The Bowden Dynasty: A Story of Faith, Family and Football is now available for rent or purchase on Amazon, I Tunes – Apple TV, Vimeo, Google Play or Vodoo.
You can enjoy the inspiring and entertaining documentary of Bobby Bowden’s life and Florida State’s unprecedented, 14-year reign among the top four teams in the nation for as little as $3.99 or purchase for $19.99. Half of the proceeds from the film’s digital release will be donated to Florida State to benefit Seminole Boosters, which funds collegiate athletics, and FSU’s innovative LIFT Collegiate Recovery Program.
Here’s the back story on how the acclaimed project came together.
John Corry had an idea to honor the man — Bobby Bowden — who had made his college years at Florida State so enjoyable. A filmmaker, Corry has a long list of IMDb credits for successful documentaries, including “Forks Over Knives” and “Tattoo Nation.” After talking to his former fraternity brother, FSU sports information director Rob Wilson, he called me to discuss the project and to see if I could make the introduction to Bowden.
After hearing his ideas for the film over lunch at the University Center Club — ideas that would tell the story of a historic 14-year streak of top-10 seasons with an emphasis on Bowden’s commitment to faith — I made the call to Bowden that sounded something like this:
Jerry: Hi, Coach. Jerry Kutz
Bobby: Hey, Buddy, what can I do for you?
Jerry: Coach, I got a guy who wants to produce a documentary on your run of 14-straight top 4 season’s and to include your faith message.
Bobby: Why would anyone want to do a film about me?
Jerry: I have no idea.
The three of us had a good laugh about my response to Bowden’s humility.
Bowden: I’ve got nothing going on for the next couple hours, so bring him to the house right now.
Jerry: Let’s ride, I said looking at a surprised Corry as we put our forks down on half-eaten lunches and headed out to Killearn Estates.
Twenty-five minutes later, Corry was sitting in Bowden’s living room explaining the project to his idol, promising the film would be produced independently which would prevent anyone from diluting Bowden’s message of Faith, Family and Football in that order.
Bowden liked the pitch and made the time commitment to produce the film. The film was released in theatres in 2017 to rave reviews from Bowden, former players and coaches, fans who viewed it, as well as the industry. The recent Digital HD release of the enhanced film will allow far more people access to The Bowden Dynasty: A Story of Faith, Family and Football now that it is available for rent or purchase on Amazon, I Tunes – Apple TV (52 countries), Vimeo, Google Play or Vodoo.
A significant portion of the proceeds will benefit FSU Athletics through Seminole Boosters. “Before his passing, Coach Bowden embraced the idea of giving back to the school with his legacy film,” said Corry, who together with Bowden’s longtime assistant, Sue Hall, took time to speak with us about their time with Bowden in the video below.
The feature-length film was funded by three of Corry’s fraternity brothers from the early 1980s — Rick Brawner, Scott Davis and Mike Ortoll — includes meticulous interviews with numerous celebrities including Burt Reynolds, and Kenny Chesney, coaching legends Lou Holtz, Nick Saban, Jimmy Johnson, Howard Schnellenberger, Vince Dooley, FSU assistants Mickey Andrews, Jim Gladden, Odell Haggins, Chuck Amato and George Henshaw as well as dozens of former FSU players, who credit Bowden with transforming their lives while relentlessly chasing national championships.
You’ll enjoy many rare and nostalgic images and interviews and gain insight into the Seminoles inspiring rise and historic achievement in Corry’s passion project.
To rent or purchase the video visit The Bowden Dynasty (fsu.edu)