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Berndt Mader’s '5 Time Champion' debuts on VOD and DVD

By Kimberley Jones, 2:32PM, Tue. Oct. 9, 2012

Writer/director Berndt Mader (right) on location with stars Jon Gries and Dana Wheeler-Nicholson
Writer/director Berndt Mader (right) on location with stars Jon Gries and Dana Wheeler-Nicholson

Out on VOD and DVD today is the feature debut of writer/director Berndt Mader, a University of Texas alum. 5 Time Champion is a Texas-set coming-of-age story about a sexually confused science prodigy negotiating puberty and complicated relationships with his mom and grandparents.

The film world-premiered at SXSW 2011 and then toured the festival circuit, winning the Texas Filmmaker Award at the Dallas Film Festival. The Chronicle spoke with star Dana Wheeler-Nicholson during the film’s SXSW run:

"It was an impressive, beautiful script. It's unusual to have a movie like this in our times from someone so young," she said of Mader. "There's no irony, no trying to be hip."

5 Time Champion is now available on VOD and DVD. It’s also available in the Tugg library, so if your home flat-screen sounds too small to properly enjoy the Smithville-shot vistas, you might consider raising the flag for a theatrical screening.

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