THE GREEN MOUNTAIN UPSET to Premiere in Middlebury, Home of the Tigers, 3/28
Middlebury, VT -- They were the boys who shook the Green Mountains.
In 1983, a scruffy collection of Middlebury Union High School Tigers found improbable magic each time their Converse All Stars touched the court and kept climbing a remarkable ladder of perfection. From nowhere to dethroning the state's two-time defending champs at the end of a 24-0 season, they became New England high school basketball legends.
The '83 Tigers had no three point line, no YouTube to record each basket, no Twitter to describe every foul. Basketball shorts were-short. It was a different time to become legends.
But now their inspiring story comes alive once more with "The Green Mountain Upset," a new feature-length documentary that includes rare, heart-racing game footage and reflective interviews with the "boys" who went on to build lives from the lessons of unlikely teen triumph.
The film, from executive producer and Middlebury Union '83 graduate Mark Mooney, Jr., premieres Friday, March 28, at 7 p.m., at Middlebury, Vermont's landmark Town Hall Theater. Team members will be celebrated that night at a reception accompanying the screening. A second showing will be held at the Town Hall on March 29, at 7 p.m., to be followed by a national DVD release.
Much of the championship team, coaches, teachers, community, boosters and journalists who covered the season are traveling from around the world for a special reunion at the March 28 premiere.
Like head coach Rollie White's Tigers facing St. Johnsbury Academy for the title, Mooney defied his own odds, funding the project with a successful Kickstarter campaign that ultimately exceeded its target.
The film is directed by Washington-based videographer Nick Hanson.
Mark Mooney, Sr., a teacher and coach at Middlebury Union for more than four decades, served as the film's principle interviewer and assistant director. Mooney Sr. captained his Pittsford High School basketball team to the 1961 Vermont state championship.
Like its story, "The Green Mountain Upset" was proudly "made in Vermont," with "locally sourced" artwork from Hans Schmitter and Joe Bolger; narration by Marshall Eddy; original music by Banjo Dan & The Midnight Plowboys, Deb Brisson & The Hayburners, and The Bengsons; historic photographs from the Addison Independent and Valley Voice; and historic broadcast recordings from WCAX, WVMT and Lou Megyesi.
Tickets for the premier showing at 7 pm, Friday, March 28, which also includes a reception celebrating the team members, are $30. Tickets for the second showing at 7 pm, Saturday, March 29, are $10. All tickets may be purchased at www.townhalltheater.org, 802 382-9222, at the THT Box Office (daily except Sunday, noon-5 pm) and at the door, if available