A potent story and slice of history that was closely held by Mr. Jackson. An incredibly uplifting and an important slice of history that will never be able to be told again once he is gone. He’s ready now.
After several decades in the world of golf, and throughout those decades turning down requests from writers, producers, historians and sports enthusiasts, Mr. Jackson is ready to tell the story of his life. A life of extraordinary triumph in the face of almost insurmountable obstacles.
Carl’s story is a journey that spans six decades of American and golf history. He is the last man standing from a long last era. When he is gone, there goes a part of history and a unique story that can never be told again.
The experiences he had throughout his life- what he saw, the times he lived through, what he did, most of which took place within the confines of one of, if not, thee most revered athletic institutions in America- Augusta National/The Masters.
He does not want to tell his story through the prism of blame, anger, accusation, or to incite controversy. Quite the opposite. He is adamant that the story of his life reflect the goodness and miracle of it all. To honor and recognize the people who helped him Rise Above. To talk about how the opportunities that were afforded to him in life because of the game of golf, not in spite of it, led him out of a path that was surely pre-ordained before he was born. He wants to tell the story of his life, a journey interwoven through decades of civil, social, and political unrest and tension. His personal victories and defeats have and will inspire others.
RISE ABOVE is not solely the story of golf, nor of Augusta, nor Ben Crenshaw- per se. It is instead, the story of Carl Jackson's life in totality. It will tell the story of how he faced- and overcame- with great dignity, dedication, hard-work, tenacity, gentleness and strength of character, every obstacle that an uneducated, poor, black, 10-year-old boy, from the deep south faced during the decades that changed the face of America A documentary presented to you by the International Award-Winning company Sheridan Road Productions.
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