Hall vs. Conard ‘All in the Family’ Football Documentary Returns

Back row (L-R): Frank Robinson III, Rob Cersosimo, Matt Cersosimo. Seated (L-R) Frank Robinson, Robert McKee. Photo courtesy of Matthew Vinick

Matthew Vinick’s documentary about the spirited rivalry between West Hartford’s ‘first families’ of football premiered last December, and will have a showing at Hall High School on Nov. 25, 2015.

Back row (L-R): Frank Robinson III, Rob Cersosimo, Matt Cersosimo. Seated (L-R) Frank Robinson, Robert McKee. Photo courtesy of Matthew Vinick

Standing (L-R): Frank Robinson III, Rob Cersosimo, Matt Cersosimo. Seated (L-R) Frank Robinson II, Robert McKee. Photo courtesy of Matthew Vinick

By Ronni Newton

“All in the Family” – Matthew Vinick’s documentary about the Hall vs. Conard football rivalry and the families that make it unique – will return to West Hartford for a second screening on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, at 7 p.m., in the Hall High School auditorium.

It was several years in the making, but when Vinick’s work was complete last fall, he had crafted a documentary that perfectly and passionately weaves the tale of the families, relationships, and the decades-long storied rivalry between Hall and Conard on the football field.

Hundreds came to Conard on Dec. 20, 2014, to view the film about the three generations of McKee, Cersosimo, and Robinson families that have dominated football in West Hartford since 1957. The documentary is about more than just football – it’s about West Hartford, the schools, and the spirit of great and respected competition.

“I am very proud of this film and I think it is a must-see for any resident of West Hartford. You will never think about the Hall – Conard rivalry the same way again,” said Vinick, an independent sports television producer who is also a 1992 graduate of Conard.

The film will be even more poignant this year, following the passing of Frank Robinson in February 2015 at the age of 91.

The film follows the 2013 teams as they prepare for their annual clash, while exploring history of the rivalry from its beginning in 1957. It also explores the connections between the two coaching families – the Robinsons and the McKees/Cersosimos – whose incredible relationship and leadership have shaped this rivalry.

Vinick said he has made a few edits since the documentary was shown last December. Most will not be obvious, but he said that he has also made a few additions. “There is a bit more to know about the first touchdown play from Hall at the game in 2013. Don’t want to give too much away,” Vinick said.

Vinick said he is working on some new projects, including one about Farmington River fly fishing – one of his favorite habits. “When I am not working or spending time with my wife Elizabeth, there is a good chance you can find me on the river with a fly rod in my hand,” he said.

There is no charge for the screening, but donations to the Hall and Conard football programs will be accepted.

For more details about the film, click here. A trailer is also available for viewing on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfO7BrxZHk0

Questions can be directed to Matthew Vinick of Vinick Productions, LLC at 203-918-1136 or mvinick@hotmail.com.

The movie “Hall vs. Conard: All in the Family” is produced and directed by Matthew Vinick, independent sports television producer and 1992 graduate of Conard High School. Matthew has worked for NBC Sports, ESPN and CBS Sports on such events as The Tour de France, Professional Bull Riders, NHL, NCAA Football, and the Dakar Rally.

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