Film Highlights Success of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Through Feature on Cross Country Team

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Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch will host a red-carpet event on Saturday, March 2 for the premiere of Edge of the World.   

The film highlights the success of the Boys Ranch ISD cross-country team, while bringing to light the issues that brought the student-athletes to Boys Ranch.  

“[It] uses fictitious characters to pull different stories we’ve heard from different kids and their lives,” Kenneth Brown said. “And how their lives are affected by their placement at Cal Farley’s.”   

Brown is the current superintendent of Boys Ranch ISD. He is also the former coach of the cross-country team, during their unstoppable dominance over the state and district.  

“The cross-country team has won nine state championships,” Brown explained. “From 1981 when they started cross-country, until 2016, they never lost a district championship.” 

Brown is portrayed in the film. So is Chaplain Mike Wilhelm. Wilhelm saying the actors not only took the time to learn about the people they’d be imitating, but also the ranch, and their understanding of the Boys Ranch mission, helped achieve a better film.  

“I think he is a composite of who we are at the chapel, and who we are at Boys Ranch,” Wilhelm said. “I was very pleased with how it came out.” 

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