Fresno, California –A city known as the agricultural hub, where undocumented immigrants, gang violence and poverty are prevalent – it’s an unlikely place to find five Hispanic teens playing the elitist sport of rugby. However, this is the true story about a group of teens who escape the harsh realities of their environment and find solace on the rough rugby field.
This clash of cultures is fused by a spirited, Irish American rugby coach, who gives these teens a purpose to advance from a hard life – working the fields and living in poverty to playing on the field. He teaches them to excel in areas that they never they could – academics, sports and an incredible drive to further their education and explore the world.
These are the Rough Riders from Roosevelt High School
Lobos – forced into early manhood to care for his invalid mother and a houseful of siblings
Joaquin – flamboyant, artistic, but trapped by his own insecurities
Alby – resourceful, irreverent, lives out of his BMW, souped together with scrap car parts
Ricky – balancing his love of learning, romantic interest and the need to work the fields
Ne-Ne – an artistic virtuoso who risks his life by tagging
In the game of Rugby, instead of a touchdown, points are scored with a “TRY.” The odds were stacked against these kids from the get-go in both life and in the game. They learn the life lessons of team sports: camaraderie, responsibility, tenacity. Most importantly though, from the coach and this strange game, the Roosevelt Rough Riders learn that while life never guarantees you a win, you can’t beat the odds unless you TRY.
Who We Are
Nancy Fletcher - ProducerNancy Fletcher possesses an impressive array of in-depth knowledge and expertise in the advertising industry. She has been executive producer on numerous broadcast projects, including ESPN, CBS News, Paramount Television and other commercial advertisers. She has managed the creative departments of several agencies and knows how to spot talent. Several of her former employees are now screenwriters, studio executives and voiceover talent. After 24 years in entertainment advertising, Nancy switched gears to produce school and sports events for her two boys. Nancy works in the wholesale distribution business with her husband and son. TRY will bring her back to the industry where she thrives.
Cindy Ware - ProducerCindy Ware has been involved with movie production for 10 years. She has producer credits for several films, including Til You Get To Baraboo, Hansel and Gretel, and Jesus Awakens The Little Girl, which played at the AOF International Film Festival. She is President of Ware Management and has launched the careers of several newcomers. As a senior executive in the cinema industry she is the head film buyer for Noret Theatres for more than 25 years. Cindy is a respected member of the film community and participates in numerous industry associations and charities.
Ryan RamosRyan Ramos, a Fresno native, has been writing screenplays for several years. He graduated from Fresno State with a BA in English and attended Fresno State’s Master of Fine Arts program for Creative
Writing. His credits include writer and script supervisor for Bigfoot’s Wild Weekend produced by Harmut Entertainment. He was Assistant Director for Fighting Sleep, produced by Renegade Films. When you don’t find Ryan writing, he works as an Analyst for Child Support Services for the county of Fresno.