2015 PRESS M-E's 58-GAME STREAK DRAWING ATTENTION
written by Kevin Stevens
Once again, thanks to a billionaire benefactor, it was about more than merely interscholastic athletics Saturday afternoon at Maine-Endwell.
Those present no doubt noticed a crew of individuals toting video equipment, boom mics and the like on the home sideline as the Spartans were busy dispatching Union-Endicott by 37-7 to make it 7-0 this football season and 58-0 since the summer of 2011.
Turns out, not only were they present for game time but also for a good portion of Friday during school hours, at the team’s pasta dinner on the eve of game day, and at the home of coach Matt Gallagher and family beginning early Saturday morning.
Here’s the deal:
It seems Thomas Tull, M-E graduate and shot-caller for Legendary Pictures — as in The "Dark Knight" trilogy, "The Hangover," etc. — has chosen to capture portions of the Spartans’ season on film. According to M-E athletic director Dave Cook, Tull solicited the services of Jonathan Hock, nine-time Emmy Award-winning producer, director, writer and editor,
The plan is something along the lines of a documentary focusing on a program that has won a New York-record 58 consecutive games.
“(Hock) is basically the best in the world, from what Tom says — and Tom probably has a pretty good idea who’s pretty good at film, right?” Gallagher said.
Coach spent a good portion of the Saturday’s game with a camera’s lens several feet from his cheekbones, and shared afterward, “It’s weird, it’s just weird. I could not be a movie star.”
Particulars such as presentation, source/network and publication date for whatever the show becomes is to be determined, though the crew is likely to make at least one more appearance at M-E to secure additional footage.
Hock has directed assorted documentaries for ESPN's Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning “30 For 30” series.