Davis County to treat at-risk kids to Sundance football documentary

Monday , December 29, 2014 - 3:19 PM

Standard-Examiner staff

FARMINGTON — The Davis County Commission is hoping tickets to the Sundance Film Festival premier of “In Football We Trust” may help prevent some at-risk teens from joining gangs.

The commission has agreed to make $1,000 donation to the Utah Film Center, which will determine how the tickets will be distributed for the film, officials said.

The 87-minute American documentary, showing at 7 p.m., Jan. 23 at the Grand Theatre in Salt Lake City, follows the story of four young Polynesian football players struggling to overcome gang violence and poverty as they enter the high-stakes world of recruiting, competitive athletics and family pressures.

The money to purchase the tickets will come from funds generated by the county’s annual Davis County Commissioner’s Cup, a golf tournament held each August. Davis County interim Community and Economic Development Director Marlin Eldred said it is a proper use of the funds..

The film is specifically geared for Polynesian athletes, Eldred said, but officials are hoping the film can also open dialogue as part of a community outreach with any teen who might be considering entering what he refers to as “the darker side of life.”

“Through this movie they want to open the dialogue with the Polynesian athlete,” Eldred said.

But Davis County leaders see much more in the film, and in addition to making the movie tickets available to the Polynesian athlete, it is also hoping to reach other teens facing similar pressures.

“We’re paying for it with the hope that these students re-steer their lives,” Eldred said.

By providing the students with tickets to the film premiere, Eldred said, they are also hoping the students develop some type of camaraderie among one another.

“This is really about helping these young men,” Davis County Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said.

The county hopes it will be able to show the film again in June at the Ed Kenley Amphitheater as part of the All-Poly Camp being held at Ellison Park in Layton in 2015, officials said.

“It’s a good outreach program for the Polynesian youth in our community,” Davis County tourism director Randy Cook said.

Contact reporter Bryon Saxton at 801-625-4244 or bsaxton@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @BryonSaxton.

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