After the first touchdown, the crowd was a little less racist, and after
the second touchdown, they were Almost Cured”. Almost Cured is an
honest, personalized account about racial integration in a small
North Carolina Appalachian community in the midst of the U.S. Civil
Rights Movement in 1963. Against a distressing backdrop of the South
in tumultuous upheaval with widespread protests, bombings, deaths,
and thousands of arrests, the teenage African-American players on the
newly-integrated high school football team have the “weight of the
world on their shoulders” as the team and community navigate to the
championship game. Told through firsthand recollections and archival
media, this heartfelt and revealing 30-minute documentary
acknowledges that although we were and still are just ‘Almost
Cured’, there is hope if we focus on what unites us.

Poster for screening at Brevard high School on October 15, 2018 as part of the 150th celebrations.

Screenings & Awards


  1 Jan 2019. Southern States Indie FanFilmFest, Biloxi, MS

 3 Nov 2018. Boone Film Festival. Boone, NC

15 Oct 2018. Brevard’s 150th Anniversary, Brevard, NC

13 Oct 2018. Indigo Moon Film Festival. Fayetteville, NC

 6 Oct 2018. Tryon International Film Festival. Tryon, NC

17 Sep 2018. Global Peace Film Festival Online. Orlando, FL

15 Sep 2018. Knox Film Fest. Knoxville, TN

15 Sep 2018. Full Bloom Film Festival. Statesville, NC

 8 Sep 2018. Asheville Film Festival, Asheville, NC

 8 Aug 2018. FAM Fest International Film Festival, Charlotte,NC

14 Jun 2018. Cape Fear Independent Film Festival, Wilmington, NC

12 May 2018. Longleaf Film Festival, Raleigh, NC

21 Apr 2018. Ozark Foothills FilmFest, Batesville, AR

24 Feb 2018. Beaufort International Film Festival. Beaufort, SC

16 Feb 2018. Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival. Flagstaff, AZ

15 Jan 2018. Chandler International Film Festival. Chandler, AZ


Best Documentary Short, Ozark Foothills FilmFest, Batesville, AR. Apr. 2018

Outstanding Documentary Award, FAM Fest International Film Festival, Charlotte, NC. Aug. 2018

Best Documentary Non/fiction of the Month. Direct Short Online Film Festival. Dec. 2017

Silver Award. Spotlight Documentary Film Awards. Dec. 2017

Coach Cliff Brookshire tallking to his team in the locker room.

Story Tellers

Cliff Brookshire (Coach)

Coach Brookshire graduated from Sand Hill High School in North Carolina where he was named “Outstanding Player” in the first annual Optimist Bowl. After high school, he played football for Asheville-Biltmore College before playing for the U.S. Army football team while stationed at Fort Jackson, SC. In 1955 he graduated from Wake Forest College where he played football as a proud Demon Deacon. After college his 16 year teaching and coaching career included Canton, Owen, Brevard, Tuscola, and Enka High Schools. While at Brevard, Coach Brookshire led one of North Carolina’s first integrated high school football teams to a state championship in 1963. He also led Brevard to state championships in 1960 and 1962. In 2003, he was inducted into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame. What meant the most to Coach Brookshire was the relationships he built with his players, many of whom became life-long friends. After his teaching and coaching career, Cliff spent 20 years in Transylvania County real estate. Cliff passed away peacefully at his home with his wife Nancy by his side on the afternoon of April 9, 2017.

Nancy Brookshire (Teacher, Team Historian)

Nancy was born in Buncombe County, NC. She was a 1949 graduate of Sand Hill High School and of the Women’s College of the University of North Carolina (now UNC-Greensboro) in 1953. Much of her life was devoted to teaching school and she taught 31 years, mostly in Haywood and Transylvania counties. She loved teaching physical education best but also taught math and science. She was elected North Carolina’s Physical Education Teacher of the Year in 1989 and was a member of the NEA and NCAE. In 1952, she married her high school sweetheart, Cliff Brookshire, and enjoyed supporting his football teams at Canton, Owen, Brevard, Tuscola, and Enka. Nancy.went to be with her Lord on September 27, 2017

Dr. Keith Elliott (Player)

Keith went on to play at Western Carolina and was named to the small college all-America team. He eventually became the pastor of a baptist church in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Lloyd Fisher (Player)

Lloyd was a native of Brevard and a graduate of Brevard High where he had the privilege of playing on one of the first integrated football teams in North Carolina and the 1963 State Championship Football team coached by Cliff Brookshire. Lloyd also played in the 1963 Shrine Bowl Game. He continued his education at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he was a fierce linebacker for the Tar Heels. After a brief period of coaching and teaching, Lloyd entered the real estate profession. Fisher Reality eventually became one of the leading real estate firms in Western North Carolina. Lloyd passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

Tommy Kilgore (President, Transylvania County NAACP Chapter)

Tommy was still in middle school when Brevard High School integrated in 1963. He received a degree in Business Administration in California and worked in various companies before eventually returning to Brevard, Now semi-retired, Tommy is President of the local chapter of the NAACP.

Dr. Betty Reed (Historian, Author)

Dr. Reed is the author of School Segregation in Western North Carolina: A History, 1860s–1970s, The Brevard Rosenwald School: An Historical Case Study, and The Brevard Rosenwald School: Black Education and Community Building in a Southern Appalachian Town, 1920-1966. A retired public school educator, Betty Jamerson Reed has also taught at the Transylvania Center of Blue Ridge Community College and at Brevard College and supervised teachers-in-training for Western Carolina University. She lives in Transylvania County, North Carolina.

Paul Gardin Scruggs (Player)

Paul is retired after a long career with UPS and lives in the Greensboro, NC area.

Moby Sorrells (Local Fan)

Moby watched his first Brevard football game as a 9-year-old in 1944. He has not missed one since. His streak will hit 1000 games during the 2018 football season. Sorrels was given a ring as a gift from the football program for his loyalty – with an engraving that reads “No.1 fan.” Sorrels played football for the Blue Devils from 1951 to 1954 – back when the stadium was located where the current library stands. After graduation, he began working on the sideline as a member of the chain gang, the officiating crew that manages the yardage poles on Friday nights. “If I’m not at a game, I’m probably in real trouble. Football is what I live for.” He lives in Brevard, North Carolina. (excerpted from an article by David Thompson, Asheville Citizen Times, Sept. 20, 2017)

Keith Elliott talking to his teammates.



Tom Dierolf, PhD. is “semi-retired” and teaches ESL to immigrants and refugees in Alamance County, NC. Formerly, a training/research facilitator at a World Heritage Site in Israel, he has over 30 years of international/US experience in rural community development in the agricultural, conservation, and education sectors, including 12 years in Appalachia. Tom has published photos from several NCAA Division I sports and a professional NFL game. A first-time filmmaker, he combined his passions for social justice, visual arts, sports, history, and Appalachia to make Almost Cured. Tom received a Certificate in Documentary Studies at Duke University in 2016.


Durward Rogers is a filmmaker with an interest in scientific and technical documentaries. He started practicing film photography at the age of nine and has used Photoshop and digital cameras since they were first released. Before earning his Certificate in the Documentary Arts, Rogers spent twenty-five years as a computer graphics engineer, working on such projects as the world’s fastest graphics supercomputer and the original Xbox. He is currently working on a film about climate change.

NAACP Chapter of Transylvania County was founded with the mission of adding to the cause of racial equality its commitment to equality for all: voters, women, students, the LGBT community, immigrants, workers, taxpayers, those in need of health care and all people of color.

Assistant Editor/Colorist

Sérgio Miguel Silva

Sound Editor

Melissa Pons is a sound designer and sound recordist based in Stockholm, with work ranging from documentaries to feature films. While specializing and focusing on sound, the building of a multidisciplinary approach involving anthropology and ethnology, physics, biology and literature has been fundamental to create work towards a most sensorial and profound experience.

Final editing and film festival submissions were made possible through the generous support of 54 backers who helped us raise 104% of the Indiegogo campaign target.

Executive Producer

Carter Heyward & Susan Sasser


Gene & Sally Baker

Frances & Ben Collins-Sussman

Mac & Veronica Morrow

Associate Producer

Sitarih Ala’i & Ruhy Soraya              Kathleen Barnes

Trip Barthel & Cindy Savage           Karina Dierolf & Jake Saunders

Yohana Dierolf                                   William R. Horwath

Jim Lukens                                          Steve Muntz

Robert & Denise Pyke Porter            Charles Durward Rogers

Mikki Sager                                          Kristopher Sheldon

Joshua Wark


Lalit M. Arya                                         Leslie P. Borhaug

Prentiss Brewer                                   Daniel & Kristen Brookshire

Rita Carr                                              Sally Causey

Kathy Colverson                                Jonathan Cooper

Maureen Copelof                              Pam DeAngelis

Ginger Deason & Luis  Carrasco    Jenni Edney

Sheila Galloway                                 Cindy Gieger

Matt & Eliza Gieger                            Julia Harold

John Jessen                                       Nicola Karesh

Julie Lawhorn                                     Dan Lincoln

Leslie Loeffel                                       Nash Roberts

Charles A. Parker                               Mary Snow

Susan R. Stengel                                Jean Thomason

Tom Welbourn                                   Laura & Paul Williams