Locker Room Talk

OVERVIEW

Locker Room Talk” is a documentary that follows the Kingston Tigers high school football team through two interwoven journeys: their journey to the championship and their journey to redefine what it means to be men. Through the power of storytelling, the players break down the cultural expectations of masculinity and are ultimately able to share deeply personal stories about love, loss, and triumph. Whether or not the Tigers win the season, they have already won something much more important: they have radically changed the way they view women and themselves.

GOAL

The goal of “Locker Room Talk” is to inspire men and boys to break free of the narrow constraints of male socialization and to empower them to speak up in the face of violence against women. The stories, vulnerability, and bravery of the young men featured in the film will inspire change in other students, teams, and adults, making the world a freer and safer place for us all. 

CAST

TONY PORTER
Tony Porter is an author, educator, and activist working to advance gender and racial justice and create a more equitable society. Porter is internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting a healthy, respectful manhood. He is a leading voice on issues of manhood, male socialization, and preventing violence against all women and girls. Porter’s 2010 TED Talk has been named by GQ Magazine as one of the “Top 10 TED Talks Every Man Should See.”

COACH COLLINS
For over 25 years, Coach Jeramie Collins has been dedicated to coaching high school sports, not only so his team can win, but also so he can serve as a positive role model for young men, ensuring each player developed character, on and off the field.

EVA TENUTO
Eva Tenuto is the co-founder and executive director of TMI Project. Since 2010, she has brought TMI Project from her living room to a host of performance spaces, schools, detention centers, mental health facilities and the United Nations. Eva is the editor and director of multiple solo shows, one of which was awarded Best Comedic Script of 2014 in the United Solo Festival. In 2018, her award-winning directorial film debut, Vicarious Resilience, a docu short, celebrated its world premiere at The Woodstock Film Festival. Eva’s own true stories have been published on Longreads.com and in numerous anthologies.

SARI BOTTON
Sari Botton is a writer and editor living in Kingston, NY. She is a contributing editor at Catapult, and the former Essays Editor for Longreads. She edited the anthologies Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving & Leaving NY and Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for NY. She teaches creative nonfiction at Wilkes University, Catapult and Bay Path University. Her memoir-in-essays, And You May Find Yourself… will be published by Heliotrope in June, 2022.

PRODUCTION CREDITS

TMI PROJECT AND A CALL TO MEN PRESENT A PRODUCTION POWERED BYSTOCKADE WORKS APPRENTICES

PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY
Beth Davenport

CO-PRODUCERS
Chris Rahm, Devin Pickering, Kashka Glowacka

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Chris Rahm, Devin Pickering

COMPOSER/SOUND MIX
Benjamin Horn @ House of Love Studio

EDITOR
Chris Rahm

ADDITIONAL CAMERA
Chris Nostrand, Francesco Cordaro, Sarah Carlson

SOUND RECORDISTS
Chris Heitzman, Carl Welden

ASSISTANT EDITORS
Brian Barney, Kashka Glowacka

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Anthony Agbofoati

FEATURED INTERVIEWS
Mark Herzlich, Jonathan Stewart, Curtis Martin

STUDENT PERFORMERS
Chapman Parker, Edward Hillje, Gabriel Baldizzi, Hayden Barley, Kevin Collins, Matthew Amato, Manner Mejias

SPECIAL THANKS
Amy Kapes, Cathy Sifre, Coach Jeremy Collins, Dietz Stadium, Jeff Roda, Julie Novak, Kingston High School, Kyra Greweling, Lauren McPadden, Lisa Ferrnate, Marianne Murray, Marlene Wood, Maureen Bowers, Rennie Scott Childress, Rich Rowley, Ryan Amador, All of the students and staff of the Kingston High School who participated in the workshops

ADDITIONAL MUSIC PROVIDED BY
7:42 AM – Hotel Neon
Wash Me Clean – A Boy and His Kite
Eyes See Nothing – Young Oceans

THIS FILM WAS MADE POSSIBLE WITH THE SUPPORT OF
NoVo Foundation, Carve for a Cause

PARTNERS

Our ongoing collaboration with the nationally acclaimed TMI Project is rooted in the belief that when boys and men are given spaces to unlearn male socialization and share their full selves, it creates a foundational shift in their relationships with each other, with women, and with the rest of the world.