Get ready to get to know Jailen, Jamario, Teague and Jaquan ... four high school wrestlers from Huntsville, Alabama whose stories on and off the mat are the focus of a brand-new documentary titled "Wrestle" which debuted in New York City this weekend and will open in theaters in a number of major U.S. cities the next two months.
Here's how the official website for "Wrestle" describes the film: "'Hoop Dreams' goes to the mat in this intimate, coming-of-age documentary about four members of a high-school wrestling team at Huntsville's J.O. Johnson High School ..."
"Coached by teacher Chris Scribner, teammates Jailen, Jamario, Teague, and Jaquan each face challenges far beyond a shot at the State Championship: splintered family lives, drug use, teenage pregnancy, mental health struggles, and run-ins with the law threaten to derail their success on the mat and lock any doors that could otherwise open."
A two-minute video trailer for "Wrestle" is available for viewing online at the film's website.
The documentary is now playing in New York City at Village East Cinema. Among the cities which will be showing "Wrestle" in theaters in the next couple weeks include Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Oklahoma City and Huntsville. A complete list of dates and cities through April is available on the movie's website.
Want to know more? Read a review of "Wrestle" from the daily entertainment publication Variety ... The Hollywood Reporter ... and from The New York Times.