Opening night: Thursday, September 6The 90th Minute (24 min) compels viewers to think about the way we value women’s sports. More than a decade after the 1999 Women’s World Cup, when players like Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain inspired girls across the country to take up soccer, the Women’s Professional Soccer league still cannot survive. In May, just months after The 90th Minute’s release, the WPS folded completely.* Director Jun Stinson will join a Q&A discussion following the screening.
Jesse Owens (56 min), a 2012 American Experience film produced by Firelight Media (Freedom Riders, The Murder of Emmett Till), delves beyond the sprinter’s stunning performance at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany to tell the story of the son of a sharecropper who becomes a world champion, only to be confronted by the harsh realities of celebrity.* Director Laurens Grant will join a Q&A discussion following the screening.
Centerpiece presentations: Friday, September 7Transcending: the Wat Misaka Story (50 min) chronicles the journey of the first minority basketball player in the NBA. Amidst a hostile racial climate that incarcerated 120,000 innocent Japanese Americans during World War II, Misaka prevails as a top college basketball player who is ultimately drafted by the New York Knicks in 1947.* Co-directors Christine Toy Johnson and Bruce Alan Johnson will join a Q&A discussion following the screening.
In Her Corner (43 min) profiles 2012 Olympic bronze medal boxer Marlen Esparza. The 2012 Olympic Games were the first to allow women’s boxing, the last female sport to be included in the world’s most prestigious sporting competition. In Her Corner reflects the lives and many struggles of female boxers in this country.* CNN host Soledad O’Brien will join a Q&A discussion following the screening.
Closing night: Saturday, September 8Blind Ambition (12 min) introduces us to Simon Hill, a Paralympic soccer player who competes in England’s blind football...