BORN TO LEAD: THE SAL AUNESE STORY
An exhilarating sports documentary film about the first NCAA Samoan quarterback, Sal Aunese, who in 1989, takes a down and out team to the National Title – only not in the way that you may think.
Sal Aunese was the University of Colorado’s star Samoan Quarterback who died of stomach cancer in 1989, and his team promptly dedicated their season to him. It is a rousing story of courage, friendship, and living life against the most brutal of obstacles.
Review by The Geek Watch
During a private screening at the Colorado University south campus I was privileged enough to experience Born to Lead: The Sal Aunese Story, which is about how Sal Aunese changed CU’s football program forever. Let’s break it down.
Biopics of inspiring people can be powerful films. Watching the unlikely genius make it big in the music industry, become a sports legend, or rise from obscurity to take Hollywood by storm can be very fun. The audience can vicariously live through the characters for 2 hours as they accomplish their dreams. Most biopics have similar endings though.
1. The main character overcomes adversity, and makes it big/wins the game…roll credits.
2. The main character makes it big, let’s it all fall apart, and makes a comeback/learns life lessons…roll credits.
Sal Aunese film portrays ups and downs of former CU Buffs QB’s career
There were moments of laughter. Moments that brought cheers.
There also moments that sent tears down cheeks and filled the theater with a chorus of sniffles.
On Saturday night, several Colorado football greats and supporters were on hand at the CU South Denver campus to watch a special screening of “Born to Lead: The Sal Aunese Story.”
“I saw the first run of it in San Diego in December,” former CU receiver Jeff Campbell said. “Seeing it again today, they really did a nice job of helping the viewer see why Sal was born to lead. It was a fantastic film.”
GJ Graduate Produces Sal Aunese Documentary
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 ― George Antonopoulos watch-ed closely as the University of Colorado football team rallied around a fallen teammate to win a national title.
Twenty years later, the Grand Junction High School graduate’s documentary film is on the verge of being released. “I’m riding in a cloud I can’t explain,” Antonopoulos said. “Being from Grand Junction allowed me the opportunity to succeed on a bigger scale.”
The McCartney Connection
Sunday, July 29, 2007 ― A purple LSU pennant stands next to a black-and-gold University of Colorado welcome mat, a symbolic deliverance from one school to another of two names forever linked to CU.
Walk into the house and there’s no doubt where the delivery is going. A nearly life-sized gold LSU tiger greets you inside the front door. Also standing inside the front door is T.C. McCartney.
However, if you’re a longtime fan of Colorado football, standing in front of you is the ghost of Sal Aunese.
7 Sports Exclusive! Sal Aunese Story Going Hollywood?
Monday, October 8, 2007 ― There are still a few details to be worked out, so nothing is official yet, but 7 Sports has learned that Livin Large Productions out of New York is working with C.U. on a feature film called “Sal”.
It’s the story about former Buffs quarterback Sal Aunese.
Sal died of stomach cancer during his senior year in 1989. The team used his memory as motivation to eventually win the national championship. It was one of the most heartwarming college football stories ever.
But it also became known that Sal fathered a child with head coach Bill Mccartney’s daughter Kristy. And that young man, T.C., is now 18 and headed to L.S.U. to play football.
Suicide Anyone? 3 One-Acts by John Patrick
Saturday, October 8, 2005 ― Three rarely-seen one-act plays by John Patrick, the author of The Teahouse of The August Moon and The Hasty Heart, are currently being presented through October 16th at the 45th Street Theatre (354 W. 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). Collectively titled Suicide-Anyone?, they comprise Loyalty, Empathy and Confession.
The show, which runs at 90 minutes, is directed by Jeffrey Davolt and presented by Livin’ Large Productions, LLC, with a cast that includes George Antonopoulos, Victor Barbella, Gregory Patrick Jackson and Lara Anne Slife. The show will be performed under an Equity mini-contract.
Tragic Is Comic in Trio of Obscure John Patrick Plays, Suicide Anyone?
Wednesday, October 5, 2005 ― One of the least funny of human experiences gets comic treatment in a trio of one-acts billed as Suicide, Anyone?, by Pulitzer Prize-winner John Patrick — whose death in 1995 was by his own hand.
Livin’ Large Productions, LLC, presents the works Off-Broadway Oct. 5-16 at the Primary Stages Theatre at 354 W. 45th Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues) in Manhattan.
Jeffrey Davolt directs the lesser-known one-acts by Patrick, who won a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize for his 1954 play The Teahouse of the August Moon, and also penned The Hasty Heart and the popular Everybody Loves Opal.