Yes We Can: American Stories of Hope

Yes We Can: American Stories of Hope

Qasim Basir is a young filmmaker living in New York City who has been inspired by Barack Obama. In an article on The Huffington Post, Qasim wrote that, “He has inspired me, a usually self-motivated individual, to try to be a better person overall. I sometimes find myself in situations where I have a choice to do my best or just get by. And something in me refers back to something Obama may have said about making this country better. Then I realize that if I can do better in all of my endeavors and we all do the same as a collective nation, this place can actually get better.”

As a filmmaker, Qasim wanted to do something in support of the man that he so admired. By chance, one of his filmmaker friends in Los Angeles, Mike Lynch, was thinking along the same lines. Late one night, Qasim received a call from Lynch in his small Manhattan studio. Lynch said, “Qasim, we need to do something to support Obama.” That call sparked a flame in Qasim that inspired him to stay up all night and draft some ideas for a short film series. He wanted the series of short films to capture the quality that he most admired about Barack Obama.

It was by no means easy for Qasim to achieve his vision. It took everything that he and Lynch had to pull together enough resources to be able to finish the series of films. Along the way, they received free assistance from some usually highly paid professionals and raised most of the financial support for the film series through friends’ donations. Qasim feels that, “That’s why what we did here is so significant. We took a page out of Obama’s book and were successful at it. Almost like a prototype, test, or a living example of how his plan for this country can really work. A grass roots effort, people pulling together with a common purpose, even without all the necessary means, can make something positive and significant happen. I like to say that we accomplished this with nothing but Hope.”

Entitled The Inspiration of Barack: “Yes We Can” Film Series, Qasim refers to them as “Seven American Stories of Hope.” Each of the short films is about different people who, in the face of suffering and hardships in their lives, were inspired by Obama to confront their hardships and take an essential step forward. Each of the titles begins with Yes We Can, which is followed by College, Economy, Family, Housing, Immigration, Vote and War.

A screening of The Inspiration of Barack: “Yes We Can” Film Series, along with a “behind the scenes” video, is scheduled to place at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 12th at Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick St., New York City).

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Tiny Wofford College Defeats The University of Montana in the NCAA FCS Playoffs

Updates:

  • Wofford is leading The University of Montana 10-6 , with 1:03 left to play in the half. With 24-seconds left to play in the half, Montana makes the score 13-10. At the end of the half, Montana leads by a score of 13-10.
  • Fourth quarter, 10:42 to play, Montana is leading by a score of 16-10. Wofford’s now threatening to score, has the ball at Montana’s 6-yard line. Josh Collier throws a pass to Strickland for a Wofford touchdown!! Wofford now leads The University of Montana by a score of 17-16!!
  • Montana returns with a quick touchdown, but the two-point conversion failed, , making the score 22-17. Wofford now trails by 5 points.
  • 36 seconds to play, Wofford Terriers have a first-down on the Montana 6 yard-line.
  • With 32 seconds left, Wofford scores again!! Wofford now leads Montana by a score of 23-22.
  • It’s all coming down to a 48-yard Montana field goal kick. Field goal kick is MISSED!!
  • Wofford College defeats The University of Montana by a score of 23-22!!

Final Scoreboard: Wofford 23, Montana 22

 

Wofford Defeats The University of Montana

Official Recap of the Game:

Wofford College traveled west and came back home with a 23-22 win over previously undefeated Montana. Wofford will host a Quarterfinal NCAA FCS Playoff game next Saturday at Gibbs Stadium at home in Spartaanburg (SC). Wofford is now 9-3 on the season, while the Big Sky Conference Champion Grizzlies ended the season at 11-1.

Wofford was led by Kevious Johnson with 145 yards rushing on 20 carries. Dane Romero, Andy Strickland and Michael Hobbs had touchdowns, while Patrick Mugan had a field goal. Montana was led by Lex Hilliard with 123 yards on 29 carries.

I am proud of our players, proud of the staff and we hung together,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “The caliber of players and coaches here is something that we really admire. They are fundamentally sound and have no weakness. It was an awesome crowd that was tough and classy. We knew that to win, we were going to need to do it together. The kids kept playing and executing and the perimeter blocking was exceptional. The offense played well, and the defense came up big with limiting them to field goals.”

Montana won the opening coin toss and elected to defer to the second half. On the first play from scrimmage for the Terriers, Kevious Johnson fumbled the ball, which was recovered by the Grizzlies. The Wofford defense started strong and forced a three-and-out by the Montana offense. On the next drive by the Terriers, the offense gained one first down before Josh Collier was intercepted by Reggie Bradshaw. The Terriers defense continued to stop the Grizzlies, as Jared McCollough came up with a sack and Montana was forced to punt again. The Terriers offense settled down and drove 80 yards in 16 plays and scored on a 31-yard field goal by Patrick Mugan. Wofford took a 3-0 lead with 1:27 left in the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, the Grizzlies were able to tie the game with a 37-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter at 14:45. Back on offense, Wofford was able to put together a nine play drive that was capped by a 3-yard touchdown run by Dane Romero at 10:07. However, Montana scored on their next drive when Dan Carpenter made a 25-yard field goal at 5:51 in the second quarter. Wofford was forced three-and-out on their next possession and punted. Following the punt, Montana scored on a nine yard pass from Cole Bergquist to Dan Beaudin with 24 seconds left in the half for a 13-10 lead.

Montana had the ball to start the second half. After gaining one first down, the Wofford defense held and on a fake punt prevented the first down. Following a first down gained by Josh Collier, the Terriers turned the ball over for the third time in the game when Collier was intercepted by Quinton Jackson. After the turnover, the Wofford defense once again stepped up to the challenge and after a sack by Seth Goldwire forced a three-and-out. Wofford was able to gain three first downs, but were stopped on a fourth-and-six, turning the ball over on downs.

Montana drove Wofford to the one-yard line, but had to settle for a 24-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter for a 16-10 lead at 12:59 in the fourth quarter. After the score, Wofford was able to complete the first pass of the day, a 34-yard completion to Andy Strickland at 12:43 in the fourth quarter. The drive continued with a fourth-and-five from the six yard line when Josh Collier found Andy Strickland in the left corner of the endzone for the touchdown. Wofford took a 17-16 lead with 7:47 left in the game.

The lead was short-lived as Lex Hilliard scored from one-yard out with six minutes to go in the game. The two-point conversion attempt was incomplete, giving Montana a 22-17 lead. Wofford responded with a six yard touchdown run up the middle by Michael Hobbs with only 32 seconds left in the game. The two-point attempt was ruled incomplete, giving Wofford a 23-22 lead. But Montana still had time, moving the ball to the 30-yard line with four seconds left. The 47-yard field goal attempt by Montana’s Dan Carpenter was wide left as time expired, giving Wofford the win.

The Terriers advance in the NCAA FCS Playoffs and will be at home next weekend against The University of Richmond.

The Final Boxscore is here.

Background:

Wofford College, the smallest college in NCAA Division I, is facing The University of Montana on Saturday, November 24 at 2:05 p.m. ET in the first round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs. The game will mark the second time in the past five years that the Wofford Terriers have advanced to the Playoffs. Wofford won the Southern Conference automatic bid to the Playoffs.

This has been a very blessed season,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “We have a great group of players who fight the fight. I think we have the best coaching staff in America, who are very committed to the program. The Wofford faithful have been behind us all the way this season as well. The week off has given us a chance to get healthy and work on the fundamentals.

The University of Northern Iowa University (11-0) tops the bracket as the top seed after capturing the automatic qualifying berth from the Gateway Football Conference. Second-seeded McNeese State University (11-0) captured the Southland Conference automatic berth. The University of Montana (11-0), which is making its 18th tournament appearance, is the number-three seed. Rounding out this year’s seeded teams are Southern Illinois University (10-1) with the number- four seed, Appalachian St. (9-2), Delaware (8-3), Massachusetts (9-2) and Richmond (9-2).

Interested readers can learn more about the Wofford Terrier’s football season here.

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