Through the Banks of the Red Cedar, a play on the Michigan State University fight song, follows the 50 year legacy of the filmmaker’s father, legendary Vikings wide-receiver Gene Washington (College Football Hall of Fame, Big Ten Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award, Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame, 50 Greatest Vikings Honoree) from the segregated South to MSU alongside highly decorated teammates Bubba Smith (Defensive Lineman), George Webster (Rover Back) and Clinton Jones (Running Back) as they become members of the first fully integrated football team in America, later making history as first round picks in the 1967 Draft.

The film unfolds through the eyes of the filmmaker, Maya Washington, Gene's youngest daughter, as she uncovers her father's journey and the impact of this legacy on the present generation. Maya traces her father's footsteps from the segregated south to the north, over the course of a modern football season. As she uncovers both the triumphs and defeats of her father's team, she develops a newly formed appreciation  for the game and a deeper connection to her father, just in time to witness MSU Spartan Football team ascend to national prominence 50 years later.

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Official Selection

Detroit Free Press Freep Film Festival

Louisiana International Film Festival

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

Rochester International Film Festival

Bentonville Film festival

Color of Conversation Film Series, AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival

Recent Community & Institutional Screenings

University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN

College of Saint Scholastica, Duluth, MN

Minnesota State University Mankato, Mankato, MN

West Michigan Spartans Alumni Wealthy Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

MSP Film Society at the Capri Theater, Minneapolis, MN

Showbiz Cinemas, Baytown, TX

California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, CA

DFW Spartans Cafe Izmir, Dallas, TX

College Football Hall of Fame Museum, Atlanta, GA

Minnesota Vikings Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, Eagan, MN

ASU Global Sport Institute Summit, Phoenix, CA