'Six Man Texas' Documents Small Town America's Struggle with Shrinking Population While Following Six Man Football

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"Six man Texas", is World Premiering at AFI Dallas March 29th and again on April 5th. Six Man Texas is a film about the struggle of rural communities to keep their tiny schools open and to keep playing their unique "Six Man" version of football.

NEVERTOOLATE Films and Visual Vagos are pleased to announce the world Premiere of the documentary film Six Man, Texas, a story of the real Friday night lights. Six Man, Texas is a film about the struggle of rural communities to keep their tiny schools open and to keep playing their unique "Six Man" version of football. The film will play on two consecutive Saturdays, the world Premiere on March 29th and a second screening on April 5th.

NEVERTOOLATE Films chronicled many small public schools with Six Man teams throughout Texas from 2000 through 2003. The filmmakers then re-visited the 2000 Aquilla team in the summer of 2005, five years after their Cinderella season. They also filmed the last graduation of Three Way School in 2002 before it closed after serving the surrounding South Plains communities since 1947.

Many rural schools throughout Texas have fallen below student populations needed to reasonably support a public school. However, without the school as a vital community center and without the game as a socially unifying force, the town would eventually disappear. For many communities, simply keeping the school open and finding enough students for the game is an annual struggle.

"We focused on public schools because they are such a critical part of small town culture," said Alan Barber, Six Man, Texas Producer and Director. "At one time in America, public schools were the vibrant backbone of the educational system. In Six Man towns they still are."

Although many similarities exist among more than 120 Texas public high schools that play Six Man football, the film highlights the story of two schools as metaphors for shrinking rural economies. "The similarities seem to create a community of towns united by their common priorities, the school and a passionate commitment to their children." It is as if there exists a state within a state, the state of Six Man, Texas.

For additional information and ticket availability see Six Man Texas
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