About the Film

WRESTLE is an intimate and nuanced documentary that follows the wrestling team at JO Johnson High School in Huntsville, which has been on Alabama's failing schools list for many years. 


As they fight their way towards the State Championship and the doors they hope it will open, wrestlers Jailen, Jamario, Teague, and Jaquan each face injustices and challenges on and off the mat. Together they grapple with obstacles that jeopardize their success, and their coach - coming to terms with his own past conflicts - pushes them forward while unwittingly wading into the complexities of class and race in the South.


Through it all, the young heroes of WRESTLE - with humor and grit - strive towards their goals, making WRESTLE an inspiring coming of age journey and an impassioned depiction of growing up disadvantaged in America today.

FILMMAKING TEAM

FIREFLY THEATER & FILMS and EXHIBIT A present "WRESTLE" // 

JAILEN YOUNG JAMARIO ROWE JAQUAN RHODES TEAGUE BERRES and CHRIS SCRIBNER // 

Music by DAVID WINGO and GRAHAM LEBRON // Associate Editor BLAIR MCCLENDON // Edited by PABLO PROENZA // 

Director of Photography SINISA KUKIC // Consulting Producer SAM POLLARD // 

Executive Producers MICHELINE LEVINE STEVEN STREIT WALKER DEIBEL CHAD TROUTWINE // 

Produced by LAUREN BELFER STEVEN KLEIN SETH GORDON MARY ROHLICH SUZANNAH HERBERT 

// Written by LAUREN BELFER SUZANNAH HERBERT PABLO PROENZA // 

Co-Directed by LAUREN BELFER // 

Directed By SUZANNAH HERBERT

NEWS AND REVIEWS

Upcoming Screenings

Nov 28

Bahamas International Film Festival

11:00 AM

Galleria Cinema Marathon Mall Screen A

+ Event Details

Nov 28

Bahamas International Film Festival

11:00 AM

Galleria Cinema Marathon Mall Screen A

Dec 1

Bahamas International Film Festival

1:00 PM

Galleria Cinema Marathon Mall Screen B

+ Event Details

Dec 1

Bahamas International Film Festival

1:00 PM

Galleria Cinema Marathon Mall Screen B

Festivals

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

included in the SF Launch Program

ROOFTOP FILMS

TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL

SIDEWALK FILM FESTIVAL

awarded Best Alabama Film and Jailen Young was awarded the Spirit of Sidewalk

BALTIMORE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL

special Jury mention for Best Documentary Editing, Pablo Proenza 

NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

HOT SPRINGS FILM FESTIVAL

awarded Best Sports Documentary and the Hot Springs Audience Award

MILWAUKEE FILM FESTIVAL

INDIE MEMPHIS FILM FESTIVAL

awarded the Ron Tibbet Award of Excellence in Filmmakers and 

the Documentary Features Audience Award

DENVER FILM FESTIVAL

awarded the Maysles Brothers Documentary Award

EAST LANSING FILM FESTIVAL

BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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