Defy the Odds, the new short film directed by award-winning director and editor Corry Wiens, is based on the true story of NASCAR driver Bill Lester, the first African American to compete professionally in the NASCAR sanctioned Grand-Am Series and the first African American to win a race.

Defy the Odds is based on Bill Lester’s memoir, Winning in Reverse, and focuses on a man pursuing his passion and letting nothing stand in his way.


Prod Co: Gear Seven
Exec Producer: Ryan Atenhan, Kirk Slawek
Producer: Gavin Buckland
Director: Corry Wiens
AD: Courtney Baucom
Dir of Photography: Quinton Brogan
Art director: Tracie Prichard
Set Design & Build: @Graeme Morris, Fort Houston
AC: Jacob Cushman, Bennett Self
2nd AC: Quinn Foster
Gaffer: Matt Treager
Key Grip: Erik Kitchens
Grip: Jacob Hart
Grip Specialist: Billy Gomes
Precision Driving: Shift Dynamics
Camera Car Precision driver: Patrick Wilson
Arm Op: Sam Wetzel
Sound: Alonso Cacho
Production Manager: Cody Fisher
Studio Manager: Skylar Galayda

Precision Drivers: Ken Thwaits
LED Volume: Arc Studios
LED Volume content: Meptik
LED Volume Technical Director: Justin Wylie
VFX Supervisor/Grip Swing: Dustin Turner

BTS Photos: Matt Treager, Ryan Green

Acted and performed by:
Bradford Haynes
Tim Mercer
Austin Buck
Based on the true story of Bill Lester

Editor: Corry Wiens
Colorist: Quinton Brogan
Musical Score: Jonny Mendez
VFX: Dustin Turner
Title Design: Gavin Buckland
Sound Design: Ryan Pribyl