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The tenth annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, sponsored by Mohegan Sun, will open on April 14 with a Gala screening and world premiere of the documentary This Magic Moment chronicling the 1990s Orlando Magic dynasty headlined by superstars Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway. Seven feature films will screen as part of the Festival, the premiere outlet to showcase independent films that focus on sports and competition. All of this year’s Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival films will screen throughout the day as ‘Sports Saturday’ on Saturday, April 23 at Regal Battery Park Stadium 11. The films will also screen throughout the Festival, prior to this date.
ESPN + Tribeca: Sports Film Festival
Film Title El Clásico Directed by Halkawt Mustafa

Alan and Gona are in love, but Gona's father won’t approve their union because he is a little person. So, Alan hits the road with his brother, traveling from their small Iraqi village to the Bernabéu Stadium, home of Real Madrid. The plan: meet Cristiano Ronaldo, and earn the blessing of Gona’s father. El Clásico is a distinctly cinematic road movie, brimming with warmth and humor.

Film Title Keepers Of The Game Directed by Judd Ehrlich

Lacrosse is a sacred game for Native Americans, traditionally reserved for men. When a women's varsity team forms in upstate New York, they aim to be the first Native women’s team to take the championship title away from their rivals Massena High. With the indigenous community torn, they find that more than just the championship is on the line.

Film Title Magnus Directed by Benjamin Ree

Carlsen is known as the ‘Mozart of Chess’ because, unlike many chess grandmasters, he possesses innate ability, an unbelievable memory, and unrivaled creativity. Memorized moves and calculated probability can only carry a chess player so far; Magnus exploits this weakness in his opponents on his way to becoming the World Chess Champion.

Film Title My Blind Brother Directed by Sophie Goodhart

In Sophie Goodhart’s utterly original romantic comedy, Robbie (Adam Scott) is a champion blind athlete and local sports hero whose brother Bill (Nick Kroll) is overlooked, even though he runs every marathon by his side. When both fall for the same lady (Jenny Slate), Bill must decide if he will put himself second again, or finally stand up to his blind brother.

Film Title Pelé: Birth of a Legend Directed by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist

From the slums of Brazil to center stage at the world’s biggest sporting event, Pele’s rise to become the youngest-ever World Cup winner, at the age of 17, was nothing short of a miracle. Full of laughs, life lessons, and heart, this inspiring biopic is perfect for introducing a new generation to the greatest soccer player of all time.

Film Title Pistol Shrimps Directed by Brent Hodge

Sometimes girls just wanna have fun… and ball. Brent Hodge (A Brony Tale, TFF 2014) and Morgan Spurlock (Mansome, TFF 2012) introduce us to an eclectic group of women who play in an LA recreational basketball league, focusing on the Pistol Shrimps, a rag-tag group of actresses (including Aubrey Plaza from Parks and Recreation), comedians, musicians, and mothers who brought nationwide attention to the league that could.

Film Title Win! Directed by Justin Webster

With inside access to the players, decision makers, and supporters who were central to the formation of New York City Football Club and its historic inaugural season, Win! offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to build a Major League Soccer team from the ground up, in the country’s most competitive sports market.

Film Title Shorts: Sports Shorts Shorts Program

Skaters, ballers, and boxers populate this nonfiction program that celebrates the power of a great sports story.

The Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival also hosts three special event screenings followed by extended conversations with filmmakers and sports experts.
Tribeca Tune In: O.J.: Made In America
Saturday, APRIL 23, 11:00AM | Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-8
Marathon miniseries screening: This is the story of O.J. Simpson, one of the most polarizing people of the twentieth century, and the city in which he lived for much of his life, Los Angeles. The film explores Simpson's rise and fall, centered around two of America's greatest fixations—race and celebrity. Screened in its entirety with breaks, food and drink included.
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Nate Silver Elections and Scandals
Nate Silver Election Panel
Debuting their latest Elections short documentary A More Perfect Union, Nate Silver (FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief), Micah Cohen (FiveThirtyEight politics editor) and guests discuss how the Rev. Wright revelations affected the 2008 Democratic primary between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, how the media handled the story, and what lessons the episode holds for the 2016 election.
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Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day
SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 10:00AM | Greenwich Street
The annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day event features a variety of free interactive sports-related games, demonstrations, performances and giveaways as part of the Tribeca Film Festival Street Fair. This action-packed one day FREE community event allows fans to take sports “to the street” with their favorite New York teams and organizations.
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