Originally, Ward Serrill set out to make a documentary -- and a short one at that -- about Bill Resler, an avuncular tax professor at the University of Washington who thought he knew enough about basketball to coach the girls' team at Roosevelt High School in Seattle. Never mind that he had no previous experience at such a job, other than teaching his three daughters the game long ago; Resler was just brash enough to believe it was the right part-time job, especially since his idea of offense amounted to little more than calling schoolyard plays and praying the rock went in the hole. Serrill, a maker of do-gooder public-service announcements featuring celeb voice-overs, considered Resler engaging enough to make him art-house famous -- till he met Darnellia Russell, that is, who wound up the star of the team and the star of a movie bound up in not just the X's and O's of winning and losing but the politics of race,... More >>>
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Kindly Bill Resler commands his team to "Draw blood!"