- 10:45 AM, Jan 21
"It's hard to get corporate sponsorship with a name like Murderball," deadpans Mark Zupan, Captain of Team USA. The sport, now called "quad rugby" is a no-holds-barred, highly competitive, physically violent game. It is played in armored wheelchairs worthy of Mad Max. The players are quadriplegics.
Crippled by childhood polio, Joe Soares grew up to become one of the premier wheelchair rugby players in the world. After leading Team USA to Gold at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics, he was inexplicably cut from the team. He became the coach of Team Canada with one goal in mind--to beat Team USA at the 2004 Athens Paralympics.
Mark Zupan is a handsome jock from Florida who was always the B.M.O.C. After a college soccer game, he and his best friend went to a bar. The night ended with Zupan almost dead in a canal, and his friend charged with a DWI. Ten years later, at their high school reunion, classmates say they feel worse for the friend.
Keith Cavill always loved being a daredevil on wheels. After a motocross accident, he now lives in a wheelchair and looks for an outlet for his competitive spirit.
Murderball, the story of how these three men come together, is the result of a two and a half year all-access pass to the locker rooms, bedrooms, churches, hospitals, and hotels where they live and play. It is a film that will shatter every stereotype you have ever had about what it is to be handicapped. It is a film about standing up, even after your spirit--and your body-have been crushed. Most of all, Murderball is about what it's really like to be a man.