FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A new short film will pay tribute to Owen Scheele, the Carroll High School quarterback who died unexpectedly in 2022 at the age of 17.
“For Owen” is a 46-minute documentary-style movie directed by Grant Giszewski, a Carroll alum, and will debut at Carroll High School on Nov. 24.
On Monday night, a limited number of free tickets for a 7:00 p.m. showing were available on Eventbrite before selling out, but more free tickets for a second showing at 9:00 p.m. became available on Eventbrite Tuesday.
In June of 2022, Scheele was air-lifted to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, where he was diagnosed with leukemia.
He did not recover.
His memory fueled the Chargers to an undefeated regular season and the team’s first state championship game.
Scheele’s mom, Stephanie, reacts to short film
WANE 15 spoke with Scheele’s mom, Stephanie, who said she’s grateful for the short film and Giszewski’s dedication to his story.
“Sure, we have pictures, we have things on our phones, but to put this together and to summarize the beauty of the season and the team and the coaches is something we’ll never, you know, we couldn’t do on our own,” Stephanie Scheele said.
Stephanie Scheele on what audiences can take away from the film:
“For us, the opportunity to see Owen’s love, the love for the sport, the love for his teammates, his coaches, the community, I think it’s pretty evident in the movie that you see that,” Stephanie Scheele said. “But that’s Owen’s legacy. He loved everyone, and it’s captured well in the film. He didn’t know a stranger. He was goofy as all get-out.”
WANE 15 will have more on this film in the coming days.