A project we first alerted you early last year when it was announced that it would screen at the Hot Docs Festival in Toronto… Nurse.Fighter.Boy director Charles Officer's follow-up to that film, a feature-length documentary titled Mighty Jerome.
Mighty Jerome documents the rise, fall and redemption of Harry Jerome – the Canadia track and field star and one of that country's greatest athletes.
This production utilizes monochrome film imagery, interviews and rare archival footage to tell the compelling story of what Jerome’s coach, the legendary Bill Bowerman, called "the greatest comeback in track and field history."
The film is produced by Selwyn Jacob, supported by the National Film Board of Canada.
Mighty Jerome also features an Original Soundtrack by composer Schaun Tozer.
I just learned that it screened last night in Montreal, kicking off a month-long program titled FADE TO BLACK, in celebration of Black History Month, in collaboration with the International Black Film Festival of Montreal.
Other films in the lineup include titles we've covered on S&A like the slavery time travel comedy Case Départ, Desert Flower (on the life of Somalian model Waris Dirie), and ski comedy La Première Étoile (a film that if I recall correctly, Chris Rock optioned the American remake rights to).
Screenings are taking place at NFB Cinema (1564 St-Denis, Montreal).
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Check out the trailer for Mighty Jerome below: