Lakewood writer Mike Looney is producing his first feature documentary called “The Big Shootout”. The film chronicles a football game played on Dec. 6, 1969 in Fayetteville, Ark. between the Texas Longhorns and the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The game was much hyped on TV, setting a tone for the future of televised football, Looney says. Set amid the backdrop of the Vietnam War and in the wake of the Kent State massacre, it was more than just a football game.

From the project’s website:

This remarkable documentary provides a glimpse of one of the most fascinating yet tumultuous periods in America’s history.  Interviews with TV icon Beano Cook, players, politicians, White House administrators, professors, protesters and coaches — yes, legendary Coach Darrell Royal appears and even fellow legend, Arkansas’ Frank Broyles, discusses the Shoot Out for the first time — will leave viewers simultaneously longing for the likes of 1969 yet leery of its return.

The documentary’s website contains stories and commentary on the historic game.


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