It's only been five months since the sudden passing of George Curry. The legendary football coach gone, but not forgotten and two local filmmakers are making sure of that.
"You just knew that, you know, somebody with 455 wins, who had impacted as many, you know, kids lives as he did that, you know, that this guy's career deserves tribute," said Jason Genovese, Co-Executive Producer of George Curry: God. Family. Football.
Genovese and Alfredo Mercuri are Co-Executive Producers of this 55 minute documentary. Originally set to simply celebrate his remarkable career, the two Minersville-natives got what turned out to be Curry's last one camera interview back in February.
"Obviously he passed in April," Mercuri began. "It kind of kills us that he's not able to see the finished product. I know that he was excited about it."
"I think that really also lit a fire under so many people who were gonna be involved with it that they saw it as an opportunity to, you know, make it a tribute for him as well," Genovese added.
Curry's impact was undeniable and all those affected flocked to interview for this film. The familiar names and faces are plentiful.
"I mean, we contacted Ron Powlus, Bo Orlando," Mercuri explained. "I mean once they knew that we were doing a project for coach Curry, it was 'when and where do you want us?' and that was from Ron to Bo to Lance (Evina) to Gus Felder to even, you know, Josh McDaniels from the Patriots."
"When you talk to all these people who were so close to him and had such a fondness for him, you really start to think like you knew the man," Genovese said. "So that was a nice part of it because he was a man worth knowing."
And a story worth telling.
"We just hope the people of Berwick, you know, his family really enjoy it and kind of, this is a nice tribute to his life and his career," Mercuri said. "Just to put it together was an unbelievable feeling."
The film is set to premiere this Friday night, September 30th after the Coughlin-Berwick game at the Berwick Movie Theater. There are showings Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and tickets are $10 with a portion of the proceeds going to the ALS Association. For more information and for tickets, head to www.georgecurryfilm.com.