MURDERBALL - The Movie
MURDERBALL, a film by Dana Adam Shapiro, Jeff Mandel and Henry Alex Rubin, produced and distributed by THINKFilm will make its World Premiere in the documentary competition at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
Like any good sports story, MURDERBALL features fierce rivalry, stopwatch suspense, dazzling athletic prowess, larger-than-life personalities, and triumph over daunting odds. But Murderball is played by tough, driven, and highly competitive quadriplegics in wheelchairs. MURDERBALL is the story of a sport like no other, played by men who see the world from a different angle.
Quad rugby players have suffered injuries that have left them with limited function in all four limbs. By car wreck, gunshot, rogue bacteria, fall from a height, polio, hypothermia, or any of an endless array of possible misadventures, quad rugby's young men have found their lives dramatically altered and constrained. In their struggle to overcome these constraints, they have taken up "Murderball," a sport that is at once surprisingly like, yet completely different from all others.
MURDERBALL is the story of the US Paralympic Rugby team and its Captain, Mark Zupan, as well as Joe Soares, one-time US star, now coach of Team Canada and a pariah to his fellow teammates. Sure, MURDERBALL is about a bitter rivalry on-and-off the court. But this tale is also about a group of player's unlike any ever put on screen. Watching these men in action both on-court and off reverses every preconception one has ever had about the handicapped. It also redefines what it is to be a man, what it is to live a full life, and what it is to be a winner.