Angelo Pizzo’s directorial debut and Clarius Entertainment release “My All American” has been recognized with the Truly Moving Picture Award by nonprofit arts organization Heartland Film. Select theatrically-released titles — entertaining films that do much more than just entertain — are honored with the designation throughout the year. Submissions are received directly from studios and producers for consideration.
“Freddie Steinmark’s inspiring true story will impact both sports and movie fans alike,” said Heartland Film Artistic Director Tim Irwin. “The themes of hope, dedication and the triumph of the human spirit resonated with our jury.”
“It’s always a joy to have your work recognized for exactly the qualities with which you’ve tried to imbue it, so for Heartland Film to deem ‘My All American’ a Truly Moving Picture Award winner is particularly gratifying,” said Director Angelo Pizzo. “I’ve been a huge supporter of the organization for over 20 years and am extremely grateful for this honor.”
What Freddie Steinmark (Finn Wittrock) wants most in the world is to play football. Deemed too small by the usual athletic standards, his father trains him hard, and Freddie brings a fight to the game that ultimately gets him noticed — by none other than legendary University of Texas coach Darrell Royal (Aaron Eckhart). Awarded a scholarship and a chance to play for the Longhorns, Freddie sets off to Austin with his loving high school sweetheart Linda (Sarah Bolger), determined to make the team. Alongside his old teammate Bobby Mitchell (Rett Terrell) and new pal James Street (Juston Street), Freddie is put through the paces of a grueling practice schedule, but the boys’ camaraderie off the field translates into solid playing on it, and they rise up the depth charts, giving the Longhorns a real chance to turn the team around. But just when they’re reveling in the success of the season, Freddie suffers an injury that leads to a shocking diagnosis and the biggest challenge he will ever face. From the writer of “Hoosiers” and “Rudy”, “My All American” tells the true story of a boy who became a hero and what it truly means to have the heart of a champion.
Truly Moving Picture Award winner “My All American” opens in theaters nationwide Friday, November 13, 2015.