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Beautiful Game Series


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Beautiful Game Series


A FILM SERIES ABOUT THE MAGIC OF SOCCER AND BRAZIL

Beautiful Game is a sophisticated filmed look at Brazilian culture through the prism of its rich soccer culture. It is conceived as homage to Brazil and the stories of families and fans whose  identities have been shaped by Brazilian futebol. Throughout the last century, millions of people have come to express their passion for life, not only in in a stadium or before a screen,  but through the influence that soccer has had on the real threads that bind us as people: our life stories and understanding, individually and collectively, as exemplified in art, commerce, music, politics, and sport, and religion.  Incorporating four distinct approaches: Shadow GameThe Epic RomanceCorinthians, and Kissing the Cup, the Beautiful Game Series is designed to be novel, timely, and classic storytelling celebrating the core attraction of sports.

BEAUTIFUL GAME SERIES and SHADOW GAME Demo Runs 8:00

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Shadow Game: WOMEN, GIRLS, AND Soccer


Shadow Game: WOMEN, GIRLS, AND Soccer


In the greatest soccer nation on earth, women’s soccer is minimized, even ignored. The women’s game in Brazil attracts only a tiny fraction of the attention, and therefore money, that flows to the men’s game. Today, even after the 2016 Rio Olympics, women’s professional soccer continues to be marked by lack of sponsors, marketing, and attendance. Shadow Game artfully explores the history and reality of women's sports in search of the truth about women's soccer.

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CORINTHIANS: PASSION BEYOND MEASURE AND REASON


CORINTHIANS: PASSION BEYOND MEASURE AND REASON


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


THE EPIC ROMANCE


 

BRAZIL HOSTED 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, and connectedness. But all is not well. 

Epic Romance is a dramatic story of corruption in FIFA and its relationship to Brazilian football and culture. It is an account of how the beautiful game turned ugly. Brazil is a perfect access points for this story because of its world renowned status as the cradle of  the world's favorite sport. It is a country and people that are all too often dismissed as politically and culturally inept and frozen. Yet this image belies a nation more grounded in reality than most, a country of  200 million that holds many of the keys to a transcendent world.  

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 the failure of the World Cup to boost the well-being of most Brazilians.   These "manifestations" became an inspiration to those who wish to reject inequity, cynicism, and fear. Risking retribution from an entrenched football establishment, a movement emerged to champion transparency , democracy, and competent football administration. It questioned how repeated government bail out a dysfunctional indebted football system served the nation.   In the deeply conservative recesses of Brazil, nothing less than the return of Brazilian soccer glory will reassure the faithful. As the romance wanes, new heroes inevitably emerge.  

 

 
 

 

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KISSING THE CUP


KISSING THE CUP


KISSING THE CUP: The Carlos Alberto Story 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 and his family. The film explores how their lives reflect Brazilian society over the last 50 years and project into 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 greatness.

 

Mission and Vision


Mission and Vision



VISION

We believe that our planet has the capacity to yield resources sufficient for the wellbeing of all, and that science and technology provide the means to prevent shortages by converting undeveloped resources into valuable assets.

Counterweight Productions intends to challenge the presiding belief that the world does not have enough to go around.

We are committed to the end of global scarcity and, especially, to educating and motivating those who use the argument of scarcity to restrain a natural compassion towards themselves and others.


MISSION

 

ACTION

Organizations and businesses have enormous potential to improve the lives of people and the health of our world. 

We believe that business values have shifted in recent decades from a broad concern for the general wellbeing of all citizens affected by corporations’ actions and values to a nearly exclusive focus on increasing the personal wealth of a relatively limited number of individuals and emphasis on quarterly short-term profit. 

This narrow focus results in widespread adoption of the purely profit driven policy of paying lip service to promoting the wellbeing of employees, consumers, and communities in which these companies operate while in substance employing policies and practices that undermine these values and actively achieve the opposite results.

 

Propelled by an award teams in finance, acquisition, sales, and production, Counterweight creates long-term shareholder value via artful communication in book, feature film and television projects. 

Counterweight pledges a minimum of 10% of its annual profit in support of efforts to wipe out scarcity.  

 

About John Ruane


About John Ruane


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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. broadcast 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.”

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INTENTION


INTENTION


COUNTERWEIGHT PRODUCTIONS IS A STARTUP MEDIA COMPANY THAT INTENDS TO ACQUIRE, PRODUCE, AND DISTRIBUTES MEANINGFUL INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY AND NARRATIVE MOTION PICTURES. WE STRIVE TO ENSURE CONTENT QUALITY TO OUR AUDIENCES AND TRANSPARENCY TO PROSPECTIVE FILMMAKERS AND BUSINESS PARTNERS.

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JOHN RUANE
COUNTERWEIGHT PRODUCTIONS
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