The Louisville Kentucky Basketball Rivalry is undoubtedly college basketball’s ultimate feud, and The Rivalry: Red V. Blue is the first film to document this incredible sports story.
The Rivalry: Red V. Blue weaves the fascinating history of one of college basketball’s greatest rivalries with the incredible back-to-back championship runs of the Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals in 2012 and 2013. From Louisville’s upset win over Adolf Rupp’s Wildcats in 1959 to the 1983 Dream Game and the 2012 Final Four clash in the Big Easy, “Red V. Blue” documents why the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry is second to none. Thanks again to Gillette for sponsoring “The Rivalry: Red V. Blue!”
P.S. The release date announcement is coming soon!
Go behind the scenes with “Mr. Horsepower” Kent Rose (a.k.a. the “Arm Drop Guy“) and see how he gets in the zone for the Hillbilly Drags. This August 30th and 31st come out and see Mr. Horsepower arm-drop over 300 cars at the Combs Airport between Paintsville and Prestonsburg, located just off of the Country Music Highway!
Thursday night The Rivalry: Red V. Blue surged past $10,000 in kickstarter pledges thanks to Kentucky Pride and the generosity of “Red V. Blue” nation!
To say thank you, we released a new video “Kentucky Pride,” featuring one of our favorite UK fans, Doug Young.
Doug Young owns the Finishing Touch frame shop in Paintsville, KY. In this clip he explains what Kentucky basketball means to him and so many others in the state.
But Doug’s message of the importance of tradition is as applicable to Louisville fans as it is to Kentucky fans. Just as Doug is a lifelong Wildcats supporter because UK was his dad’s team, there are thousands of Louisville Cardinal fans with similar stories whose love for the Cards grew out of their love for a family member or good friend.
“Red V. Blue” isn’t just a basketball documentary. It’s a movie about the rich traditions of Kentucky and their meaning to generations of Kentuckians.
Today producer Adam Lefkoe was a guest on the Leach Report with the Voice of the Wildcats, Tom Leach.
This weekend we will be featured in the Lexington Herald and the Appalachian News-Express.
Additionally, director Rory Owen Delaney was interviewed by Surreelfilm. The interview will air Sunday at 1 pm EST on Crescent Hill Radio in Louisville and will be simulcast on crescenthillradio.com!
To back us on kickstarter, click here and hit the green “back this project” button!
Thank you for your support so far. We have come a long way and owe it all to you!
Saturday’s edition of the Courier Journal featured a great article in print and online about Red V. Blue. The story includes interviews with director Rory Owen Delaney and producer Wade Smith. Read all about it below!
Documentary captures universities of Kentucky and Louisville in title seasons
by Adam Himmelsbach
Rory Delaney is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker whose connection to his hometown of Louisville has endured despite the distance. He loves U of L basketball, detests UK, and feels at home when he meets someone with similar tastes.
So imagine his concern, then, when he was aboard a small prop plane in 2008, flying above swaths of contaminated wasteland for his documentary “Toxic Soup,” when he realized his pilot was a diehard Wildcats fan. He held on a little tighter and smiled a little harder, but ultimately he and Paintsville native Wade Smith forged a friendship that was hatched by the glaring polarity.
Smith, in addition to flying U of L fans over contamination zones, was also a film producer. The two stayed in touch, and each fall, as the annual U of L-UK basketball game approached, they’d fire off a flurry of text messages to each other, their jabs both playful and sharp.
In 2009, of course, first-year UK coach John Calipari started off a string of four consecutive wins against Cardinals coach Rick Pitino.
It was a crafty way to shift the focus from Louisville’s losses, but it was also a logical question. Delaney had tired of the incessant attention paid to the comparably sterile Duke-North Carolina rivalry, and he thought the nation deserved to know more about the Commonwealth’s simmering feud.
And so two years, two national championships, and too many barroom debates later, Delaney and Smith’s labor of love, “The Rivalry: Red V. Blue” is nearing completion.
To read the rest of the article, go here. To back our kickstarter campaign, click here.
Although John Calipari and Rick Pitino are officially on good terms, it is no secret that unofficially the two coaches despise each other. Red V. Blue explores the impact this coaching feud has had on the rivalry between the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville. In this clip, Oscar Combs, founder of the Cats’ Pause, speaks on the seriousness of the bad blood between John Calipari and Rick Pitino. “Red V. Blue” is the first movie to document the history of the Kentucky-Louisville college basketball rivalry. Please visit our Kickstarter page to help get this movie made!
“The Rivalry: Red V. Blue” is the first and only movie to document college basketball’s hottest rivalry: the Kentucky Wildcats versus the Louisville Cardinals. Now we need YOUR help to finish this one-of-a-kind sports documentary. Please visit our Kickstarter page to donate or promote our documentary!
The Red V Blue Kickstarter Campaign is live. It’s official. ”The Rivalry: Red V. Blue” is the FIRST movie to document the Louisville-Kentucky basketball feud, college basketball’s most heated rivalry!
The documentary has been in production for over two and a half years and has been funded entirely out-of-pocket by the filmmakers. Now we need your help to finish “The Rivalry: Red V. Blue”!
We have completed 80 percent of the production, but there are a few more players, coaches, and personalities who need to be interviewed. Your Kickstarter dollars will cover the completion of principal photography as well as the post-production and distribution expenses of Red V. Blue. These costs include but are not limited to:
Animation / graphics
Below is the official video for the Red V Blue kickstarter campaign. If you like what we are doing and want to see Kentucky recognized for its excellence in college basketball, share “The Rivalry: Red V. Blue” with your family, friends, teammates and rivals alike!
When Kevin Ware cut down the nets in Atlanta, ending Louisville’s 27 year title drought, it was an emotional conclusion to a tournament and story that captured America’s imagination.
On the heels of the Kentucky Wildcats 2012 championship run in New Orleans, Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals came out swinging in 2013 and knocked out all competitors.
But it wasn’t easy. Or pretty. No one who watched the Sweet Sixteen Easter Sunday game against Duke will ever forget it. When Kevin Ware went down with one of the most gruesome, freakish sports injuries ever captured on camera, something special happened.
A team was galvanized, a leader was born, and one of the dramatic sports stories of the year captured the imagination of millions of people around the world.
Heck, even Matt Jones was rooting for Louisville after Kevin Ware’sinjury, you can’t write that stuff! The Kevin Warestory was once-in-a-lifetime Hollywood magic. Except it actually happened. And I’ll never forget it.
The Cardinals clawed their past the Blue Devils, Ducks, Shockers, and finally, the Wolverines. In the process Luke Hancock emerged as an improbable hero, becoming the first reserve player to ever win the Most Outstanding Player award.
Oh yeah, and did I mention that Louisville won the championship in Atlanta, Kevin Ware‘s home city?!
It was an incredible true story, and Red V. Blue was there to capture it all, just like we were in New Orleans in 2012 to capture John Calapari and UK’s championship.
Red V. Blue set out to equally portray both sides of the greatest college basketball rivalry in the world, and the Cardinals and Wildcats delivered! With back-to-back championships claimed for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, it has been a dream for Kentuckians, as well as for us as documentary filmmakers — you can’t get more equal than back-to-back bling!
Get ready for a big announcement coming soon! Have you watched our trailer yet?
We debuted our newest teaser for the college hoops documentary RED V. BLUE last week at the Louisville Venture Connectors meeting. The pitch went over well, and the folks at Louisville Business First called it the “best film-financing pitch” that they have ever seen. Literally.
“Bomb It 2,” the sequel to the global graffiti doc “Bomb It,” is just months away from its Spring 2013 release. To get you in the spirit, check out the brand new trailer. “Bomb It 2″ is directed by Jon Reiss and co-produced by Rory Owen Delaney.