Friday, March 4, 2011

Destination of the Day: 'We are Marshall', filmed in Huntington, WV

Destination 5 in the series "Ready for my close-up

Critics had strong reactions to this film about one of the biggest tragedies in college sports.  Some found Matthew McConaughey's acting inspiring while others were wondering how yet again he earned an acting job.   

The film premiered at the Keith-Albee Theatre (now Performing Arts Center) in downtown Huntington.  The complex now appears to be managed by Marshall University and is the venue for touring productions (soon: Spring Awaking).  

Plot (from Rotten Tomatoes): Based on true events, "We Are Marshall" tells an inspiring story of how a small town in West Virginia, steeped in the rich tradition of college football, struggled to restore their community after one of the worst disasters in the history of American sports. For decades, players, coaches, fans and families came together in Huntington to cheer on Marshall University's "Thundering Herd." For this team and this community, Marshall football was more than just a sport, it was a way of life. But on a fateful night in 1970, while traveling back to Huntington after a game in North Carolina, 37 members of Marshall's football team, plus coaching staff and team boosters, were killed in a plane crash. As those left behind tried to cope with the loss of their loved ones, they found hope and strength in the leadership of Jack Lengyel, a young coach who was determined to rebuild Marshall's football program and in the process help to heal a community.

We are Marshall Trailer-

Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center
925 4th Avenue
Huntington, WV  25755

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