*** 9/14/2013 *** - Teresa Tourville becomes the first Executive Producer of "It Hurts To Win," with her donation of $5,000.00.
**UPDATE 9/1/2013 - Please check out this article/interview about "It Hurts To Win," and Boston University Wrestling, in wrestling's nationally renowned publication InterMat - Documentary to capture BU's final wrestling season
** 9/2/2013 - Boston Magazine - Documentary Will Investigate BU’s Choice to Cut the Varsity Wrestling Program
** 9/2/2013 - The Examiner - Filmmakers seek funds to tell story of Boston University eliminating wrestling
**9/10/2013 - The Daily Free Press - New documentary to tell story of final BU wrestling season
**9/12/2013 - Boston.com - Filmmakers to shoot documentary of BU wrestling's 45th and final season
"It Hurts To Win" is the story of the final season of the Boston University wrestling program. After being unexpectedly dropped at the end of the 2012-2013 season, the Terriers were given one final year (2013-2014) to compete and represent the university. This film will document the season, the wrestlers, the coaches, and the local wrestling community. Additionally, the film will also attempt to further investigate why the men’s wrestling program was so unexpectedly and unceremoniously dropped.
Our hope is that the audience will leave the film with a better understanding of who is affected when a collegiate athletics program is cut, and the emotional toll it takes on all of the individuals involved. Especially with a sport like wrestling, the loss of a program is much more than a small brief in the sports section; it’s the loss of a passion. It is also our hope to convey that at the base of everything, this is an emotional story of loss, betrayal and perseverance in the face of adversity – which are all very relatable to the lives of most people.
Michael Abelson graduated in May 2013 from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in journalism. A lifelong wrestling fan, Michael has written for publications in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire including ESPN Boston, Eagle-Tribune and the New Hampshire Union Leader.
Brandon Lavoie attends Emerson College where he is currently earning a degree in film production, with focuses in directing and cinematography. Brandon was a member of the production crew at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and has assisted on many student and professional film sets, including the short film “Caleb,” the “Black & White Tribeca Interview Series,” and “Key Ingredients,” a film-inspired cooking event hosted by The Food Network in conjunction with Tribeca Film.
Brandon’s knowledge of film production, direction, and camerawork will compliment Michael’s expertise and experience with collegiate athletics and his ability to ask meaningful questions in important interviews. As a team, we not only believe that we can succeed in this task and make this film, but that we can do it in the most compelling way possible.
After careful consideration we have crafted a budget of $25,000.00, which we believe will allow us to efficiently and effectively make this film.
What’s The Money For?
The $25,000.00 we are trying to raise will be used for 4 areas of production.
1.) Travelling Expenses – In order to follow the team throughout their season, it is necessary for us to travel with them. Our travelling expenses will cover: flights, hotels, meals, car rentals, gas, taxi’s, subways, etc.
2.) Production Equipment – We would like to tell this story as well as we possibly can. To do so, not only does our content need to be sound, so does our production. For example, the video we shot for this page was done on a camera that shoots in standard resolution (720p). We will need to shoot the actual film with two, high definition (1080p) Canon DSLR cameras. In addition to the two cameras we will need microphones, lights, a Steadicam, tripods, hard drives, memory cards, batteries, etc.
3.) Post Production – Brandon’s current enrollment in Emerson’s film school presents the opportunity to work with other students in post production who will be willing to assist with the editing process for a film credit. We have additionally budgeted for the possibility that we may need some post production assistance.
4.) Festival Submissions – When all is said and done, we want to get Boston University wrestling’s story out there. The best way for us to go about this will be to submit their story to Film Festivals.
If We Don’t Reach Our Goal
If we do not reach our goal of $25,000.00, we are still adamant about telling this story. Though we may need to adjust our budget we are determined to get this story out there.
Other Ways You Can Help
We understand that some people may not be able to contribute financially. Another way you can help us make this project a reality is to spread the word! Word of mouth is a powerful tool, and when supplemented by the sharing power of the Internet’s social media… there are no limits for this campaign. Whether you are contributing financially or not, please share this link with everyone you know. Just like every dollar counts, so does every social media share.
FYIMichael and Brandon are in no way affiliated with Boston University, Boston University Athletics, or Boston University Wrestling. The money we raise for this project will only go to the project. We are simply trying to tell this story as well as we possibly can for the team, for the coaches, and ultimately, for Boston University.
Please feel free to contact us via email at ItHurtsToWinFilm@gmail.com
And please follow us on twitter @ItHurts2WinFilm
Michael Abelson & Brandon Lavoie