VHS Football Documentary Picked For Festival


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1966Team-75scoreOnce, there was a group of Verona High School football players that experienced 32 losses in a row, the most ever by a New Jersey high school football team. From their sophomore year, which started just after Verona won three state championships in a row, it was just defeat after defeat. The worst loss of them all was a 75-0 crushing by Madison High School in October 1966.

Last year, two of the former players on that team created a documentary about that loss, and the larger issues of winning and losing in high school sports. 75-0: The Documentary was screened at the Yogi Berra Museum and in Verona, and now it has been chosen as one of the finalists in the New Jersey International Film Festival at Rutgers University. It will be screened in New Brunswick on Sunday, October 4.

The 7 p.m. screening will be held in Voorhees Hall. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $9 for students and seniors and $8 for Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends. You can buy tickets at the door or through PayPal. (See the General Information page of the film festival’s Web site for details.)

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“In the bad times in your life,” filmmaker (and team player) Jay Curtis said last year, “you can say, ‘this is bad, but we’re not losing 75-nothing’.”

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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