"A Violent Dance" is a feature-length documentary being written and directed by Magellan Rubin.
Grant Neal was a promising football standout whose dreams were crushed when he was falsely accused of raping his own girlfriend. She told school administrators repeatedly that he did nothing wrong. They expelled him anyway. Two years later, the investigation was found to be wrought with "racial bias and inaccuracy." Grant was never charged in court for rape or any other crime. However, the damages to his reputation and lifelong dream were already done. Instead of giving up, Grant turned his attention to MMA and was taken under the wing of veteran Nate "The Great" Marquardt. He then led an unprecedented amateur career by racking up six straight wins, including several title fights. He continues to be undefeated after turning professional with a remarkable 46-second submission victory.
This is an inspirational comeback story that will generate a conversation about racism in America, football's culture of masculinity, and the #MeToo era.
At this time, the film is being developed into a feature. You can view the sizzle trailer from 2017 and unpublished screenshots on this page. If you’re interested in learning more about the story, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.