Starring Franklin High School graduate and Williamson County resident Allee-Sutton Hethcoat as the coach, the story is aimed at teens and presents five different storylines all relevant to teen life today.
Next month, “Remember the Goal” will open in theaters, and you may recognize a few familiar locations and faces from Williamson County.
The movie opens in theaters on Aug. 26 and is the first feature film made about a girls cross country team. It was filmed almost entirely in Brentwood and Franklin, and the entire cast and crew is from the Nashville area. The story follows a new female coach, fresh out of college, who takes over a cross country program at a private Christian school and attempts to lead them to a state title.
Starring Franklin High School graduate and Williamson County resident Allee-Sutton Hethcoat as the coach, the story is aimed at teens and presents five different storylines all relevant to teen life today. Each of the top five runners on the team find themselves involved in different situations and get some much needed guidance from Hethcoat’s character.
“I had the greatest time working alongside the other actresses in the film,” Hethcoat said. “We worked 12 hours a day together every day for about three months in the summer. The heat and the hours could have meant a really tough experience, but getting to enjoy bonding with the girls and becoming like a family made the experience the wonderful thing it was. I loved being able to be like a big sister to the girls. I love them all dearly and think that people that go and see the film will, as well.”
Issues presented include how to help a friend struggling with drug abuse, low self-image, trouble with a mother-daughter relationship, the pain of coming from a divorced home and a boyfriend-girlfriend conflict.
“The most important thing about our movie is that it was made to help inspire and uplift our audience,” Hethcoat said. “I’m really honored that I was able to be a part of creating content that aims to serve the greater good. I hope that is what we are able to do with ‘Remember the Goal.'”
The movie has advice for adults, as well, and will make parents think about they way they address their children and what should be a priority in life. There is also a word for coaches, as it will make them consider changing the way they lead their teams, with this particular principle applying to any sport.
“I was really excited to be part of a sports film, especially one centered around cross country,” Hethcoat said. “I’ve never been able to be a part of anything like that as an actor but grew up going to my brother’s cross country and track meets, and I was excited to step into that world for this project.”
The film is set to open in theaters across 10 southeastern states from Texas to North Carolina on Aug. 26, just as cross country season begins. The movie will be in theaters only, and will not be released on DVD, VOD, Netflix or TV.
“I think people should come see the film because it has something to offer to any viewer,” Hethcoat said. “The plot explores sports, family, faith, dating, life as a teenager … it’s an uplifting, family film.”
Produced by Dave Christiano, “Remember the Goal” also stars Quinn Alexis, Jayla Palmer, Sydney Marks, McKensie Miller and Margaret Tant.
Christiano said he mostly wants to reach teens with the movie’s many messages.
“For one, every person is valuable and I want them to know how much,” he said. “There is a crucial scene in the movie which gets this message across and if a person will receive it, it should eliminate any self image problem.”
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Samantha Hearn reports for Home Page Media Group. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @samanthahearn.