1930's Sports Story "Giant Killers" Starts Pre-Production in Portland, Oregon

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Phil Bransom Productions, LLC has announced pre-production for the feature film, "Giant Killers". Based on a true story, "Giant Killers" is set during the Great Depression and will be filmed in the community of Bellfountain, Oregon.

Phil Bransom Productions, LLC, producer of two feature films, has started pre-production on the feature film, "Giant Killers". Filming is scheduled to begin in early 2011 once final casting and location scouting are finalized. Scheduled release will be early 2012.

Phil Bransom, Producer/Director explains, "Giant Killers is the greatest sports story never told. It is 'Hoosiers' set 15 years earlier during the Great Depression and against greater odds"

"If you’ve been in Oregon a while, you’ve probably heard about arguably the most phenomenal basketball team in the history of the state, tiny Bellfountain High. In 1937, David smote Goliath in Oregon’s version of the movie 'Hoosiers.' Back then, all basketball teams competed in the same division. Bellfountain, a school of 27 total students, beat Franklin of Portland (2,100 students) in the state semifinals, then beat Lincoln of Portland (1,728 students) for the championship," Bob Welch, Register Guard. "The odds are simply unimaginable. It’d be like some Kidsports running back going 80 yards against Oregon’s defense."

The script is completed and was co-written by Bransom and Steve Coker, Producer/Director at Chambers Productions.

Phil Bransom has produced two feature films. "Train Master" played on Starz Network and is currently distributed through Netflix, Blockbuster, iTunes, Amazon and other online outlets. It won several awards and was given the Dove Foundation Seal of Approval. "Train Master II: Jeremiah's Treasure" has been submitted to several film festivals and will be released in 2011.
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Bransom was an All-American in track at the University of Oregon and was the Pac-10 Intermediate Hurdles Champion in 1979. He holds the 7th fastest time in the 400 meter hurdles and the 6th fastest time in the 110 meter high hurdles in school history. "I was blessed to have Bill Dellinger as a coach and the opportunity to spend time with Bill Bowerman. Both men made a positive influence in my life."

Being a native Oregonian, born in Medford, Bransom has deep roots in Oregon sports. "I am excited to produce this story about arguably the greatest sports feat in Oregon history"

Harry Wallace is the last surviving member of the 1937 State Championship team. He is 95 and living in a retirement home in Corvallis. "Ideally, I'd love for this film to be completed for Harry to see", said Bransom after returning from a visit and interview with the original "Giant Killer".

"As far as I know, this was the first time the term "Giant Killers" was used by the media to describe a sports team" Bransom continued.

The town of Bellfountain was a thriving community during the early part of the century but now is comprised of the original school and gym, the local church and the active saw mill that many family members worked at. The gymnasium is still in use and stands as a moment in time when 8 young boys tossed around a leather ball.

Discussions are in the the works with the Oregon Production Investment Fund's Executive Director, Vince Porter. Their incentive programs rebate 20% of the Oregon-based goods and services, and an additional cash payment of up to 16.2% of wages paid to production personnel.

Phil Bransom Productions, LLC has produced for Bowflex, PBS, Nickelodeon Channel, Nabisco Foods, ESPN and other outlets. Phil Bransom is an approved producer for PBS out of Arlington, Virginia.

Phil Bransom Productions, LLC
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