2015 USA Film Festival: Sweethearts of the Gridiron
Seventy-five years ago, the Kilgore Rangerettes took the field for the first time in an attempt to equalize the male-female student ratio, encourage female student involvement in sports, and keep the roughnecks in their seats during football games at Kilgore College. Instead they became something more, inspiring the first of thousands of high school and college dance-drill teams across the country, and forever defined halftime entertainment.
Dubbed “the sweethearts of the gridiron” by the legendary Red Grange, the Rangerettes have, for many aspiring dancers in Texas, grown to embody discipline, poise, and athletic skill as well as a symbol of civic pride. Director Chip Hale explores the history of the team while also following the behind-the-scenes paths of several hopeful prospects as they push themselves to the limit during the 2014 try-outs.
Hale and Rangerettes past and present will be in attendance.