There is a wacky sports-related movie coming out called, SEPTIEN, a film that seems destined to go down as one of the most eccentric and unusual sports movies of all time! The title of the film is actually an obscure reference to Rafael Septien, the scandal-plagued place kicker who played in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys from the late 70's through the mid 80's.
SEPTIEN -- written, directed and starring triple threat Michael Tully and based on an idea by David Gordon Green -- centers on a former star athlete named Cornelius who suddenly returns to the family farm after vanishing from high school 18 years ago.
Upon his return, it becomes evident that Cornelius is not the person he once was - he spends his days as a reclusive sports hustler, challenging strangers to one-on-one pick-up games of basketball, tennis and even horseshoes. This mysterious and often hilarious film -- which was a big hit at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and drew rave reviews from the likes of Manohla Dargis at the New York Times - is a hero tale gone wrong as it explores why Cornelius disappeared and what happens to star athletes after their playing days are over.
SEPTIEN also culminates in one of the most bizarre football scenes in movie history.
Septien was indicted by a grand jury January 1987 on a charge of mishandling a minor. He pleaded guilty to a charge of indecency in an agreement with prosecutors that brought him a sentence of 10 years' deferred probation and a $2,000 fine - and he never played in the NFL again. To writer-director-star Michael Tully, the word "Septien" captures that nostalgia we feel towards our boyhood sports idols and the disillusionment we experience when we find out our heroes are not the people we thought them to be.
SEPTIEN comes out theatrically in select cities next week and is available nationwide on video-on-demand.