Filmmaker's dream comes true with story of Virginia soccer star Kurt Kuykendall
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Through a series of chance encounters, two filmmakers are fulfilling their lifelong ambitions by telling the story of how sports star Kurt Kuykendall accomplished his dream.
"For the Glory" has finished shooting at locations throughout Fairfax County, and the feature film is about to go into postproduction.
When Chris Rogers, 53, of Fairfax Station founded CDR Communications -- an Annandale film, television and radio production company -- in 1984, he made a list of nine projects he wanted to accomplish. They included goals in television, radio and film production.
During the next 26 years, he completed those goals, except for one: His last unfulfilled dream was to produce a feature film.
Thousands of miles away in Singapore, veteran film director Donald Leow, 47, always had wanted to move to the United States and ply his craft. In 2009, he decided it was time to act.
He contacted Rogers, whom he had known since 1992, when both were on the board of an international Christian-based film organization called International Christian Visual Media.
Rogers said he thought the two could work together.
Leow moved his family to Fairfax County to work with Rogers and CDR. He even lived with the Rogers family from September to December, until he could find a home for his family.
When the Leows began house hunting, they met real estate agent Kurt Kuykendall, 57.
In his youth, Kuykendall turned to sports to cope with a family tragedy. While attending American University, he was persuaded into playing intramural soccer.
He took to it immediately and went on to play for AU's varsity team, was named an All-American in 1973, and played four seasons in the North American Soccer League after being drafted by the Washington Diplomats. After one season with the Diplomats, Kuykendall was traded to the New York Cosmos, where he played alongside famed Brazilian striker Pelé.
In 2007, Kuykendall told his story to two screenwriters -- Chris and Katherine Craddock -- with whom he attends church in Fairfax. The couple wrote a screenplay about Kuykendall's life that was in need of a production crew.