Immaculata University Magazine - Spring 2011 - page 103

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imilarly,
The Mighty Macs
isn’t just about
basketball, it’s about the equality of dreams
and how a young coach would not only
unite people from different faiths, but also
change a generation of young women.
As a screenwriter, I needed to go through an
evaluation process to determine, “what is the
film about?” I know the story, but what is the
film? I was looking for several elements—great
lead character, depth of supporting characters,
obstacles faced, the impact the head coach had
on her players, the social effects of the story, and
most importantly—how does it end?
When I say, “how does it end?” the obvious an-
swer is “they win!” But, quite frankly, I was more
interested in what happened to these girls/this
team after their playing days were over. More
specifically, “what was the immortality of Cathy
Rush’s influence?” I was happy to discover that
the impact the coach had on her players allowed
them to succeed beyond their playing days.
Some went on to be doctors. Several went on to
coach basketball in college and in the WNBA
– namely, Theresa Grentz, Rene Portland and
Marianne Stanley.
All the ingredients were there. And now it was
up to me and my team to re-create one of the
greatest underdog stories in sports history.
Tim Chambers
Producer, Director, and Writer
“The Mighty Macs”
P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y o f T I M C H A M B E R S
If you examine the history of
inspirational sports movies, you will
conclude that the most successful films
in this genre typically use sport as a
metaphor.
Miracle
wasn’t just about
hockey, it was about the Cold War.
Remember the Titans
wasn’t just about
football, it was about race relations.
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