U.S. Sports Film Festival Features Baseball, Basketball and Racing Films at Inaugural Festival in Philadelphia, October 23-26
Movies following former major league manager Bobby Valentine’s season in the Japanese League, rising basketball stars Kevin Love and Michael Beasley’s experience playing in Rucker Park and a look inside the grueling 24 Hours of LeMans all join USSFF lineup.
Included in today’s announcement are: “The Zen of Bobby V,” the critically acclaimed documentary that gives fans a very unique look into the world of Japanese baseball through the eyes of former major league, and current Japanese League, manager Bobby Valentine; “Truth in 24,” a film that follows road racers through the grueling 24 hours of LeMans, shot by NFL Films Emmy Award winning director Keith Cossrow; and "Gunnin For That #1 Spot," former Beastie Boy Adam Yauch’s chronicle of eight of the country’s top high school hoopsters, including NBA rookies Michael Beasley and Kevin Love, as they negotiate the courts of legendary Rucker Park in New York.
These three films will join the Mixed Martial Arts documentary “Renzo Gracie: Legacy;” the debut of “Basketball in the Barrio,” the story of two former University of Texas El Paso basketball players who started a program teaching basketball to the impoverished immigrant children of South El Paso, and the stories of those who used basketball as a tool for fulfillment, as well as “Kicking It,” the Ted Leonsis-produced film about a team of homeless soccer players and their life stories and successes on the pitch; “Run For Your Life,” the true-life story of the man who created the New York City Marathon, Fred Lebow; and “Kassim The Dream,” the story of Ugandan-born (and Philadelphia resident) boxing world champion Kassim Ouma, a kidnapped child soldier and his struggles to break free and regain his life as a professional athlete.
Also on tap for the festival will be a series of classic films by producer Mark Ciardi, including “Invincible,” “Miracle,” and “The Rookie.”
Each film will include a series of events involving the stars and makers of the films, who will be on hand to discuss all the elements that went into making these movies. Already, nearly 100 films have been submitted for review ranging from traditional sports to Mixed Martial Arts and Extreme Endurance Racing. The remaining list of films, many to be seen on a big screen for the first time, will be released in the coming weeks.
The US Sports Film Festival welcomes Comcast SportsNet, CN8, Versus, Comcast Spectacor and teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Flyers and Phantoms as festival sponsors.
Other Sponsors and media partners for the U.S. Sports Film Festival include: zAthlete, Barefoot Wine, KYW NewsRadio 1060, 610WIP Sports Radio, Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Philadelphia Sports Congress, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp., City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Office, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia Soul.
To obtain tickets to the U.S. Sports Film Festival go to www.ussportsfilmfestival.com or call (646) 233-2033. For Sponsorship information please call (212) 752-2500.