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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. 

Marta’s story is also an opportunity to explore the truth of women’s sports and the role of sports in politics and economics.

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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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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.

Over decades of broadcasting human interest narratives for the Olympic Games and other properties, John cultivated skill in discovering, developing, and weaving together dramatic story elements into vivid tapestries of sports storytelling. 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 to name a few.

Exploring firsthand the challenge of independent production, finance, and distribution of original entertainment projects John produced corporate marketing videos and pitch reels. He received an Emmy Award for work outside of Network Sports as a producer of the public television special “Voices in Conflict.” He created The Beautiful Game Series® about Brazilian soccer and culture as well as original personal and family stories. John lives in the New York City area.

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VALUES AND MISSION

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COUNTERWEIGHT PRODUCTIONS


VALUES AND MISSION

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

Mission

Counterweight Productions will become the leading source of strategy and creative ideas to organizations and corporations whose mission and behavior is driven by long-term shareholder value. Counterweight wishes to help these organizations be stronger and more competitive to thus create a safer, more equitable planet in which everyone has, at minimum, access to the basics of food, shelter, and water. Counterweight Productions challenges a presiding belief that the world does not have enough to go around.

Counterweight Productions intends to become a leading creator of long-term stakeholder value via artful, values-based, ethical communication.

Counterweight works exclusively with clients who share our commitment to positive impact and social; change. We are attuned to the challenges, solutions and competitive advantages that can be gained from focused, informed, and creative strategy.

Counterweight pledges a minimum of 10% of annual profit towards wiping out scarcity.

Values

 We believe that there are sufficient resources for the wellbeing of all and that the application of science, technology, and ethical rules can prevent scarcity.

We believe that business values have shifted in recent decades away from a broad concern for the general well-being of citizens. Instead, focus has turned to increasing the personal wealth of a relatively limited number of individuals and an emphasis on short-term profit. This narrow focus pays lip service to promoting the wellbeing, safety, and security of employees and communities. In substance, many corporations practice policies that undermine historic values and actively foster the opposite results.

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