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12 MIGHTY ORPHANS Triumphs at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival….! 

NEW YORK,NY(SMI-ENTERTAINMENT,06.09.-06.20.21)-The Tribeca Film Festival that it's celebrating its 20th edition concluded this Sunday (June, 20), with another sensational and successful season featuring world-class films from all over the world with outdoor & indoor audience and home streaming screenings for all audiences in New York City.


Starlight illustrated covered this year Festival vitually and reviewed some of the most interesting, educational and entertaining films of the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival.

12 MIGHTY ORPHANS: Category: Drama, Biography, Sports

 CREDITS: Directed by Ty Roberts

Cast:Luke Wilson, Vinessa Shaw, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Wayne Knight, Jake Austin Walker, Lane Garrison, Levi Dylan, Jacob Lofland, Treat Williams, Scott Haze


12 Mighty Orphans is Ty Roberts’s second feature film. Previously, he directed the award-winning film The Iron Orchard. Roberts also produced and directed a variety of documentaries, music videos, short films, and branded content.

"12 Mighty Orphans" is a narrative film based on a true story of a football

team from an orphanage  in Forth Worth, Texas called "The Mighty Mites", who during the Great Depression played without shoes or the sport in general and managed to reach the Texas State championships.With the odd against them and for their great commitment to succeed, they became an inpirations to the state and the nation  in need of a rebound, even getting the attention of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The mastermind of the success was the Rusty Russell, a renowned high school sports coach who stunned his colleagues by rejecting  a great job so he could teach an coach at an orphanage. Recognizing that his skinny players couldn't beat the other teams with brawn, Rusty created new strategies that eventually would  set the new standards to the modern football.

The latest in a long run of youth based, motivational sports movies, ala Remember the Titans, Hoosiers, Rudy, NOT the Bad News Bears, this movie shows how the players went on to success in life. Horrific conditions in our nation at the time of this film allowed for the conditions in their housing. An outsider, skilled with sport comes in and transforms the place and the kids in this orphanage. A drunk of a Doc becomes an ally and helps himself in the bargain. Unskilled, undisciplined, this man is way more than just a coach, but a molder of men excelled. They fall just shy of the pinnacle of success where football is religion and are witness to so much change within themselves. A disaster of a teacher is defeated as well as the doubters and most opponents. From non-players to #2 in the state, an amazing journey for all. The locals and others find a much needed rallying point in the dustbowl to bring themselves together and restore hope, this team delivered.

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