Coming to theatres today, Friday, November 8:
Los Angeles Film Festival 2017 (under original title THE CLASSIC)
An intimate look at a legendary high school football team rivalry.
The East LA Classic is the homecoming game for both James A Garfield High School and Theodore Roosevelt High School, rivals since the first game in 1925. The event is so popular, it annually draws audiences of 25,000. Beyond exploring the significance of this sports event to the community, the film explicitly confronts the stereotypes and prejudice facing Latinx people – with East Los Angeles notably home to America’s largest Latinx immigrant population. Director Billy McMillin grounds his film through the perspectives of four players and two coaches as they prepare for the game and deal with everyday obstacles as Latino men. While much of the focus on the Classic itself feels very familiar from other high school sports docs, this perspective on American identity and the specific experiences of members of the Latinx community help to distinguish the project.