We're bringing you a summer of sports movies!
Tribeca Film and ESPN have teamed up to bring the best of independent sports films—movies about competition and sporting events around the world—to your living room. Today, for the first time, the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival On Demand is available in over 40 million homes via VOD.
Starting today, with support from Cadillac, Tribeca Film On Demand features a diverse range of sports films, with documentaries (and one narrative) about cricket, baseball, soccer, tennis and touch football.
Four films are available On Demand from June 23 to August 25. Click each title to find out how/where to watch:
Dir. Alex Gibney
When Chicagoan Steve Bartman fatefully deflected a pop fly foul ball in Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship, the city's long-suffering Cubs fans found someone new to blame for their cursed century without a World Series title. Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney explores the psychology of diehard sports fans, the frightening phenomenon of scapegoating, and the hysteria that turned mild-mannered Bartman into the most hated fan.
Produced by ESPN Films, Catching Hell recently had its World Premiere at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and will premiere on ESPN September 27.
Fire in Babylon
Dir. Stevan Riley
This film tells the captivating story of the glorious domination of the West Indian cricket team, who, with a combination of phenomenal skill and fearless spirit, became the one of the greatest teams in sports history. Told in the words of legendary and revered players of the time, including Sir Viv Richards, Michael Holding, and Sir Clive Lloyd, Fire in Babylon illustrates how this exceptional team hijacked the genteel game of the privileged elite and played it on their own terms. With a soundtrack that includes Bob Marley and the Wailers, Gregory Issacs, Faithless and Horace Andy, Fire in Babylon celebrates the emancipation of a people through sport, whilst painting a fascinating picture of this extraordinary era of sporting dominance and its roots in politics, pride, anti-colonial fury and music.
Fire in Babylon recently had its US Premiere at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.
Dir. Eric Drath
Renée chronicles the life of trailblazing transsexual athlete Renée Richards, who shook the world of sports in 1977 with her controversial entry into the US Open. Simultaneously, it follows her today as she struggles to cope with a life of contradictions and personal conflict. Through interviews with tennis legends, family, friends and experts from the transsexual field, a story of perseverance, breakthrough and hardship unfolds.
Produced by ESPN Films, Renée recently had its World Premiere at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and will premiere on ESPN October 4.
Dir. Kyle Smith
10 friends gather together every summer in LA to play the Turkey Bowl—a co-ed touch football game that brings a piece of small-town tradition to the urban sprawl—all for the beloved prize for the winning team… a turkey. Friendships flare and fade, jealousy is met with laughter and pain, old and unrequited love threatens to remain old and unrequited—all of these undercurrents are revealed in the unique, improvised rhythm of this backyard sport and this real-time comedy. Turkey Bowl was a fan favorite at the recent SXSW Film Festival.
The following movie is available from July 21 to August 25:
Boys of Summer
Dir. Keith Aumont
A scrappy Little League® team from a tiny Caribbean island fights the odds to reach the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Curaçao youth baseball team has competed at the Little League World Series in America for an incredible seven consecutive years. Over the course of one season, the boys face injuries and obstacles as they try to keep the winning streak alive. Determined team manager Vernon Isabella and his players learn the meaning of national pride in a story that travels from a humble island ball field to the international spotlight and back.
Boys of Summer has had a successful run on the film festival circuit, including the Aruba International Film Festival, the New York International Latino Film Festival, the New Orleans Film Festival, the Palm Beach International Film Festival, the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival and the Latin American Film Festival.
The Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival On Demand will also feature select titles from ESPN’s very successful “30 for 30” series, including: The Two Escobars (TFF 2010, premiering On Demand June 23), The U and Pony Excess (both On Demand July 21).
The Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival On Demand is available in more than 40 million homes via cable, telco and satellite systems. Additionally, some titles will be available on the web via digital On Demand services. Click each title above for specific platforms.