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Learn about the documentaries that will be shown at the festival.  Special guests, including those who made the films and those who lived the the stories, will be in attendance.


Directed by Jacqueline Joseph 
2016, USA

What makes an athlete a multiple Olympic Gold Medalist, a Wimbledon champion or winner of The Masters? What gives these athletes an "edge"? Through candid interviews with tennis legend Martina Navratilova, golf great Jack Nicklaus, Olympic gymnastics icon Nadia Comaneci, track and field star Edwin Moses, and Dutch Paralympian Esther Vergeer, as well as archival footage of their most exciting moments competing on sport's biggest stages, such as the Olympics, Wimbledon, the Masters, the British Open, and the Paralympics, the film explores why some athletes achieve greatness. Director Jacqueline Joseph will be in attendance.


The Weekend Sailor
Directed by Bernardo Arsuaga
2016, Mexico

The Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, today the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race, took the sport to its limits. The British Royal Navy purchased six yachts to train 800 man and chose the best four 10-man crews for each of the four legs of the race, yet, an inexperienced Mexican man also signed up. In his fifties, with a crew that included his wife, son, family and friends. His name, Ramon Carlín. A weekend sailor. And he beat every competing nation.
Director Bernardo Arsuaga will be in attendance.


The New York Times Op-Docs: Sports Shorts 

A curated collection of sports-related shorts where you might discover sports you never knew existed and possibly find a new perspective on old favorites. Launched in the fall of 2011, Op-Docs is The New York Times's editorial department's Emmy-winning forum for short, opinionated documentaries, produced with wide creative latitude and a range of artistic styles, covering current affairs, contemporary life, and historical subjects.  The New York Times Op-Docs Coordinating Producer Lindsay Crouse will be in attendance.


Touch the Wall
Directed by Grant Barbeito and Christo Brock
2014, USA

On the evening of Saturday, August 4, 2012, 17-year-old Missy Franklin won her fourth Gold Medal of the London Olympic Games when she swam the backstroke leg of the women's 4×100 medley relay. It was Missy's second world record of the Olympic Games; it was her fifth Olympic medal.

That Saturday was also the end of her teammate Kara Lynn Joyce's long and productive Olympic career. And though she finished with four Silver Medals, just making it to her third Olympics was her greatest accomplishment.
Touch the Wall is the story of how these two amazing women and their coach got to where they are. It's a story of winning and losing, of commitment, and of triumph through adversity. It's also a story of family, of loving what you do, and having fun with the people around you. Film subject Kara Lynn Joyce will be in attendance.


Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance
Directed and written by Louise Osmond
2016, USA

Audience Award in the World Cinema Documentary Competition, 2015 Sundance Film Festival. 

Set in a former mining village in Wales, Dark Horse is the inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed themselves a racehorse. Raised on a slagheap allotment, their foal grows into an unlikely champion, beating the finest thoroughbreds in the land, before suffering a near fatal accident. Nursed back to health by the love of his owners - for whom he's become a source of inspiration and hope - he makes a remarkable recovery, returning to the track for a heart-stopping comeback. Director Louise Osmond will participate in a post-film Q&A via Skype.


Directed by Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari
2015, USA

Seventeen-year-old Claressa "T-Rex" Shields from Flint, Michigan dreams of being the first woman in history to win the Gold Medal in Olympic boxing. To succeed, she will need to stand her ground both inside and outside of the ring. Producer Sue Johnson will be in attendance, and Claressa Shields, the film's subject, will join the post-film Q&A via Skype.



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