Jun 10, 2017 | By Sarah Owen
Beginning in 2006, the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival has paved its way as the key event for independent, sport-related films. Running from April 17th-26th, the lineup at this year’s festival showcases a range of subjects. From stories of defeat and comebacks to friendships and rivalries, the 2014 Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival has gathered a variety of genres, bringing some of sports biggest untold tales to the big screen.
“The best sports stories have the mythology, complexity and stakes that extend beyond extraordinary athleticism, making for great films. These stories have fueled the huge success of the Tribeca/ESPN sports film festival by bringing sports fans and moviegoers together over the last eight years.” – Genna Terranova, Tribeca Film Festival Director of Programming
When the Garden was Eden, Directed by Michael Rapaport
The festival will kick off with the world premiere of When the Garden was Eden, a documentary that reminisces on the Knicks championship teams from the early 1970s. The impact of this old-school squad will be told through the basketball legends themselves, including Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Earl Monroe, and Willis Reed.
Champs, Directed by Bert Marcus
This film documents the lives of some of America’s most legendary boxers, including Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, and Bernard Hopkins. Looking into their personal upbringings and roads to success, Champs goes beyond the typical boxing film and explores the meaning of American dream. Following the premiere, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, and boxing promoter Lou DiBella will take part in a Tribeca Talks panel, discussing their lives inside and out of the ring.
Slaying the Badger, Directed by John Dower
As many don’t realize, Lance Armstrong was not the first American to make headlines at the Tour de France. This cycling documentary tells the story of Greg LeMond, the first and only American to officially win this prestigious bicycle race. As LeMond looks back at his 1986 Tour, he also recalls his competitive friendship with teammate, mentor, and rival Bernard Hinault.
The Battered Bastards of Baseball, Directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way
First known for his role as Deputy Clem on Bonanza, Bing Russell left his acting career in 1973 to pursue his love for baseball. After holding open tryouts, Russell gathered a team of Major League Baseball rejects from all over the US, resulting in the Portland Mavericks. As America’s only independent baseball team at the time, the Mavericks were instantly questioned and doubted by skeptics. The Battered Bastards of Baseball tells the rebellious story of this underdog team and how they went on to shattering America’s expectations.
The 2014 Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival will feature a range of other independent films at the nine-day event. In addition to these premieres, Tribeca will also hold many events, including panels with sport figures and directors, and outdoor screenings and events. On Saturday, April 26th the festival will host Sports Day, a street fair open to the public. Sport-themed games and pop-up shops, as well as athletes and mascots will be present.
As the annual festival approaches, we’re getting psyched to checkout these motivating, active-inspired films.
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