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POWER, PASSION & GLORY:

The real story of Texas football madness.

Download a printer friendly vesion October 29, 2004
Independent Texas filmmaker issues The Friday Night Challenge™

Contest pits new documentary POWER, PASSION & GLORY against FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and asks, “Which film better captures the truth about Texas high school football?”

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CONTACT John P. Katsantonis - 773-745-1348 - jkatt@ix.netcom.com
Turn out the “Lights.” The party’s over.
Mojo shifts to Ken Heckmann’s riveting,
unscripted new documentary

POWER, PASSION & GLORY:
The Real Story of Texas Football Madness.
DALLAS (OCTOBER 29, 2004) – With FRIDAY NIGHT
LIGHTS enjoying a box office bonanza, the nation’s
attention has turned to the incredible fanaticism of
high school football as it’s played in the Lone Star
state. Meanwhile, excitement is building in anticipation
of the release of the unscripted, unrehearsed,
“un-Hollywood” version: “POWER, PASSION & GLORY:
The Real Story of Texas Football Madness.”
       Narrated by Pat Summerall, the documentary
represents the efforts of filmmaker Ken Heckmann (Ken Heckmann Productions - Dallas) to capture the grit,
hysteria and heart-stopping tension of the real thing. Appropriately, he selected as his subject the Celina Bobcats, who became the winningest team in Texas history during their dramatic 2002 season, all of which Heckmann captured on camera. Located 40 miles north of Dallas, Celina (pop. 3100) had won a record 57 straight games and four consecutive state 2A championships going into the 2002 season.
      What Heckmann didn’t know at the time was that an extraordinary event would give the documentary an extra dose of drama. To everyone’s shock, Celina’s legendary head coach of 14 years, G. A. Moore, left for the school’s archrival, Pilot Point, who they would later play in a key game. To this day, it’s not clear exactly why he departed. But when Moore’s key assistant and protégé, Butch Ford, took his place, the stage was set for a real, unforgettable story.
      The plot thickened further when the University Interscholastic League (UIL) – the governing body of Texas high school athletics – bumped Celina up to the 3A division, in which they were the smallest school, with just 347 students. The resulting documentary traces a team, and a town, in transition, with their dearest institution (high school football) as the centerpiece of an unexpectedly dramatic season.
      After the close of that fateful season, Heckmann spent the following 18 months turning miles of video into a 110-minute documentary with enough twists, turns and excitement to fill several movies. In addition to Summerall’s narration, POWER, PASSION & GLORY includes an exceptional FREE VHS , with original score and ten new songs by Dallas producer/composer Chip Evans.
      Emerging as the star of the Heckmann documentary is Celina’s new head coach. With his spiritual approach and characteristically “Texas” colloquialisms, Butch Ford delivers a natural and unrehearsed tour-de-force. His pre-game and halftime speeches are unforgettable highlights of the documentary.
      The final product is a pulse-pounding story of a season on the brink. Will Celina win their fifth straight state championship, after moving up to a higher classification? Will the record-setting winning streak be broken? The film builds in tension to an unforgettable ending even Hollywood couldn’t have thought up.
      The documentary will be released on November 1, 2004 and will be distributed initially through the Internet on www.ppgthemovie.com.

DVD Extras and Special Features
- Missing and deleted scenes from the movie.
- An interview with Celina coach Butch Ford and a special edit of his stirring pre-game, halftime and post-game speeches.
- An interview with coach G. A. Moore, now the winningest coach in Texas high school football history (with over 400 wins), on what it takes to build a winning program.
- An interview with producer Ken Heckmann on the making of POWER, PASSION & GLORY: The Real Story of Texas Football Madness.
- A very special edit of the 2004 game between Celina and Pilot Point that will go down as one of the great Texas High School football games (and rivalries) of all-time.
- An interview with former NFL star and current college football broadcaster Craig James.
- An interview with former TCU running back Kent Waldrep, who received a paralyzing football injury, on why he is letting his sons play football in Celina.

More information on the movie can be found at www.ppgthemovie.com.

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CONTACT John P. Katsantonis - 773-745-1348 - jkatt@ix.netcom.com

Independent Texas filmmaker issues The Friday Night Challenge™
Contest pits new documentary POWER, PASSION & GLORY against FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and asks, “Which film
better captures the truth about Texas high school football?”

DALLAS (OCTOBER 29, 2004) – With his new documentary ready for release, Dallas filmmaker Ken Heckmann has issued a no-holds-barred Friday Night Challenge™. Just watch his POWER, PASSION & GLORY: The Real Story of Texas Football Madness and Hollywood’s FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, then decide which movie best captures the truth about Texas high school football.
      Those who prefer POWER, PASSION & GLORY will be registered to win an all-expense paid trip for two to the Texas high school football state championship game of their choice. Those who prefer Friday Night Lights can get back the cost of the Heckmann DVD/video and keep the documentary.
      “FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS is well done but it’s still ‘Hollywood’ and it often strays from the truth,” Heckmann says. “What I did was capture the unscripted, unrehearsed, unstaged realities of Texas high school football,” he states, adding, “I believe that most people are going to prefer the real thing.”
      POWER, PASSION & GLORY is narrated by veteran sportscaster Pat Summerall and includes an exceptional motion picture featuring an original score with ten new songs.
      “The Friday Night Challenge” The documentary focuses on the Celina Bobcats, who became the winningest team in Texas history during their dramatic 2002 season. Located 40 miles north of Dallas, Celina (pop. 3100) had won a record 57 straight games and four consecutive state 2A championships.
      What Heckmann did not know is that two unexpected events would set the stage for an extraordinary, thoroughly absorbing, true-life drama. First, the Bobcats’ coach of 14 years suddenly left the team for its archrival, who they would later play in a key game. Next, the team was bumped from the 2A to 3A division, where they would compete with better teams from bigger schools for the first time.
      “When you’re watching a Hollywood movie, you know that everything has been staged, even if the underlying story is true,” says Heckmann. “But my film is totally real: even I did not know how it was going to end, as I was making it.” In fact, the actual ending to the final game of the football season, and Heckmann’s documentary, turned out to be more exciting, unbelievable, and real than anything Hollywood could have dreamt up.
      Underscoring the documentary’s quality is the fact that history POWER, PASSION & GLORY recently won the Deep Ellum Film Festival’s coveted “Audience Favorite” award.
“POWER, PASSION & GLORY represents what Texas high school football is all about,” observes Olympic gold medalist and Texas all-state high school football star Brandon Slay. “The word I’d use to describe it is ‘real.’ Nothing is staged; you can’t ‘stage’ a season like that.”
      According to Ken Hall, AKA “The Sugarland Express” — greatest running back in high school history, “POWER, PASSION & GLORY sets a realistic tone about how a coach brings innocent kids to the football world. I thought it was very real. Coaches will watch and analyze it. It’s what high school football is all about. The film is authentic. It has it all. If you watch it to the end, it’ll grab you. It’ll touch your heart.”

The Friday Night Challenge contest runs from November 1 through January 31. The film is slated for release on November 1, and will be available on DVD or VHS, via mail or Internet ordering. Those interested in the contest and/or ordering POWER, PASSION & GLORY should go to www.ppgthemovie.com. Football coaches can order the POWER, PASSION & GLORY DVD at a significant discount.
Editors: For more information on The Friday Night Challenge™, please go to: www.fridaynightchallenge.com
The Friday Night Challenge is a trademark of KHP, Inc.

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