“Footplay” — The Soccer Project

I saw this trailer today for this film called “Footplay”. (click link to view trailer and to donate cash).

It’s the story of two soccer players Gwendolyn and Luke who decided to travel the world in search of pickup games.

At first, I was turned off by these young rich kids moaning about their soccer careers gone south post college. But after I got past all the exposition and watched them bribe their ways into a Bolivian prison to play a pickup game with inmates, my attention was peaked. The interviews with the inmates are heartbreakingly great.

The photography throughout is stunning. Editing is good, not great. The sound is still a little rough. But good goodness, it’s amazing. I’m not sure how the trailer qualifies as a trailer. It’s almost as long as a sitcom at 15:30. By the end of the trailer, I’m rooting for the Gwendolyn and Luke, hoping desperately that what they learned and what they have to show is how humanity is intertwined and connected more than anyone ever imagined.

If I were to call something “The Lord’s Work”, this would be it. Say no to salvation or afterlife. Give me humanity and all its grit. Give me body odor, a muddy pit and a soccer field from a recycled garbage dump somewhere in Africa. Give me all creeds harmonizing (for the most part) over the joy of sport.

Fuck war and spreading democracy. Give me humanism and good charity. Show me a soccer game and splitting a coke after the game.

There’s payoff at the end when Gwendolyn is saying goodbye to other players after a match. She turns to someone off camera and says, “Do they kiss in this country?” She then goes and cheek kisses the three people on camera. Oh my. That was an incredible moment. That is the embodiment of one earth. I got really emotional about that scene. It showed arc of character, and it’s just a fucking trailer for a documentary.

This movie will be heavenly.

Jesus: No One is Good Except God Alone

Dear Jesus,

I was reading your words recently. When you had the chance, why didn’t you tell that rich guy that you WERE god?

Lots of folks seem to think you ARE god. Clearing up this matter  would really help ease some confusion.

Oh, and while I have you, why are so many people claiming to be heaven bound, when clearly you say, “Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me … How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 25Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

Megachurches, heck even the small ones, seem really expensive to build. And there are LOTS of people who need money more than church goers.

I wish you would have had the foresight to write more of your words down so we could all be clear on these matters.

An immediate reply would be greatly appreciated.

Love,

Jeremy “I don’t want to leave my wife in exchange for the kingdom of heaven” Witteveen

P.S. My wife is heaven.