04 Feb ‘Through the Banks of the Red Cedar’
The daughter of Michigan State University football legend Gene Washington uncovers the Spartans’ key role in integrating college football in the ‘60s, a Duffy Daugherty-led effort that resulted in one of MSU football’s greatest eras — and changed the game forever. The film unfolds through the eyes of the filmmaker Maya Washington as she details her father's journey and his impact on the present generation. A College Football Hall of Famer, Gene Washington migrated from the segregated South to MSU where he’d play alongside highly decorated teammates like Bubba Smith, George Webster and Clinton Jones, a quartet that made history by all being selected in the first round of the 1967 NFL draft. As director Washington peels back MSU’s story, she develops a newly formed appreciation for the game and a deeper connection to her father, just in time to witness the Spartan football team ascend to national prominence 50 years later. World premiere. Unrated.
1:30 p.m. Sat., April 14, Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA.
1 p.m. Sun., April 15, Emagine Royal Oak.
After the films: Free Press sports columnist Shawn Windsor talks to director Maya Washington, and College Football Hall of Famers and Michigan State University legends Gene Washington and Clinton Jones. At Saturday’s screening, former MSU quarterback Jimmy II will also be part of the panel.