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In two short years, ESPN Films has become an industry heavyweight in the genre of sports filmmaking. Beginning in 2008 with the Peabody-winning documentary Black Magic and continuing with the ambitious launch of 30 for 30, the unprecedented documentary series featuring 30 of today's finest storytellers bringing to life 30 of the most remarkable sports stories from 1979 to 2009. ESPN Films has been able to break away from what was traditionally thought of as a sports film. They've reimagined the genre, and by showcasing stories of passion, triumph, and loss the resurgence of sports-themed films has never been stronger.
Join us for a conversation with select 30 for 30 filmmakers, ESPN Films executive producer, Connor Schell, director/producer Mike Tollin, writer/director Brett Morgen, and writer Bill Simmons - on the future of sports filmmaking at ESPN Films and how they are reshaping the landscape of the genre. Moderated by ESPN's Chris Connelly. | Read More
Broadway legend Elaine Stritch remains in the spotlight at eighty-seven years old. Join the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner both on and off stage in this revealing documentary. With interviews from Tina Fey, Nathan Lane, Hal Prince and others, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me blends rare archival footage and intimate cinema vérité to reach beyond Stritch’s brassy exterior, revealing a multi-dimensional portrait of a complex woman and an inspiring artist. | Read More
This moving portrait of legendary comedian Richard Pryor chronicles his life from his troubled youth in Peoria, Illinois, to his meteoric rise as one of the most respected comic actors of the 20th century. Often misunderstood during the height of his celebrity, the late superstar has never been profiled this extensively. Marina Zenovich’s revealing and entertaining film lays bare the demons with which he struggled and reminds us just how daring and dangerous artistic freedom can be. | Read More
This docudrama chronicles the philosophies and activities of the hardcore bicycle gangs of New York City, as they vow to take back the streets. The bicycle gangs of New York are: Black Label, who ride tall bikes and wear gang colors; The Land Lords, who track bikes and krylon; The Bicycle Cherries, known for their dirty prom dresses and chains; and Denim Venom, who are the rockers. | Read More
At a carnival, young Josh Baskin (Tom Hanks) wishes he was big-only to awake the next morning and discover he is! With the help of his friend Billy (Jared Rushton), Josh lands a job at a toy company. There, his inner wisdom enables him to successfully predict what children want to buy, making the awestruck, naïve Josh irresistible to a beautiful ladder-climbing colleague (Elizabeth Perkins). But the more he experiences being an adult, the more Josh longs for the simple joys of childhood. Rated PG. | Read MoreComedy
An eclectic assortment of non-swimmers gather at the local rec center swimming class in this ensemble piece about conquering fears, making friends, and growing wiser. Our group focuses on an unlikely friendship between Amy, a middle-aged calculus teacher, and the beautiful young Jordan, who together with their swim teacher, learn to face their fears and dive into the pool-and life-head first. | Read MoreDrama
A vigilante cop and a vengeful father capture and interrogate an accused serial killer. Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s brutal follow-up to Rabies (TFF 2011) examines a horror that most would not want to imagine: what would you do if someone hurt the one you loved most? A revenge thriller with teeth, Big Bad Wolves delivers on its raw tension with bursts of operatic drama. | Read MoreDrama, Crime, Thriller
The UCLA Film & Television Archive's new restoration of this memorably nasty film noir is especially good news since it was shot by the master of noir lighting, John Alton, and the prints available in recent years didn't do justice to his art. Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte, Brian Donlevy, and Lee Van Cleef give standout performances in this cult classic. | Read MoreDrama and Thriller
Much of our childhood is spent either taking tests or putting others through tests. Renuka Jeyapalan delicately explores this notion in her debut short Big Girls. Nine-year-old Josephine is unabashedly resentful of her mother's newfound love life. When her mother hesitantly introduces her new boyfriend to Josephine, she gives him the cold shoulder. A bittersweet battle of wills erupts that is at once heartbreaking and hilarious. Enemies transform into sweethearts in this poignant tale of modern family politics. | Read MoreDrama