A project that has been years in the making will hit the big screen in Lufkin next week as “Outlaw: Life, Death and Texas Football” will be shown at Cinemark Theaters from April 8-10.
The documentary will be shown at 7 each night and tickets will go on sale for the general public as well as students starting this week. Tickets will be $5 each and all proceeds will go to the John Outlaw Foundation, which is specifically designated for scholarships to help Lufkin High School students.
Students and faculty can purchase tickets during all three lunch periods on Wednesday.
Tickets will then be available for sale later in the day for the general public. They will be sold from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday at the Lufkin High School Football ticket window.
Those tickets that aren’t sold will be available April 4-6 from 4-7 p.m. each day.
The documentary will be shown at the largest theater Cinemark has available, which will hold 260 viewers.
“When we set out to make a documentary about a coach of this caliber, we knew we had a daunting task in capturing the essence of something so powerful and special,” filmmaker Matt Skinner said in a press release. “To find that message and transcribe it to film, to try to catch even the slightest piece of what remains was our duty and our calling. The film is for all the children that will never have the chance to be coached by John Outlaw.”
Outlaw was a legendary coach who has the most wins in Lufkin High School football history. He also brought the school its only state championship in 2001.
He died of a heart attack after a morning jog on Dec. 23, 2011.
The film has been a lengthy process, which started when camera crews followed the 2005 team.
It will follow the team’s recovery from Outlaw’s death when the Panthers advanced to the regional quarterfinals in the first year under Todd Quick, who was a longtime defensive coordinator under Outlaw.
“This has been a long process and the most committed person to this has been Matt Skinner,” Quick said. “He’s been totally consumed with this for several years and outside of his family, it’s been the No. 1 thing in his life. We’ve been sitting around waiting while he’s done all the work. We’re very grateful to him and we’re really excited to see it.”
In time dating back to Outlaw’s days in Arkansas, Quick served as his assistant coach for 26 years.
Quick said Outlaw had a huge impact on both is professional and personal life.
“I was very lucky to work with him for 26 years,” Quick said. “He had a huge impact on my family, my wife and my kids. He was a huge part of my life and I still miss him.”
Quick said he is confident the film will show exactly what Outlaw meant to the Lufkin community.
“It’s going to be tough on all of us,” Quick said. “It will be tough on the community, friends and family. But it’s a celebration of what he’s done. We have full faith in what Matt has done and how he’s portrayed. It’s going to be emotional for all of us.”