A documentary emerges from a youth's love of lacrosse
When Fox Lane Varsity Lacrosse coach Paul Carcaterra spotted Bedford eighth grader, Alex Weber, on the field more than a decade ago, he pulled him up into the high-school program. “Coach Carcaterra had a huge impact on my life,” explains the 27-year-old actor, host, and filmmaker. “I am so passionate about the sport that I bleed lacrosse.” After Fox Lane, Weber played Academic All-American for the University of Pennsylvania and continues to feed his love for the sport by coaching at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles.
Carcaterra, now an analyst for ESPN, runs a highly competitive lacrosse spotlight event, Showtime, for high-school lacrosse players who hope to play in college. As a coach, Weber learned that at Showtime, recruiters from all Division I college teams watch and evaluate prospects. The storyteller in him immediately recognized an opportunity to combine his two loves—entertainment and lacrosse.
“High-school lacrosse has become so popular that we now have thousands of kids vying for only 650 spots nationwide,” explains Weber who, along with his partner Rob Mor at Beast Entertainment, created and directed Committed. The film follows four young prospects, including Fox Lane’s Colin Smith, as they compete for a college bid. “Never before have the answers been provided to competitors before the test, like they are in our film. The coaches from Cornell, Penn, Notre Dame, and UNC literally tell you what they are looking for,” Weber continues. “If you want to play lacrosse in college—or if you simply love the sport, you should watch this film.” committedthemovie.com