Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I was unaware that ESPN put anything else out there besides craptastic films such as "3", The Junction Boys, and Codebreakers. Well apparently they do. ESPN plans to make a "splash" at the Tribeca Film Festival with 14....count em....14 films.
I've never been to a film festival, but that seems like fun doesn't it? Sitting around with hipster movie critics arguing over Woody Allen roles. Okay that doesn't sound fun.....
Tribeca Enterprises and ESPN unveiled the 14 feature-length films, including 12 world premieres, to be shown during the inaugural Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival April 25-May 6 during the annual Tribeca Film Festival. NBC’s Tiki Barber will serve as an ambassador and will participate in “No Pain ... No Gain,” a panel discussion on his new broadcasting career. The festival will also feature a “Sports Saturday” on May 5, which will include a BMX bike jump from ESPN, an NBA Pavilion, representation from the Jets, Giants, Islanders, Mets, Devils and Red Bulls and tennis clinics through the USTA.
Wait....is this a film festival or the X-Games? And Tiki Barber is there??? I'm really confused now. Hopefully the movies will clear up the confusion.....read the list after the jump.
The List of Films:
Chavez- A documentary on boxer Julio Cesar Chavez
Chops- A competition of high school jazz bands from across the country
Doubletime- A look at the world of competitive jump roping
The Final Season- The last year of high school baseball in Norway, Iowa
The First Saturday In May- The path of six horses, including Barbaro, to the Kentucky Derby
The Grand- A mockumentary of poker
The Hammer- A comedy about an aging boxer fighting again after 20 years off
Hellfighters- A look at Harlem's only high school football team
King of Kong- A look inside competitive gaming
Planet B-Boy- The underground hip-hop dance scenes around the world
The Power of the Game- The social impact of soccer across the world
Sons of Sakhinin United- A multi-ethnic Israeli soccer team, including Jews and Arabs
Steep- A look at the history of extreme skiing
Unstrung- A documentary on the juniors tennis world
Umm yeah.....okay. Let's recap...Old Boxers, Jump rope, High School Baseball, Barbaro, A mockmentary (those are ALWAYS good), more boxing, video games, Stomp the Yard 2, Soccer, Soccer, Skiing, and Tennis.
Those ALL sound like winners.
Not included on the list but in the works are the following.....
Bald and Beautiful- The story of one Nerdy Football Analyst's Dating Life
A Man, A Cellphone, and A Plan- A tale of one man's journey into the unknown.
The Outback Chronicles- The Harold Reynolds Story
Oh hell....I'm stopping while I'm ahead. Plus I think you could do a much better job than me anyway(s). What's your ESPN Movie titled?
ESPN/Tribeca Sports Saturday (Tribeca Film Festival)