Documentary filmed in 1999.
It is a tradition that every American sports event is preceded by the national anthem. But who sings it? How are they chosen? Did they get to center court by pure love of country, or desire for fame and fortune? SPANGLED documents the open auditions to sing before the Portland Trailblazers basketball games—regularly attended by 20,000 fans, ready to hiss and boo at the first flat note. The film follows two competitors through the competitive process, ending with an amazing act of patriotic spontaneity.