HS football: Full-length sports film to be created in Idaho Falls

September 20, 2018

A full-length film based on a 1960s football team from in Idaho Falls is being produced.

The film, titled “A Perfect Season” and based on the book “A Promise Kept” will be filmed in Idaho Falls and will feature the story of former Skyline varsity football coach Vernon Ravsten, Ravsten Stadium and the 1967 Skyline football team.

The film will officially be announced Saturday at noon, two hours before the annual Emotion Bowl between Skyline and Idaho Falls High School.

A press conference will be held in the old Skyline locker room in the southwest building next to Ravsten Stadium, according to a press release given to the Post Register. Former players and members will also meet Friday at 7 p.m.

Winterstate Entertainment — a three-person team, according to its website — will be involved in the project. The production company’s film “Brother’s Keeper” is planned to release in March of 2019. It will be produced by start-up partnership Promise Productions and made up of film professionals from HaleStorm Entertainment and HaleStone Distribution based out of Orem, Utah.

The project’s total budget is $2 million.

“‘A Promise Kept’ follows the long tradition of feel-good sports films which analyzes the unsung hero in all of us,” according to a production pamphlet given to the Post Register. “These films have proven themselves successful in the marketplace time and time again.”

“A Promise Kept” was a book written in 2000 chronicling the story of Vernon Ravsten, a former Skyline coach who died from liver cancer in 1968 at age 38.

After finishing 2-8 during his fourth season as Skyline’s coach, Ravsten was diagnosed with Hepatitis in April of 1967, the production pamphlet says, before being diagnosed with liver cancer before the season.

The book chronicles the 1967 season as Skyline chases an undefeated season.

“The legacy left by Vernon Ravsten is one of great (importance) and example to those lucky enough to have known and as a result, loved him,” the book’s introduction states. “He will never be a national hero or a renowned leader except in the circles in which he traveled.”

For more information regarding the film, contact Bruce Couch at 385-229-5712 or email bjcouch49@gmail.com.

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