Breaking News – Showtime Sports Documentary Films Presents “Boys in Blue” Directed and Produced by Emmy Award-Winning Filmmaker Peter Berg
SHOWTIME(R) SPORTS DOCUMENTARY FILMS PRESENTS “BOYS IN BLUE,” DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY EMMY(R) AWARD-WINNING FILMAST PETER BERG
The docuseries follows the high school football team coached by police officers in North Minneapolis following the police killing of George Floyd
Four-part series premieres Friday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
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NEW YORK – November 17, 2022 – SHOWTIME Sports Documentary Films has announced BOYS IN BLUE, a four-part docuseries from Emmy-winning filmmaker Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Lone Survivor) that shines a light on North Community High School and his football team in North Minneapolis during the 2021 season as players come of age following the police killing of George Floyd. The series airs Friday, January 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and episodes will air every Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PT. All four episodes will also premiere on demand and on streaming platforms for SHOWTIME subscribers on January 6. To watch and share the trailer, visit:
BOYS IN BLUE centers on North High School’s Polars football team, where most black student-athletes are coached and mentored by members of the Minneapolis Police Department. The series follows the team as they navigate life after the tragic police killing of Floyd, a landmark event in American history that sparked a national movement for social justice and police reform. Despite their differences, the officers and students find common ground on the field and kinship in the drive to win a state championship, establishing what they believe will be a refuge from violence and civil unrest in their community. As players and coaches return to the pitch with visions of Championship glory, their sense of normalcy and optimism are tested like never before.
“Having lived in Minneapolis/St. Paul, I couldn’t reconcile the city I loved so much with the horrific murder of George Floyd, and I felt compelled to find a way to respond personally,” Berg said. “Spending a year with the North High Football team gave me access to the soul of a beautiful American community that was hurting deeply. We captured the wins and losses, on and off the field. So many trusted teachers, coaches, parents and students, all living in the immediate aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, and the complexities of trying to survive and find joy in very difficult times. love and respect for the Minneapolis North community and it is my hope that through BOYS IN BLUE we can have a new understanding of these issues and find paths to empathy and hope.”
An acclaimed director, producer, screenwriter and actor, Berg is also the founder of scripted entertainment production company, Film 44, and co-founder of unscripted entertainment production company, Film 45, and commercial production company , Film 47. His directing credits include Very Bad Things, Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom, Hancock, Battleship, the WGA-nominated Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon, Patriots Day, Mile 22 and Spenser Confidential. For television, he is widely known for creating and executive producing the television series adaptation Friday Night Lights, The Leftovers, and Ballers, all of which feature Berg’s signature style of multi-dimensional characters, captivating settings, and storytelling. layered plots.
The series is directed by Berg, who also produced through Film 45 with partners Matthew Goldberg and Brandon Carroll, alongside Rob Ford. The series is produced by Mandon Lovett and co-produced by Emily Webster Jackson, Giselle Rodriguez, Ryan Schiavo and Andre Gary.
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