A feature-length documentary following two East Valley teams through a Special Olympics basketball tournament premiered Friday in Chandler.
"Brave in the Attempt," which takes its name from a line in the oath taken by all Special Olympics athletes, premiered Friday at Madstone Theaters, and follows two basketball teams supported by the Mesa Association of Sports for the Disabled as they compete in a tournament played in Mesa last year.
A disabilities-awareness fair will be noon to 4 p.m. today in the parking lot of the theater, 5835 W. Ray Road, with an art gallery and information booths. A questionand-answer session with the filmmakers is planned after the 7 p.m. show.
The movie is the first theatrical release by Lawrence Porter and his partner and fiancee, Kim Alexander, who live in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. The film includes segments about the 15 players, their families and lives, and tournament footage.
Each of the families has a videotape copy of the movie. Ryan Larcey, who is 23 and has Down syndrome, said he most
enjoyed watching himself playing basketball, because "I like seeing myself shooting a basket."
"Brave in the Attempt" will play at least through Thursday and the engagement could be extended a week, depending on attendance.
It will be shown at another Madstone theater in Atlanta next month and may go on to others throughout the country.
Alexander and Porter plan to donate 30 percent of the movie’s profits to the Mesa organization.
One of the association’s founders, Gregg Baumgarten of Mesa, said he has only seen parts of the film, but was pleased to see a well-rounded portrait of the athletes.
"They work and pay taxes just like everyone else, and it’s important that people realize that," he said.