Where the rubber meets the wall.

Today on Hero of the Game: We go to Valley Crest Elementary School to investigate the playground’s most epic sport: handball. The undefeated schoolyard giant, John Wexler rules the courts. Valley Crest students yearn for a heroic opponent to end John’s reign of terror. Will the students be liberated from his rule? Who will be their hero?

Nothing is more competitive than Elementary School Handball. What lies in store for one challenger when “Black Magic” enters the game?


La Colina Jr. High, 4025 Foothill Rd.
Thursday March 2, 6:00pm

We will also be showing it at Monte Vista School where we shot it.

Monte Vista School. 730 N. Hope
Friday March 10, 1pm

2006 Santa Barbara Film Festival
Victoria Theater
February 5, 2006


Feature Stills

Production Stills courtesy Jody Nelson:

Alternate artwork


written & directed: Evan Massi & Jordan Miller

produced: Jody Nelson

edited: Jordan Miller & Kevin Correnti

cinematography: Kevin Correnti, Jordan Miller, Magnus Nilsson

graphic & web design/motion graphics: Chris Nielsen

casting/locations: Jody Nelson

sound: Ray Pivato

still photographer: Jody Nelson


Kevin Correnti as John Wexler

Kate-Malorie McCall as Megan

Parker Troy Olson as Rich

Gabriel Sunday as Narrator

Benjamin Morales as Best Boy on Streets

Miguel Miranda as Older Boy on Swing

Nicholas Stanbrough as Younger Boy on Swing

Dave Thoreson as P.E. Teacher

Amanda Stinson as Playground Girl

John Vercota and Troy Vercota as Twins

Heather Ehlen, Bridget Gioiello, & Laura Masho as Girls Sitting

Ashley Jackson, Elle Mangione, & Lauren Van Valkenburgh as Girls Standing

Playground children provided by Show Stoppers directors Marian and Radu Azdril

Sophia Bordofsky

Zach Bordofsky

C.J. Czajka

Heather Ehlen

Bridget Gioiello

Kyrstin Hensley

Kacey Klopp

Melissa Marino

Laura Masho

Benjamin Morales

Emily Parsons

Nicholas Stanbrough

Jade Stevens

Lauren Van Valkenburgh

Savannah Weymouth

Kate Wilson

Megan Zink

Paul Zink

Monte Vista Students:

Jamie Elster

Ashley Jackson

Elle Magione

Avery Orr

Special Thanks

Marian & Radu Azdril

Curtis Bieber

Monte Vista Elementary School

Superintendent Gerrie Fauset

Principal Patrick Plamondon

Secretary Carol Fox

Grounds: Dave Thoreson

Teacher: Susan Buppert

Anne Battles

Paul Lapidus

Linda Magione

Patty McMichaels

Bob Olsen

Michael Stinson

Cindy Vercota-Zehntner

Parents of all the children

Music by:


Portia/Status Records Mike Russel

Bleeding Kansas

Abacus Records Daniel Pauliot


Portia Records JD Knotts


Producer: Jody Nelson, [email protected]

Actor/Editor/Cinematographer: Kevin Correnti, [email protected]

Web Designer/Motion Graphics: Chris Nielsen, [email protected]