a feature film inspired by real events
In the 1920's, Lynchburg, Virginia was one of the largest shoe manufactures and distributors in the world. Ironically, it was also home to the Shoeless Wonders, a team of orphans who became a national legend playing football without shoes for a winning streak of 8 years.
The SHOELESS WONDERS film, inspired by true events, beautifully illustrates that success is not defined by our circumstances. One night after 12 year old BILLY BRANHAM and his little brother arrive at The Home, Billy sneaks out to run away and finds a group of orphan boys secretly playing football. Convinced to join them, Billy discovers his natural gift for the game and soon realizes his knack for football might be his ticket out of the orphanage and into a real family. As both Billy’s comradary with the team and love of the game grows, so does the sense of brotherhood and family among the orphans. Coachless underdogs without real equipment, the boys dream of becoming a real football team and playing in the annual New Year's Eve Football Challenge. Their dream, brotherhood, and the childish sense of "wonder" not only drives them to become the legendary SHOELESS WONDERS but transforms the boys and redefines their understanding of what it means to be family.
Champions the underdog
Explores the magic of childhood "wonder"
Illustrates success is not defined by our circumstances
Encourages letting go of past regrets
Celebrates the true meaning of family
Attracting Top Talent
BREAK OUT ROLE FOR
(Caucasian) 12 Years Old.
Born into rural poverty. Stoic, fearful; taken to the Home where he finds inner-strength to care for himself, his little brother; Discovers his talent for football and leadership (LEAD)
STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER,
(Caucasian) Early 30's.
Survivor of her own hardships; Gentle, kind, House Mother; Her strength, beauty, and tenacity contrast the vulnerability of her past secret. (LEAD)
STRONG AFRICAN AMERICAN CHARACTER, LEAD ROLE
(African American) 60's.
Farm Manager, "unlikely" father figure/mentor turned coach; Secret tragic past; Passion for football.