Tonight, Mooney vs. Fowle Documents Miami High and Edison Pigskin
The film unapologetically delves into the brutal reality of high school football, where young men were forced to carry the burden of winning on their young, impressionable shoulders. There are depictions of players getting severely injured but being forced back into practice anyway.
There are also scenes where the players receive an earful from a hard-driving coach about how this game would cement their legacies as winners or losers for the rest of their lives. Not much has changed in the ultracompetitive world of South Florida high school football since 1961 (save for the fact that schools are integrated now). However, Mooney vs. Fowle is a captivating time capsule, showing a bygone era in Miami's rich history. March 9 at 7 p.m., Bill Cosford Cinema (1111 Memorial Dr., Coral Gables; 305-284-4861; cosfordcinema.com).