"The Long Game"
Co-written and directed by Austin-based filmmaker Julio Quintana, the fact-based sports drama The Long Game recalls how a group of Del Rio Mexican-American high school students overcame prejudice and broke the class barrier to win the 1957 Texas State High School Golf Championship. The Long Game stars Magnum’s Jay Hernandez as World War II veteran JB Peña, the San Felipe School District superintendent who establishes the local high school’s golf team after being denied membership to the all-white Del Rio Country Club. Peña recruits his army buddy, golf pro Frank Mitchell (Dennis Quaid) as his assistant coach. They work quickly to refine the golfing skills of the students on the team—led by the stubborn and defiant Joe Trevino (Julian Works)—who all caddy at the country club but are denied the opportunity to play on the course recreationally or competitively because of their Mexican heritage. In their long-shot bid to win the state championship, the hastily assembled Mustangs must confront the racism they encounter on and off the golf course. The Long Game screens during this year’s SXSW Film & TV Festival at 11:45 a.m. March 12 at the Paramount Theatre and 5:45 p.m. March 15 at the Rollins Theatre at the Long Center. Austin-based filmmaker Julio Quintana previously directed The Vessel and Blue Miracle, the fact-based fishing tournament underdog family film which also starred Dennis Quaid.
Aired: March 7, 2023