Cal Crew Documentary Premieres On Campus
March 9, 2001
Hollywood, CA -
|Cal Crew Documentary...All For One:
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Dynamique Pictures is proud to announce the world premiere screening of ALL FOR ONE. The one-hour documentary film goes inside the intensely competitive world of collegiate rowing, and follows Coach Steve Gladstone and his University of California crew team in their quest to rebuild the once dominant program.
The world premiere screening of ALL FOR ONE will take place on March 24th at 8:30 p.m. in Wheeler Auditorium, on the University of California, Berkeley campus. This event ï¿½- which coincides with the 77th annual Cal Crew Day festivities -- is free and open to the general public.
Crew is the oldest Intercollegiate Sport in the world. Long before the era of professional athletes and sports franchises, universities were competing on waterways for national and international honors. The first time two universities competed against one another, not just in rowing, but athletically, was at the 1829 Oxford-Cambridge boat race in England. In America, competition between colleges began with the Harvard-Yale boat race in 1842 and extended westward with the start of the California-Washington race at the turn of the century. In its heyday crew was an extraordinarily popular sport with annual regattas and Olympic competitions attracting more than 100,000 spectators.
There is something undeniably contagious about this consummate team sport. It's an experience wholly unto itself that has persevered through the best and worst of times for one simple reason: people who participate in rowing do it for the pure passion of it. Today the sport continues to attract thousands of scholar athletes annually without the promise of fanfare or fame.
Steve Gladstone is widely regarded as one the most influential coaches in contemporary American rowing, and his authoritative career has produced 8 National Championship crews over the past 25 years. What makes Gladstone so remarkably successful is open to argument, but the combination of his resonate coaching methods and his age old philosophy will appeal to oarsmen and audiences alike.
Two of the standout oarsmen in the film are Mike Lennig & Andreja Stevanovic. Lennig not only commands the varsity crew from the coxswain position, he feels a personal responsibility for their success. Stevanovic, an international student from Belgrade, Yugoslavia, communicates his well thought out ideas with a heartfelt passion would transcend any language barrier. Through their eyes we experience all of the agony and the glory of their sport and their hard-fought journey into the history books.
Craig Amerkahian, the freshman coach, was a former Cal oarsman himself. His firsthand experience with the century old rivalry with the University of Washington would leave an indelible mark on every man who entered the program.
Don Blessing was not only the oldest living Olympic gold medallist in the sport of crew, he was a precious link to rowing's golden era. Still razor sharp and boisterous at the age of 93, his undying devotion and enthusiasm for the sport inspired a whole new generation to endeavor mightily.
The two character defining seasons chronicled in ALL FOR ONE would include many heartbreaking defeats and unexpected challenges, but Gladstone and his squad never lost sight of their ambitious desire to challenge the nation's top rowing programs, and bring the championship trophy back to California. All of the elements would come together in 1999 when they won the national title in a boat named after Blessing, and gave the film its classic storybook ending.
ALL FOR ONE represents the first feature-length documentary film ever made about the sport of rowing. Professional 35mm motion picture cameras were used to photograph all of the action. The production team traveled over 25,000 miles to follow the events on and off the water. Working closely with the University Archives, the UCLA Film & Television Archives, and The Friends of Cal Crew, the filmmakers uncovered one of the largest rowing collections in the country.
Filmmaker Dominique Derrenger brought a decade of production expertise to ALL FOR ONE. Starting in the ranks at Walt Disney Pictures in production finance and at Columbia Pictures in creative development, he has worked on over five-dozen feature films. Following an extended stint developing movies at Jim Henson Pictures and producing two independent films, he formed his own production company to make ALL FOR ONE.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Dominique Derrenger456 1/2 N. Gardner St.Hollywood, CA 90036Phone: 323.653.3278E-mail: ALLFORONE@pacbell.net