Insight to Coach Carter Film Essay

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COACH CARTER
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Tension mounted as the Richmond High Oilers faced the upcoming basketball championship. The town was wild with excitement over their undefeated team and the bleachers were filled with cheering fans for every game. No one could imagine that on January 4, 1999 the community would erupt in dissention and so many lives would change forever when Coach Ken Carter padlocked the gym, refusing the players access for failing to keep up their grades. Inspired by a true story, “Coach Carter” is an inspirational account of controversial high school basketball coach Ken Carter (Samuel L. Jackson), who received both high praise and staunch criticism when he made national news for benching his entire undefeated team
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“Samuel L. Jackson was the only name on it.” Bringing the story of the man behind the remarkable event, which happened on January 4, 1999, all began when producers Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin read an article in the Los Angeles Times about the lockout. They immediately contacted Ken Carter. “We knew that this was a particularly refreshing story because it wasn’t only about basketball, but also about human relationships,” says Tollin. “Coach Carter’s fervent passion for bettering the lives of the young men on his team is nothing short of amazing.” “What’s also extraordinary is how this one act affected the entire Richmond community,” adds Robbins. “Not only did it pull the community apart…but it also pulled it together.” Executive Vice President of MTV Films David Gale says that the story is riveting and important at the same time. “This film is not only a great coming-of-age story, but it also has a message that will resonate with audiences.”

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Director Carter, whose hugely successful film “Save the Last Dance” spoke to the importance of following your dreams no matter the challenges or what people may think, says that one of his main goals in directing “Coach Carter” was to stay away from stereotyping. “I wanted to deal with the good and bad of high school sports, how playing ball can focus a kid toward a dream, but how that dream can also be unrealistic and narrow,” says Carter. “Equally important to telling the

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