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February 3, 2009 1:34 PM

Documentary of 2008 draft featuring Owen Schmitt

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Seahawks fullback Owen Schmitt, the team's fifth-round draft choice in 2008, is part of a documentary filmed, written and directed by Adam Golomb. It hasn't been released yet, but it has been submitted for consideration for the Seattle International Film Festival.

Here's a description of the film:

"THE CALL"

Feature documentary shot February to July, 2008

An unlikely bond forms between a small-town football agent and his working-class client as they face the most important year of their lives.

"You can prepare all you want, but in the end it comes down to hope and will. Ultimately, my entire life is bet on how other people perform."
    -- Joe Flanagan, NFL agent.

Draft day, 2008

No suits, no fancy offices, no limos -- forget everything you've heard about sports agents. Joe Flanagan started representing football players 10 years ago with no experience and no money, building his company into a top 20 firm, but it's come with a heavy price.

Now, at 37 with a wife and young kids in Green Bay, he's spending 80 days a year on the road recruiting players -- a pace he can't maintain. But this year's draft could change everything -- that is, if it goes his way. But these players are different and Joe is changing -- deep bonds form and lines begin to blur between client and friend, calculated business and blind hope. Can he still trust his own judgment?

Intimately shot with one camera in 10 cities over 5 months and starring top NFL rookies Antoine Cason (San Diego Chargers), Beau Bell (Cleveland Browns) and notorious facemask-breaking college walk-on turned EA Sports Video Game cover athlete, Owen Schmitt (Seattle Seahawks), "The Call" takes a candid look at the most crucial period in the life of an NFL hopeful and the most grueling part of the job for any agent -- the harsh reality that all the training, preparation and pain comes down to a draft day phone call that may never come.

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