We Believe In Us

"WE BELIEVE IN US is an intriguing true story of a once prominent inner city football power located on the southwest side of Dayton, Ohio. In a breathtaking manner this raw documentary brilliantly transport you through the daily saga, and life a young coach, his staff, and his players during their unpredictable 2015 season. This story simultaneously captures the realism of generational poverty, stigma, stereotypes, and promise while embracing the power of hope and survival. This documentary will have you sitting on the edge of your seat rooting for all to overcome the slim odds of earning academic & athletic scholarships, or just a safe path out the hood! Dunbar High School where disappointment is often undefeated provoked this team to make a promise to themselves, when no one else in the world believes in us...We Believe In Us."

  • Alfred Powell
    Director
  • Steven Mallory
    Director
  • Alfred Powell
    Writer
  • Alfred Powell
    Producer
  • Steven Mallory
    Producer
  • Darran Powell
    Key Cast
  • Jade Pruitt
    Key Cast
  • Terrance Landers
    Key Cast
  • Jeffery Pooler Jr.
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Drama, Sports Documentary, Sports, nonfiction
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 14 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 6, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,800 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Alfred Powell, Steven Mallory

Founder and CEO of Treel Beats Entertainment Coach Alfred E. Powell is a football coach for Dayton Dunbar High School, a Community Activist and Change agent. Most of he's a loving husband & father

Coach Alfred E. Powell serves as:
Stock & Supply Clerk for Montgomery County, Dayton, Ohio.
Football Offensive Coordinator for Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Dayton, Ohio.
Producer & director for Treel beats Entertainment, Dayton, Ohio
Writer, director & producer of the documentary; “We Believe in Us” 2017

For 36 years, through his affiliation with his father & uncle (both career coaches for Dayton Public Schools), Coach Powell affectionally known as Coach Al J, has been involved in sports, creating football highlight films since the tender age of six. He would sit for hours watching and assisting his father as a child. As did his father & uncle he served as Dunbar football team ball boy through his childhood as did his cousins Albert Eugene & Darran Powell. As a young child, Al J developed his love and enthusiasm for coaching football especially Dunbar football teams; the only football team in the world that can rival his love for Dunbar is his beloved Cleveland Browns. Coach Al J has always helped to tackle the most critical issues facing his student athletes & their families. He’s contributed to resolving issues concerning homelessness, hunger, unemployment & underemployment, transportation issues, juvenile court, probation & drug court related matters. His groundbreaking documentary “We Believe in Us” is a daring insight into the life of inner city youth and the men who attempt to mold, hold and when necessary scold them. His advocacy and innovation have empowered coaches, parents, and educators to understand and assist troubled youth in turning their struggles into triumph!

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