Americans tend to view professional sports as egalitarian meritocracies, but equestrian competitions still have the air of elitism, a rarefied realm of bloodlines and blue bloods. That’s why scrappy underdog narratives resonate.
Free to Run is a social history that uses interviews with enthusiasts and innovators, including Spiridon magazine founder Noël Tamini and the pioneering marathoner Kathrine Switzer, to illustrate how freedom, equality, and community fueled the democratization of an elite sport.
The Phenom is the baseball movie Robert Altman never made. In his deglamorized sports drama, writer/director Noah Buschel explores the emotional struggles of promising pitcher Hopper Gibson (Johnny Simmons), who makes the leap from high school to the majors.
In Jill Campbell’s charitable documentary, Kenny Anderson is 44 and still living off his 15-year professional basketball career, even as he finds himself compelled to examine the painful early life that success didn’t mitigate.
At the risk of mixing sports metaphors, Kent Moran takes a page from Sylvester Stallone’s playbook for his Bronx-set boxing film The Challenger. Moran’s directorial debut is a showcase for the multi-hyphenate, who wrote and stars in this pugilistic tale as well as serving as