Dennis Wilson is a man of many hats at Madison Park High School -- head basketball coach, teacher, mentor, disciplinarian, father figure, the list goes on.
And now, he can add Hollywood.
Wilson is the subject of a new documentary, Push: Madison versus Madison, directed by Boston native Rudy Hypolite and chronicling the Cardinals' 2006-07 season, which saw an undefeated regular season campaign end in the Division 1 South semifinals, and was led by stars like Malik Smith and current University of Maine junior Raheem Singleton.
The film was one of 100 to make the cut at next month's Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, Calif., and will be shown a remarkable three times over the 13-day festival, which runs from March 1 to March 13. It is scheduled to be show on March 6, at 6:30 p.m.; March 8, at 6:30 p.m.; and March 10, at 1:30 p.m.
A brief synopsis of the film, from the film's website:
Madison Park Vocational, Roxbury, Massachusetts. A dysfunctional but talented high school hoops team tries to hold itself together. Graced with a handful of sharp shooters and savvy ball-handlers, they also struggle, both on and off the court, in a deteriorating public school system and the turbulence of life in the Boston inner city: rival gangs, a chilling murder rate, destructive families, and the struggle to stay in school and on the team. Closing in on the end of the season, the team has gone 15-0 and has a shot at a state championship and an undefeated season for the first time in history.
At the center of this kettle of hope and chaos is Coach Dennis Wilson, a unique hero for our times. A former semi-professional player, philosophizing history teacher and motor-mouthing disciplinarian, Coach Wilson chants, harasses and cajoles his charges onto the court, asking them: “Whose house is this? Whose game is this? What kinda pride you got?” But is Coach Wilson the MP solution or just getting sucked into the problem? As the team heads into the its final regular season games and tournament showdowns, MP Pride will be sorely tested.