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The Director: James Gartner

"Glory Road" director James Gartner, left, and David Lattin

"Glory Road" director James Gartner, left, and David Lattin were introduced to the crowd at Memorial Gym Madness in October 2005.

A well-regarded director of commercials for companies such as American Express, AT&T and FedEx, James Gartner makes his feature-film debut with "Glory Road."

Gartner said many feature scripts have come across his desk, but nothing interested him until "Glory Road" came his way.

"I've had a good career doing commercials and have had scripts sent to me for years, but never to my liking," Gartner told the El Paso Times while filming on the UTEP campus in November of 2004. "Then this came along, and boy, it nailed me."