From the Rough

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From the Rough
From the Rough FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Pierre Bagley
Produced by Pierre Bagley
Michael J. Critelli[1]
Kevin E. Hooks[2]
Written by Michael A. Critelli
Pierre Bagley
Starring Taraji P. Henson
Tom Felton
Michael Clarke Duncan
Henry Simmons
LeToya Luckett
Justin Chon
Cinematography Giorgio Scali
Edited by Guy Ross
From The Rough Productions [1]
Distributed by Freestyle Releasing
Release dates
Country United States
Language English
Budget almost $7 million[3]

From the Rough is a sports drama film based on the true story of Catana Starks, a former Tennessee State Tigers swim coach, who became the first woman ever to coach a college men’s golf team. With drive, passion, and guts, she took an unruly group of mismatched kids from around the world and guided them to an all-time record at the PGA National Collegiate Minority Championship.

Tasked with building Tennessee State’s first golf team and finding only one available African American golfer – Craig, a former caddy with plenty of talent but no confidence – Catana Starks pushes outside TSU’s Historically Black context, and, against huge resistance, opens up the roster to underprivileged kids from around the world. The film stars Taraji P. Henson as Coach Starks, as well as Tom Felton, Michael Clarke Duncan and LeToya Luckett. The film was co-written by Michael A. Critelli and Pierre Bagley and directed by Bagley.



Executive producer Michael J. Critelli discovered the story that is the basis for the film in 2004, and spent over five years and "several hundred thousand dollars" acquiring the rights to film it and getting a screenplay,[4] which was co-written by his son Michael A. Critelli.[5]

Principal photography began in New Orleans on October 4, 2010,[2] using the Dillard University campus as the main location.[3] Principal photography was completed in early 2011.

On July 1, 2011, the film had a preview screening at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans;[6] it was also shown on Labor Day weekend at the "2011 Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion" in Orlando, FL[7] and October 5, 2011 at the International Black Film Festival in Nashville, Tennessee;[3] It was originally scheduled for a February 3, 2012 theatrical release[3][4]


  1. ^ a b McNary, Dave (February 23, 2011). "Pair team for urban pix". Variety. Retrieved 2012-09-04. Gyre recently wrapped principal photography on golfing drama From the Rough, starring Taraji P. Henson, Tom Felton, Michael Clarke Duncan and LeToya Luckett. 
  2. ^ a b McNary, Dave (August 5, 2010). "Taraji P. Henson swings for golf drama". Variety. Retrieved 2012-09-04. Taraji P. Henson will star in indie sports drama From the Rough, with production set to start in New Orleans on Oct. 4.... Critelli and Kevin E. Hooks will exec produce. 
  3. ^ a b c d DeVille, Nancy (September 26, 2011). "Hollywood tells story of female Tenn. State men's golf coach". The Tennessean (USA Today). Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  4. ^ a b Obenson, Tambay A. (March 1, 2012). "Director Pierre Bagley Talks To S&A About "From The Rough" Release Problems + Reply From The Opposition". Shadow and Act (blog). IndieWire. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  5. ^ Official website
  6. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. (June 12, 2011). "From The Rough Preview Screening At Essence Music Festival Next Month". Shadow and Act (blog). IndieWire. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
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