Let ‘Em Play – Scott Marshutz – Paralympic Athletes Documentary
Scott Marshutz is the creative force behind Marshootz Productions, primarily engaged in producing documentary films. Recent shorts have tackled environmental subjects—a desalination project in Huntington Beach, CA, and endangered marine life on Mataking Island, Malaysia—and they are constantly on the lookout for stories that impact society and deserve closer examination.
Let ‘Em Play is a documentary that follows the journey of four para athletes who were given the opportunity to compete in track & field events after the state of California adopted rules for disabled high school athletes. Nearly four years after the inaugural para division debuted at the CIF State Championships, two of the athletes have advanced in international competition with one female sprinter Michelle Cross (cerebral palsy) being named to the Junior World Team and the Para Pan American Team in 2019. While their goal is be named to the U.S. Paralympic Team and compete in Tokyo in 2020, their journey is filled with peaks and valleys, including injuries, rule changes and questionable decisions made by top leadership that disrupted an entire training cycle and changed the selection process.
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