The Long Game wanted to make a film based on a true Texas golf story

Anytime actor José Julián (A better life) would drive past a golf course, he wanted to learn more about this world. Who played? What did they do for a living that got them into the club? He had never experienced anything like it himself.

“[The sport] seemed very exclusive and elitist,” Julián told MySA in a recent interview about his latest film. The long gamewhich had its world premiere on March 12th at the SXSW Film Festival. “It’s almost a culture in itself.”

In The long game, plays Julián Lupe Felan, one of five Mexican-American high school caddies who, with the help of coach JB Peña (Jay Hernandez), form the first golf team at San Felipe High School in Del Rio, Texas in 1955. Based on the 2012 book Mustang miracle by San Antonio attorney Humberto G. Garcia, who graduated from San Felipe in 1972, The long game follows the true story of the five boys who set out to compete against the wealthy, all-white golf teams and ultimately win the 1957 Texas State High School golf championship.

Alongside Julián for the interview with MySA were director Julio Quintana and most of the actors who portrayed the other young golfers: Gregory Diaz IV (in the heights); Miguel Angel Garcia (Promised Land); and a Houston native Christian Gallegos (American crime).


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