Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank



Year: 2012
Country: USA
Run Time: 102 minutes


In small town America, high-school football is everything. For the players, it provides notoriety and a possible ticket to a bigger world. For the community, it's a source of pride. Filmed in Canton, Ohio, UNDERDOGS focuses on the Knights, a lousy team who've become an easy target for jokes. Just when they begin to give up hope, a new coach arrives, helping the lovable losers see their true potential. At the same time, quarterback Bobby Burkett falls in love with a cheerleader from a rival team, the Vikings. This enrages Vikings' star, John Hanford, a bratty rich kid who has his eye on the same girl. Meanwhile, Bobby's father is waging his own war with Hanford's dad, whose crooked corporation is suing him over an invention he patented. UNDERDOGS ventures deeper than most films in the sports genre. Using football as a backdrop, director Doug Dearth has crafted a heartwarming film. Its message of believing in yourself, no matter the odds, will inspire the underdog in all of us. – E.F.


CIFF37 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Screening @ Akron-Summit County Public Library

Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Recommended for Middle School +

Local Heroes Competition

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Doug Dearth

Doug Dearth, Tom Rooker, Bill Fishman

David Latham

Sean Conaty

Michael Mayhew

Principal Cast
DB Sweeney, William Mapother, Richard Portnow, Logan Huffman, Maddie Hassen

Director Bio
Doug Dearth grew up in Canton, Ohio and moved to Los Angeles, California in the late 90s to pursue a career in film. He began as an assistant to John Cusack, while landing small gigs as an actor himself. In addition, he's worked as a writer, producer, music supervisor, and eventually, director. His documentary "9000 Needles" won the audience award for Best Picture at the Phoenix Film Festival.

Select Filmography
"9000 Needles" (2009) 34th CIFF, UNDERDOGS (2012)

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