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About The Film

ALL OF OUR DREAMS CAN COME TRUE, IF WE HAVE THE COURAGE TO PURSUE THEM.
— WALT DISNEY

Sometimes dreams take a little longer to come true. 

Brian Kinchen can certainly relate to that fact of life. In 2003, the 38-year old retired NFL tight end turned long snapper was nearly three years removed from a venerable 13-year career that had fallen short of his ultimate dream—a Super Bowl ring. 

Even during his playing days, he fully understood that most players don’t win that elusive championship much less get a chance to play in the iconic sports event watched by millions worldwide. So when Kinchen settled into his new life as a middle school Bible teacher and aspiring football coach in Baton Rouge, La., that ship too had seemingly sailed. 

But with just two weeks left in the regular season, Patriots director of personnel Scott Pioli placed a life-changing phone call to Kinchen even as the former player was teaching a group of middle school students. Within a few short days, Kinchen was back in the game and on the fast track to Super Bowl XXXVIII. Through an unlikely series of events that included agonizing and even paralyzing bouts with anxiety, fear and doubt, the veteran athlete found himself in the situation he both dreamed about and dreaded. With time running out, Kinchen trotted onto the field at Reliant Stadium to snap what would be the game winning field goal. 

The snap was pure. The hold was pristine. The kick was perfect. Kinchen became an invisible hero—just as he’d always imagined. Yet long after the celebration, Kinchen rested in the bigger lesson: True purpose isn’t found in one moment, one game, or one victory. True purpose is found in the way life is lived away from the spotlight, and the legacy that is ultimately left behind.

Before the Kick will detail the incredible events that led up to the game-winning snap. This narrative documentary will utilize exclusive interviews with Kinchen, his family and the people who experienced this incredible tale firsthand including Bill BelichickScott PioliBrad SeelyKen WalterLarry IzzoMike VrabelMark BavaroNick SabanMike ReissJackie MacMullenMichael HolleyTrey Junkin, and many more. Before the Kick will also serve as the precursor to the screenplay for a theatrically released narrative feature film.

Most importantly, Before the Kick will explore powerful, enduring principles such as peace, identity, and purpose—essential truths to which we all can relate as we pursue our own dreams.

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The Filmmakers

 

Chad Bonham

Producer/Writer/Co-Director

Chad Bonham has been working in mass media for 25 years. A graduate of the University of Tulsa, he has written extensively for over 30 national publications such as RelevantCCMChristian Retailing, New Man, CharismaToday’s ChristianSports Spectrum, Christian Single, Faith & Friends, and FCA Magazine.

Chad has authored, co-authored or ghost written 24 books including Life in the Fairway (New Leaf),Glory of the Games (Cross Training), Husker Legacy (Cross Training), 3D Coach (Regal Books),Everybody Needs A Head Coach (Cross Training), Wrestling With God (River Oak), Greatest Coach Ever (Regal Books), Greatest Leader Ever (Regal Books), and Faith in the Fast Lane: How NASCAR Found Jesus (Judson Press).

Along with his work as a journalist and author, Chad has worked on numerous broadcast and film projects as a producer and writer. He was most recently the producer, director, and writer of the documentary The Battle For Brandon (featuring Longwood University basketball coach Jayson Gee). Previously, he was the coordinator producer for the documentaries Life Happens (Brightbulb Entertainment) and Choosing Life (ACLJ Films). Chad also has the forthcoming documentary The Mighty, Mighty Warriors (featuring former St. John’s basketball coach Mike Jarvis and NBA Hall of Fame inductee Patrick Ewing) and a sports-themed broadcast series called “The ProFiles” (featuring host Dave Pasch) in development.

In addition to his work as a writer and filmmaker, Chad has been prominently involved in the marketing efforts for such films as When The Game Stands TallThe RemainingThe SongWoodlawnGod’s Not Dead, and God’s Not Dead 2, as an influencer engager, blog writer, and social media content provider.


Ash Greyson

Executive Producer/Co-Director

Ash Greyson is the President and CEO of Ribbow Media where he has become known as one of the preeminent experts in social media marketing and digital strategies. Ash’s string of success stories includes work on such films as God’s Not Dead, The Giver, The Good Lie, Earth To Echo and Little Boy. 

Ash has over 20 years of experience in multimedia. He was producer and cinematographer for the long-form music video Tulsa, Tokyo and the Middle of Nowhere. It spent nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard Video Sales Chart and is the best-selling music video in Soundscan history. Ash also produced and directed many music videos including Hanson’s “Save Me” which was #1 on MTV Internationally. He has collaborated on music videos with the likes of Grammy Award winner “Weird” Al Yankovic and Academy Award nominee Gus Van Sant. 

Ash most recently directed the Brightbulb Films documentary Life Happens. He previously produced and directed the critically acclaimed documentary Strong Enough to Break, which was featured in many major publications including The New York Times, Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly. The film was added to the music curriculum at multiple universities including USC and NYU and nominated for doc of the year at the prestigious Hollywood Film Festival. Ash has also directed pilots for A&E and his work can be seen across the dial from TBN to MTV.


NATHAN NAZARIO

Producer

Nathan has been a filmmaker and PR and marketing strategist with over 20 years experience in the film and television industry. Nathan most recently served as lead producer on the indie feature Old Fashioned, delivering the highest box office weekend for a faith-based film playing on fewer than 300 screens. Nathan’s public relations campaign credits include over 50 films including six Academy Award winners: Life Is Beautiful, Dead Man Walking, The Usual Suspects, Fargo, Shakespeare In Love and When We Were Kings. 

Nathan has served a diverse entertainment client base over the course of his career. As the former Vice President, Film Publicity at mPRm Public Relations, his clients included major studios, television networks and independent distributors such as Miramax Films, Warner Bros., DreamWorks, USA Network, Syfy, New Line Cinema, Fox Searchlight, Columbia TriStar, Artisan Entertainment and IMAX among others. Previously, he was Vice President, East Coast Publicity at Gramercy Pictures, the independent art-house studio behind such worldwide successes as Four Weddings and a Funeral.

On the production front, Nathan has produced a variety of Behind-the-Scenes, “Making Of” and DVD special features for feature films that can be seen on a national retail level, having written and produced featurettes for such titles as We Own The Night starring Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg, The Life Before Her Eyes starring Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood, Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman, The Final Cut starring Robin Williams, and Queen Latifah’s The Cookout. His electronic press kits (EPK) and DVD content credits include indie films such as The Maiden Heist, Nothing but the Truth and Awake. In the television arena, Nathan has produced EPK and marketing packages for such hit shows as Battlestar Galactica and miniseries events such as Steven Spielberg presents Taken and Children of Dune.


Scott Pioli

Executive Producer

Scott has spent 23 years working in the NFL and is currently the assistant general manager for the Atlanta Falcons. Scott has been named NFL Executive of the Year by various national media outlets five times during his career, including honors from Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, and Pro Football Weekly/PFWA in 2010.

In nine-years with the New England Patriots, Scott and head coach Bill Belichick compiled an NFL-best 102-42 (.708) regular season record, won Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX, claimed four AFC championships, and won six AFC East titles. Following his years in New England, Scott served as general manager for the Kansas City Chiefs.

In addition to his front office experience, Scott spent the 2013 season as an analyst on NBC’s Football Night in America where he offered fans behind the scenes insight into the NFL. Scott also serves as a member of the NFL’s Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship Advisory Council, helping to make the NFL a more diverse and inclusive league.

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About Brian Kinchen

Brian Kinchen is a retired 14-year NFL tight end and long snapper who saw action with Miami, Cleveland, Baltimore, Carolina, and New England. As a tight end, he caught 160 passes for 1,648 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2003, Brian joined the Patriots late in the season and snapped the game winning field goal in Super Bowl XXXVIII. 

At Louisiana State, Brian was an All-SEC tight end and part of a family legacy that included father Gus Kinchen (who played on the 1958 national championship team), uncle Gary Kinchen, younger brother Todd Kinchen (who also spent seven years in the NFL), and sons Austin and Hunter. Both Brian’s mother Toni and his wife Lori were LSU cheerleaders.

Since retiring from football, Brian has spent time as a high school football coach and was a volunteer coach for Nick Saban’s 2004 national championship team at LSU. He currently serves as a college football analyst for ESPN.

Brian lives in Baton Rouge, La., where he and his wife Lori have raised their four sons—Austin, Hunter, Logan and McCain.