Press Release: Thirty Years
of Table Soccer (Foosball) History Captured for
Acclaimed Documentary Movie
August 29, 2006
August 29, 2006 -- It is the mechanized child
of the planet’s most popular sport played
on every continent and every nation. The beautiful
game played with little men skewered onto sticks
and placed into a desk-sized playing field. The
game is table soccer (foosball or table football)
and thirty plus years of its history has been
brilliantly captured in the acclaimed documentary,
FOOS: Be The Greatest – A History of American
Foosball (Table Soccer) Movie.
for the first time, director Robert Ismert captures
the essence of the ‘foos’ experience
and the wild-ride that is the history of American
acclaimed documentary (http://www.foosmovie.com/foosball_movie_documentary_trailer.htm
[Watch the movie trailer] ) combines contemporary
interviews with the most comprehensive collection
of rare foosball archival footage and memorabilia
ever compiled and presented. Over three years
of research and production combined with dynamic
foosball personalities help tell the complete
story of one of the most popular games ever created
and focuses not only on the players that have
come and gone, but on the game that has refused
the highs and lows of the sport through its humble
beginnings of arcade hustlers and rag-tag barroom
matches to big money tournaments and Million Dollar
Tours. During the 1970’s, table soccer quickly
became a national phenomenon. The game grew into
the 8th largest sport in the world and was featured
in Sports Illustrated, 60 Minutes and ABC News.
A Porsche, Corvettes and tens of thousands of
dollars are given away to players as they travel
the country in vans pursuing table soccer glory.
[Learn about the history of the table soccer (foosball
or table football).]
quickly as it swept across America, it collapsed
even more quickly. Video games invaded and chomped
through the game arcades during the early 1980’s
eroding foosball’s popularity and resulting
in suicide, investigations of fraud, bankruptcy
and the almost complete disintegration of an entire
sport, yet, it has survived.
by Gary Paulak's original motion picture soundtrack
comprised exclusively of table soccer inspired
songs, director Robert Ismert skillfully intertwines
the game’s great players, promoters and
history with the lives of two diverging players
as they attempt to overcome their own struggles
and demons to fulfill their foosball dreams. And
ultimately discover what it takes to be the greatest.
a game is all you have left…there is hope.
There is foosball.
Robert Ismert is available for interviews and
will be attending the World Championships of Table
Soccer in Las Vegas, Nevada, Friday September
22 through Sunday September 24, 2006. For more
information, contact the http://ustsf.foosball.com/
[United States Table Soccer Federation] or http://www.foosmovie.com/foosball_movie_documentary_contact_table_soccer.htm
[contact the director].
Kit] is Available Online with hi-resolution images
and background about the movie’s production
“It serves as an intriguing look at a cross
section of Americana. - Larry Davis, Executive
Director, United States Table Soccer Federation”
fabulous job of capturing the essence of the foos
experience. - Kathy Brainard, Co-Author The Complete
Book of Foosball”
is the definitive history of foosball in the United
States. - Bob Furr, Inventor of the World’s
most popular soccer table, Tornado”
watched the film three times now and find it more
perfect each time. - Phil Kennedy, foosball historian”
Lettuce Productions LLC presents a Robert Ismert
documentary, FOOS: Be The Greatest - A History
of American Table Soccer (foosball) movie, which
is now available on DVD (www.foosmovie.com).
more information about the movie or to arrange
an interview with Director Robert Ismert during
the World Championships of Table Soccer Sept.22-24,
2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada, please http://www.foosmovie.com/foosball_movie_documentary_contact_table_soccer.htm
[contact the documentary director].
FOOS - Be the Greatest – A History of American
A Robert Ismert Documentary
Limp Lettuce Productions LLC, Denton, Texas.
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