Independent Feature: The Passing Game

Documentary film and podcast featuring legendary prep school basketball coach Fletcher Arritt. The film and show feature interviews with some of the best coaches and players within the basketball community.

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The Passing Game - Documentary Feature
Written, Directed, Filmed, Edited, and Produced by Phil Wall
Official Site: www.thepassinggame.com
In 42 seasons at Fork Union Military Academy in rural Virginia, Arritt sent over 450 players to the collegiate ranks—including more than 200 to Division I schools—and tallied an incredible 888 wins against 280 losses. Arritt declined offers to ”advance” to the collegiate level, instead choosing to labor in obscurity at the very school that changed his life back in 1959. The Passing Game follows Arritt’s final years as a coach, and explores the philosophies that have inspired so many. Directed by one of Arritt’s former players, this feature-length documentary includes commentary from some of the great basketball coaches you have heard of: Bob Knight, Roy Williams, Tubby Smith, and Billy Donovan.  The film is currently in post-production.
The Passing Game podcast has recorded over 60 episodes and features interviews with coaches/players from all levels.  Excerpt from The Passing Game with Fletcher Arritt podcast.  This is an interview with Billy Donovan, who was the featured guest on the program's 40th episode.  Episodes are available at thepassinggame.com and/or iTunes.
The film was selected as a Southern Documentary Fund project in the Spring of 2013.  The SDF is a non-profit dedicated to facilitating the production of documentary films about the American South.  They select films based on work in progess and help filmmakers raise funds by extending their tax-exempt status to the sponsored works.  The SDF provides artists with opportunities for professional growth, offering support and programming that connects them to the resources necessary to hone their skills, complete their projects, and exhibit them widely. And as a leading advocate for documentary culture in the Southeast, the SDF forges relationships between regional filmmakers and industry professionals around the country.
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