‘The Sandman’ is a short film featuring the Trona, California High School Football team as they train and go through Hell Week in preparation for the upcoming Fall 2015 season.
“It makes Friday Night Lights look like a cakewalk.” Digg.com
Directed by Diego Contreras.
Created for the filmsaboutnumbers.com series | No. 7
Inspired by the biblical story of Jericho, where the Israelites marched and shouted around the fortified wall of an impenetrable city for 7 days, and 7 times on the 7th day. As the army shouted, the walls collapsed, and they took over the city. The film presents the Trona team doing their powerful chants 7 times as they prepare to go to battle against teams much larger than their own.
I met these kids by happenstance while scouting for a different project down in Trona. It’s been an honor getting to know and hang out with them and the beautiful people of Trona. I’ve been heavily inspired by the coach and his team’s passion, faith, and brotherhood. I hope this film can inspire others as much as they inspired me.
Director: Diego Contreras
Producer: Jens Jacob
Co-Producer: Scott Davis
Director of Photography: Daniel Stewart
Editor / Color Grade: Diego Contreras
Sound Design & Mix: Diego Contreras
Production Manager: Cara Venter
Gaffer: Keitaro Cloward
Location Audio Mixer: Mathew Williams
Production Company: Sypher Films
Director Representation: Bullitt
Featuring The Trona Sandman:
Coach Curtis Boutte
Asst. Coach Teddy Johnson
Asst. Coach Thomas Lewis
Tyler Boutte, Trevor Boutte, Gunnar Cartmel, Noah Esparza, Malik Evans, Dalton Grady,
Kyle Harrison, Ben Leslie, Julian Martinez, Tyler McLean, Steven Ortiz, Travis Redd,
Anthony Rodriguez, Michael Taylor, Walter Terry & Special Guest Jonathan Souabni
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Saury Armenta, Esteban Contreras, Brandy Boutte, Charity Boutte
Jeffrey Hodgson, Juan Rodriguez