Nick Saban: Gamechanger (2010)

Nick Saban: Gamechanger

Themselves:
Director:
  • Trey Reynolds
Writer:
  • Grant Guffin
Producer:
  • Grant Guffin
  • Trey Reynolds
Music:
  • James Joseph
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Opened: 08/27/2010 Limited

Theaters08/27/2010

Trailer: Click for trailer

Genre: Documentary

Rated: Unrated

Synopsis

Perhaps no figure in college sports is as loved -- and despised -- as Nick Saban.

The man who led high profile football programs at Michigan State, LSU, and -- most recently -- Alabama from hard times to good times, and the only coach to lead two different college programs to national championships in the modern era, is celebrated by those who value hard work, an unwavering focus, and tenacity; particularly when he stands on their sideline. Those who oppose him do so with venom...and respect.

Gamechanger, an authorized biographical film by Memphis-based Flashlight Media Group, LLC, producers of Defining Moments: The Stories Behind Alabama Football's Greatest Plays, will be released to the public theatrically and on DVD in fall 2010.

In this film, the leader of the reigning BCS national champion, national coach of the year, and subject of a recent Forbes Magazine cover as the Most Powerful Coach in Sports, recounts his days as a child in West Virginia coal mining country, as an assistant in the rough-and-tumble college and NFL coaching ranks, and as a head coach with a hard-earned reputation for turning moribund programs into winners.

Images from Saban's personal archive and interviews with his coaching mentor and current New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, Saban's former players, friends, and other luminaries including Bill Parcells, Joe Namath, Bobby Bowden, Gene Stallings, Jimbo Fisher and West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin will offer unique perspectives on a man who is driven to succeed like few others in any field.

A rare, behind-the-scenes look at Alabama's preparation for the 2010 BCS National Championship Game and upcoming title defense will give viewers a glimpse of the disciplined approach Saban takes to building his programs. Saban will also offer insights on his leadership philosophy and how it developed at various stops in his career.

Gamechanger will be crafted with the highest storytelling and production values possible. As with the Defining Moments: Alabama DVD series, viewers will be taken on an informative, inspiring journey. Those who witness Saban's efforts to overcome the challenges he faces in life will be encouraged to follow his example. Viewers will also form new opinions of Saban as they realize he doesn't necessarily fit the mold created by the media. For the first time, Saban will communicate his story to the public unfiltered.

Gamechanger is a captivating portrait of one of the most influential and polarizing figures in American sport today. Sports fans, pop culture fans and those who appreciate a good human-interest biography will find this film compelling and insightful.