Santa Barbara Film Festival Press
SBIFF’s Sporty Side
Films About Tennis, Fencing, Basketball, and Marathons Screening This Year
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
by JOHN ZANT
The opening weekend of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival means one thing to most sports fans — Super Bowl Sunday! — but those who are put off by the commercialism of the football spectacle might find some rewarding experiences in the festival itself.
Anyone for tennis? There is a candid portrait of the controversial coach Nick Bollettieri. Other documentary films deal with a high school basketball team trying to stay relevant in the Hamptons, a summer playground of the wealthy; an Israeli fencing coach driven by Olympic dreams; and a troupe of marathon runners plucked out of L.A.’s Skid Row.