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Monday, February 27, 2012

"Undefeated" Wins Oscar for Best Documentary Feature

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Last night’s winners for Best Documentary feature "Undefeated," T. J. Martin, Dan Lindsay and Rich Middlemas brought home the Oscar for their emotional, yet uplifting film chronicling the lives of 17 young 2009 Manassas Tigers’ football players. Making T.J. Martin the first African American to win an Oscar for directing a film. Producers included, Rich Middlemas, Seth Gordon, Ed Cunningham, Glen Zipper and Sean “P Diddy” Combs.

"Undefeated" is set in inner-city Memphis and focuses on a heart of a lion football coach, Bill Courtney and three of the Tiger’s main football players Chavis Daniels, Montrail "Money" Brown and O.C. Brown. Each player comes from uniquely different upbringings, but all have the same desire to win. This film takes you on a emotional rollercoaster watching the lives of these young men, cheering not only for them to win on the field but also off the field.

A moving documentary film, "Undefeated" allows audiences to take an ethnographic look into the lives of underprivileged teens and witness how positive thinking and determination can change the course of history.

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 113 minutes


Photo credit: JOEL RYAN AP

Rich Middlemas, T. J. Martin and Daniel Lindsay pose with their Oscars for best documentary feature for their work in "Undefeated" during the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.

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