against the backdrop of a high school football season, Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin’s documentary Undefeated is an intimate chronicle of three underprivileged student-athletes from inner-city Memphis and the volunteer coach trying to help them beat the odds on and off the field. Founded in 1899, Manassas High School in North Memphis has never seen its football team, the Tigers, win a playoff game. In recent decades, the last-place Tigers had gone so far as to sell its regular season games to rival schools looking to chalk up an easy win. That began to change in 2004, when Bill Courtney, former high school football coach turned businessman, volunteered to lend a hand. When Courtney arrived, the Tigers were accustomed to timeworn equipment and a sorry patch of lawn as a practice field. Focusing on nurturing emotional as well as physical strength, Courtney helps the Tigers find their footing and their confidence.
For players and coaches alike, the season will be not only about winning games – it will be about how they grapple with the unforeseeable events that are part of football and part of life. (Undefeated website)
Winner, Best Feature Documentary – 2012 Academy Awards
Nominated, Best Documentary – 2012 Black Reel Awards
Nomimated, Best Documentary Feature – 2012 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards
SXSW Film Festival – Official Selection
Toronto International Film Festival – Official Selection
Doc NYC Film Festival – Official Selection