Sweethearts of the Gridiron
When the Kilgore Rangerettes took the field for the first time on September 12, 1940, they made history by changing football halftime entertainment forever. Coined Sweethearts of the Nationís Gridiron by broadcaster and NFL Hall of Fame legend, Red Grange, the Rangerettes were actually founded as a part of a pre-Title IX initiative on the part of Kilgore College President, B. E. Masters. Dr. Mastersí goals were to equalize the male-female student body ration at the college and to encourage women to exercise and participate in sports. He also had the goal of keeping the hard-living oil field roughnecks in their seats during halftime, rather than drinking and brawling under the stands. The Rangerettes, regular Texas college students, star as themselves in director Chip Hale's documentary about the nationís first precision dancing drill team. Started from scratch, the Rangerettes were the brainchild of a fiery little bit of nothing named Gussie Nell Davis. Conceived at first as a way to keep football spectators in the stands during halftime rather than drinking and brawling under them, the Rangerettes changed footballs halftime entertainment forever, and became the model for all precision dance teams in the country. Hale followed the team for a year, and was given unlimited access to a world only the Rangerettes themselves ever get to see. The story he tells is one of passion and determination as he follows five hopefuls during pre-training and tryouts, whose greatest hope is just to become members of the line.
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Festival Screening Date/Time (Daily Schedule)
Saturday, January 30th, 2016 - 6:00 pm - Palace Theatre
BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
FESTIVAL DIRECTOR'S CHOICE
Award Nominees 2016 (2016 List)