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Beautiful Game Series


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Beautiful Game Series


FEATURE-LENGTH FILM SERIES ABOUT THE MAGIC OF SOCCER AND BRAZIL

IN FOUR DISTINCT PARTS

Beautiful Game is a sophisticated filmed look at Brazilian culture through the prism of its rich soccer history. The series is conceived as homage to Brazil and the stories of families whose lives and identities are shaped by futebol. Millions of people express passion for life not only in a stadium or before a TV screen but in art, commerce, music, and politics. The Beautiful Game Series® is envisioned as feature-length documentary and narrative content. It explores universal themes in order to delight and connect audiences.   Shadow Game, The Epic Romance, Corinthians, and Kissing the Cup are designed to be dramatic, timely, and classic storytelling celebrating the core attraction of sports.

Series Trailer Runs 3min20sec

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Shadow Game


Shadow Game


Soccer is pace meets precision. Brazil-born Marta, the first global star in the women’s game, embodies this notion. She moves, dribbles and scores with lightening speed. Marta is a mix of Brazilian greats Romario and Ronaldinho. She is a winner. Her laurels include five consecutive FIFA World Player of the Year Awards and two Olympic silver medals.  

Shadow Game Sizzle

Marta's story is a window into a changing global culture of women's sports. From 1941 till 1979, women's soccer teams were banned by law in Brazil on the theory that soccer was bad for women of child-bearing age. Reaffirmed by the military dictatorship in 1965, these laws fell the same year that the dictatorship offered political amnesty to exiled citizens. 

Despite cultural and financial hurdles, the number of girls playing football in South America and elsewhere is on the rise. SHADOW GAME relates a story that challenges conventional beliefs and defies audiences to walk away unaffected.

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CORINTHIANS: PASSION BEYOND MEASURE AND REASON


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CORINTHIANS: PASSION BEYOND MEASURE AND REASON


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CORINTHIANS is known as ‘Todo Poderoso', the Almighty. Club history dates to 1910, but Corinthians first became a huge deal when its  players' Democracy Movement helped usher out the Brazilian military dictatorship that has ruled for two decades. Today, Corinthians is a giant fraternity of crusaders from São Paulo that engulfs and unites football fans  from exclusive gated communities to the poorest favelas. 30,000 cheered their heroes to the world title in 2012 in Japan; 35 million watched on TV.  With exclusive access to legendary players  and its notorious fan club, Gavioes da Fiel (Hawks of the Faithful), CORINTHIANS  takes you inside a world of incomparable fan loyalty. 

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THE EPIC ROMANCE


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THE EPIC ROMANCE


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BRAZIL HOSTS THE WORLD CUP AND OLYMPICS

In the pantheon of Brazilian soccer mythology, Garrincha, Pele, Socrates, Zico, Ronaldo, and Neymar represent the divine. While Brazil struggles with problems of inequality, fear, and violence, soccer has became a visceral source of national identity, symbolizing excellence, spontaneity, connection, and Joy. 

But all is not well. 

Epic Romance is informed by the dramatic story of corruption in FIFA and its relationship to Brazilian culture. It is an account of the ugly imbedded in a beautiful game. 

In 2013, during the FIFA Confederations Cup, one million Brazilian citizens rallied in the streets of cities around the nation to protest FIFA corruption and voice displeasure at corruption and the failure of the World Cup to boost the well-being of most Brazilians. These "manifestations" were inspiration to those who reject inequity, cynicism, and fear. Risking retribution from an entrenched establishment, a movement emerged to champion transparency, democracy, and competent football administration. It questioned how repeated government bail out a dysfunctional indebted soccer system served the nation.

Brazil is a perfect access point for this story because of its world renowned status as the cradle of the world's favorite sport. In the deeply conservative recesses of of the nation, nothing less than a return of soccer glory may reassure the faithful.  Brazil remains a country frequently dismissed as politically and culturally inept, in a word, corrupt. Yet this image belies a nation more grounded in reality than most, a country of 200+ million, a high-output economy, and a history that holds keys to understanding human behavior and thus a better world.   

 
 

 

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KISSING THE CUP


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KISSING THE CUP


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KISSING THE CUP is the remarkable journey of one family–and one nation.

KISSING THE CUP is an intimate account of Brazil’s 1970 World Cup winning captain Carlos Alberto Torres. The film explores how El Capitao and his families lives reflect Brazilian society over the last 50 years and glimpse Brazil’s future. From one man’s life transformed by futebol success to a son playing in the shadow of a legend, then onto the next generation: raised in Japan, educated in England, and building a career in marketing as an entrepreneur informed by a legacy of greatness.

 

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VALUES AND MISSION


A counterweight is an action or proposal that is intended to balance or counter other actions or proposals.

VALUES AND MISSION


A counterweight is an action or proposal that is intended to balance or counter other actions or proposals.

VALUES

We believe that our planet has the capacity to yield resources sufficient for the well-being of all and that science and technology provide the means to prevent shortages by redeveloping resources into valuable assets. 

We believe that shifting societal values in recent decades have diminished concern for the general well-being of communities in favor of the personal wealth of a relatively few. Counterweight intends to challenge the mindset that the world does not have enough to go around.

 

Mission

Counterweight aims to become a leading provider of strategy and creativity to those committed to combating global scarcity and ensuring that everyone has, at minimum, access to the basics of food, shelter, and water.

Propelled by an award-winning team in finance, acquisition, production, and sales, Counterweight Productions  creates long-term stakeholder value via artful, values-based, communication.

Counterweight pledges a minimum 20% of annual profit to  support local communities in wiping out scarcity.

About John Ruane


About John Ruane


John Ruane professional bio

John P. Ruane is an 11-time Emmy Award winning Producer and Founder of Counterweight Productions who brings over 30 years of experience in the media business including 25 years at NBC Entertainment, NBC TV Network, and NBC Sports as a producer, director, and executive in charge of key operations and production elements of highly-rated, prestigious, telecasts. Shows included the Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Atlanta, and Sydney, numerous NFL seasons and Super Bowls, Major League Baseball and World Series, NBA series and Finals, Championship Tennis events such as Wimbledon and the French Open, and U.S. broadc of the World Cup to name a few.

Over decades of broadcasting human interest narratives for the Olympic Games and other properties, John honed his skills in discovering, developing, and weaving together dramatic story elements into vivid tapestries of sports storytelling. He subsequently received an Emmy Award for his work outside of sports and NBC for producing the public television special “Voices in Conflict

Since his retirement from NBC in 2007, John has grown his artistic interests by creating original entertainment concepts and imperfectly studying the business of independent production, finance, and distribution. These projects are aimed at global audiences and include The Beautiful Game Series® about Brazilian soccer and culture as well as compelling personal and family stories of general appeal. John’s many interests extend to fostering services that will assist select sponsors in cross-cultural strategic marketing of entertainment products.

He currently lives in Connecticut and New York City where he takes photos and is active in various service projects.Counterweight consults and collaborates professionally on areas of expertise and interest including Broadcasting, Sports, content creation, independent film, personal development, networking, international marketing, leadership, and service.

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