Reason is happy to extend congratulations to Dan Lindsay, who took home an Oscar last night for co-directing Undefeated, winner of the Academy Award for best documentary. The film follows the travails of the Manassas Tigers, an inner-city high school football team that struggles to overcome a legacy of failure and shame with the help of a volunteer coach (read a typical rave review here).
It's great to see Lindsay get such praise and no matter how far he goes, he'll always have a special role in the memory of Reason.tv, where he memorably appears at "guy in grey t-shirt" in our own Battleship Potemkin, the 2008 short parody we called "Where's My Bailout?"
Here's the trailer for Undefeated:
Lindsay's co-director, TJ Martin, created controversy by dropping only the second f-bomb at the Oscars, the fleeting expletive "fucking amazing."
The Wash Post reports:
"That was not the classiest thing in the world," [Martin] added [backstage]. "However, it did come from the heart."…
The other director, Daniel Lindsay, noted that they really wanted to dedicate their award to the people of West Memphis, where the high school football documentary was set. Their speech was cut for time before they were able to do that.
Here's "Where's My Bailout?", which originally aired on October 29, 2008:
For more on "Where's My Bailout?," go here. And for more of Lindsay as an actor check him out in the award-winning short film, Cute Couple, which like the Reason.tv vid, was directed by Courtney Moorehead Balaker. It's a quarter of an hour extremely well-spent, regardless of how much work you've got to do on Monday morning after staying up too late watching the Oscars.