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Oscar contender “Undefeated”

"Undefeated" Documentary Directors T.J. Martin (L) and Daniel Lindsay pose for a portrait during the 84th Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton hotel on February 6, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Each of the Oscar-nominated documentaries has spirit, passion and heart. In the film “Undefeated” the emotion plays out on the field of an underdog high school football team.

The Tigers, from an underdog town in Tennessee, were founded in 1899 at Manassas High, but never turned that longevity into success ... never ever won a play-off game. It got so bad, spirit-wise and money-wise, the team started selling game appearances to teams across the state who wanted to score an easy win.

Enter Coach Bill Courtnay, the man with the patience and fortitude to take individual players and turn them into a team. If you liked the popular television series "Friday Night Lights," you have to see “Undefeated.”


What motivates a volunteer coach to dedicate himself to a seemingly hopeless football program? How do the realities of North Memphis affect the Tigers? What makes “Undefeated” a top doc this year?


T.J. Martin, Director/Editor/Director of Photography

Dan Lindsay, Director/Editor/Director of Photography