After working on a television piece last year, Drew Thorry had a vision: to go behind the scenes and tell the stories of high school football.
“I want to do something different,” Thorry said. “There are so many traditions involved.”
Thus, the idea to air a documentary series on high school football was hatched, and it is aptly named Traditions. It is an eight-episode series to be broadcast on SNY, and Thorry has selected New Canaan to be one of the featured teams.
Thorry will come to New Canaan to shoot on Sept. 28-30. The first day will be spent interviewing team members, the second day going around town, and on the third day, when the Rams play Fairfield Warde, the focus will be on capturing all game-day activities.
The series will run on Saturday mornings. The New Canaan piece will air on Oct. 22. Each show will run 30 minutes.
Thorry, the executive producer of fivexfive productions, will be handling all aspects of the shows.
“I want to make sure this is done right,” Thorry said. “We’re not there for highlights. We are not ESPN or MSGVarsity. We want to capture all the history of the New Canaan program, all the cool things that they do. Tell some real neat stories.”
Thorry said he will also be airing an episode on Ansonia, and use three teams from New Jersey, two from Long Island and one from New York City.
Thorry wants to try and capture every detail of a team’s history: he is mailing down a camera to former Rams quarterback Charlie Westfal, who is now playing at Washington and Lee, so his roommate can shoot him while Thorry conducts a phone interview.
“I really want this to be different,” Thorry said. “I want to get to the roots of New Canaan football. That’s why I chose them.”