It was a thrill to be at the July 14 premiere of “For
Three”, the fantastic documentary about the Perham boys basketball team, their
fallen teammate Zach Gabbard, and their historic, and emotional run to a State
Championship. I was also greatly
honored to have some clips from my website and my photos appear throughout the
Brent Hanson, the film’s creator and director, should be
commended for all the time he put into the tremendous production. To think he did it all without a
budget, and largely on his own is amazing.
Brent did a fantastic job setting the stage to a season that
drew the attention of basketball fans statewide, and even across the
nation. It was great to see the
insight from the players and coaches, even for someone who was right there! Even for someone who was around the
team, going to games, going to practices, texting and chatting on facebook with
the players and coaches, “For Three” showed me something new about the guys on
It was fun chatting with the guys leading up to the
premiere. Even talking to Zach the
night before the premiere, you could tell he was pretty excited about the big
night. But he was just as excited
to let me know he was pretty much caught up with his school work this summer
and he was ready for school in the fall.
The movie offered new insight on the emotions of the
guys. It revealed their
drive. Their togetherness. Their struggles. Their triumphs. It showed me some new
angles about this team’s story that I was awed by.
Brent was able to pull out the lighter moments from the
season. The anxious moments. And, of course, the sadness.
But rather than dwelling on the tragedy of having Zach go
down with his heart ailment, Brent focused on the hope it brought. The way it brought the team
together. How Zach fed off the
team’s success as he recovered.
And how the team was driven by not letting Zach down.
What helps brings the movie together is the director was not
only an assistant coach on this team, he’s also a survivor of cardiac
arrest. Brent had two instances of
his heart giving out, and has been a mentor to Zach during his recovery.
Brent made us laugh.
He made us cry. He told a
great story and should be recognized for it.
I felt a great connection to the guys on this team all
season, and it was great reliving their success in this film. Seeing the fantastic turnout at the
premiere and the buzz around town and online, it’s obvious this is a team that
will live in the heart’s of Perham sports fans for a long, long time. And Brent’s great film will help
preserve that memory.
100 percent of the proceeds raised from "For
Three" will be donated to the Zach Gabbard Fund and to Perham Boys
There will be an encore presentation on Sunday, July 17,
2011 at 1 pm. In addition, dvd's
are available to purchase online at www.forthreemovie.com. Whether you saw the movie in the
theatre or not, the DVD is a must-own!