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As a newly arrived Cuban immigrant, 10-year-old Carlos Álvarez felt the sting of discrimination, but soon found a way to combat it: football. Excelling at a sport few immigrants played, “the Cuban Comet” became a record-smashing receiver at the University of Florida and an inspiration to others struggling to adapt to life in a new country.
Playing at the height of the turbulent 1960s, Álvarez spoke out for athletes’ rights and civil rights and against the war in Vietnam, positions that often put him at odds with university administrators, his coaches, and the media.
THE ALL-AMERICAN chronicles the story of this forgotten trailblazer — one of only two Latin-born members of the College Football Hall of Fame — who showed everyone that being an American has less to do with where you are born than fighting for what you believe.
Gaspar González has produced and directed documentary programming for PBS, the BBC, ESPN, TV One, and others. His credits include the national PBS release Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami, the Grantland short doc Gay Talese's Address Book, and the ESPN 30 for 30 Short The Guerrilla Fighter. His most recent films are Havana House — an official selection of AFI Docs — and A Long Way from Home: The Untold Story of Baseball's Desegregation, a cable network premiere in 2018. His work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Cinematheque, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Castor Fernandez has produced and directed documentary programming for ESPN, Netflix, NBC Sports, ESPN Deportes, and Grantland. He’s also developed programming for Facebook, History Channel, Travel Channel, A&E, Discovery Channel, and has produced television content for HGTV, Bravo, and Lifetime. His credits include the ESPN 30 for 30 film Brothers in Exile and Dark Horses, a chronicle of 1989’s epic race for the Triple Crown, which aired nationally on NBC in 2018. He was a recipient of the 2014 Emmy® award for Outstanding Sports Documentary Series for his work within ESPN’s 30 for 30 series.