McFarland, USA (film)

McFarland (film) High school coach Jim White’s job-hopping leads him to predominantly Latino McFarland High School, located in an agricultural community in California’s farm-rich central valley. Jim knows he has to make this school his last stop—he’s out of options, with both his career and his family–and finds himself in a in a diverse, economically-challenged community that feels worlds apart from his previous hometowns. Admittedly, the White family and the students have a lot to learn about each other, but when Coach White notices the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts impresses White—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another, and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, Coach White’s unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to become not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Jim and his family realize that they finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream. Directed by Niki Caro. Released on February 20, 2015. Stars Kevin Costner (Jim White), Maria Bello (Cheryl), Morgan Saylor (Julie), Elsie Fisher (Jamie), Vincent Martella (Brandon), Daniel Moncada (Eddie), Martha Higareda (Lupe), Vanessa Martinez (Maria Marisol), Carlos Pratts (Thomas). Inspired by a 1987 true story. Filmed in California’s San Joaquin Valley in widescreen format.