This isn’t just a sports film.
SCRUM follows the journey of one of the first Black college rugby coaches in the US as he builds a championship-winning team in only two years at a predominantly white Southern institution. It challenges viewers to acknowledge their own privilege and to realize the systemic racism that exists today. This film is a chance to raise awareness—to change the narrative and walk the walk when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
I thought this would be a movie about rugby.
We started filming before the world knew what COVID-19 was; before the horrific death of George Floyd and the widespread protests against police brutality and racism. These events have shifted the dialogue about race and uncovered inequality allowed to function in plain sight.
Frank McKinney and I have been close friends for over 26 years, but we had never talked about race in the way that we started to while making this film.
I’m a white male and, though Frank and I have experienced similar struggles, I will never truly know how difficult it is to be Black in a society that actively works to keep people of color down. To be the Black coach at a predominantly white Southern institution; to shoulder the weight of systemic racism to give kids a chance at higher education.
Making this film about Frank grew into something much deeper than rugby: Redemption. Purpose. Accountability. Dignity.
The struggle and pain we watch on the field is just puppetry to what these players are experiencing and fighting for in their lives. For this underdog team, winning isn’t about championships and trophies.
When I see Frank on the green grass of the rugby pitch, I know he’s right where he wants to be.
He’s found meaning and purpose as a coach and, strangely, this violent sport has helped to heal the kind of deep wounds that no one can see. I am honored and truly humbled that he has trusted me to tell his story. Directing this movie has showed me how a sport can heal and, in the process, I have learned more about both my friend and myself.
Thank you to our Partners
NAACP Santa Clarita
PLAY RUGBY USA
RUGBY UNITED NEW YORK
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A portion of the proceeds go to support Frank’s summer camps- creating upward mobility and opportunity through rugby.