Magazine article Screen International

TIFF Pics Nine for Sports Fest

Magazine article Screen International

TIFF Pics Nine for Sports Fest

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The world premiere of Big Shot has been selected as the gala screening at the seventh annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, which also features the latest film by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg.

The nine-strong features roster embraces previously announced titles from other sections of the festival as well as four films from ESPN Films' Nine For IX documentary celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX with nine films about women in sports directed by female film-makers.

The 2013 Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival will run during the 12th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival (TIFF), which runs from Apr 17-28.

"The sports film offerings at this year's festival give sports fans and movie buffs tremendous opportunities to experience the many ways that sports intersect with our culture," said TIFF director of programming Genna Terranova. "We are excited that Big Shot, which chronicles one of the most infamous sagas in professional sports management history, will kick-off this year's Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, and to share the range of these personal stories seem through the lens of sports."

"There are many vibrant, independent voices out there telling incredible sports stories and we're honoured to be involved with the Tribeca Film Festival where together we can shine a light on these documentaries and film-makers," said ESPN Films vp Connor Schell. "We produce our films with the intention of capturing both the glory and the heartbreak of what sports mean to so many people and we are very proud of the creative, story-driven documentaries that were selected for this year's festival."

In addition to the film series, the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival will present the free community event Sports Day as part of the Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair. Sports Day will take place on Apr 27.



Big Shot (pictured, USA), dir Kevin ConnollyIn 1996, John Spano, a previously unknown Dallas business mogul, bought the New York Islanders for $165m. The future looked bright for the once-legendary team. Then Spano took his seat in the front office. Entourage's Kevin Connolly takes us behind the scenes of the biggest fraud in hockey history, as Spano's wealth is revealed to be a lie and his rise to power a brilliantly concocted scheme.World Premiere, Documentary.

The following Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival titles have been announced in their respective sections as part of the 2013 TFF film programme:

McConkey (USA), dirs Steve Winter, Murray Wais, Scott Gaffney, David Zieff and Rob BruceAn all-star roster of sports film-making talent directs this biography of extreme ski trailblazer Shane McConkey, once described as "the most influential skier ever." McConkey covers 40 years and countless high places to track Shane's conversion from downhill racer to freeskiing marvel to pioneer of a hair-raising new discipline - ski BASE jumping - giving new meaning to the question, how do you live your life to the fullest?World Premiere, Documentary.

Lenny Cooke (USA) dirs Benny Safdie and Joshua SafdieIn 2001 Lenny Cooke was the most hyped high school basketball player in the country, ranked above future greats LeBron James, Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. A decade later, Lenny has not played a single minute in the NBA. …

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