TRIBECA FILM AND ESPN ANNOUNCE THE TRIBECA/ESPN SPORTS FILM FESTIVAL ON DEMAND
THE PARTNERSHIP WILL PREMIERE TITLES IN OVER 40 MILLION HOMES
VIA VIDEO-ON-DEMAND BEGINNING JUNE 23
[New York, NY – May 31, 2011] –Tribeca Film and ESPN announced today that the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival will premiere on video-on-demand (VOD) beginning June 23, 2011, making the premier showcase for independent films about sports and competition available nationwide for the first time.
The Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival On Demand will run from June 23 through August 25, and will be available in more than 40 million homes via cable, telco and satellite systems. Additionally, some titles will be available on the web via digital On Demand services. Viewers will be able to access the films on many of the systems through the “Tribeca Film” category of video-on-demand menus, pay-per-view offerings and other branded destinations online. Tribeca Film will also roll out TURKEY BOWL theatrically with a limited New York run beginning on June 3, 2011.
The Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival On Demand brings an exciting level of sports entertainment—both features and documentaries—home to audiences. The titles cover a wide spectrum of sports, including: CATCHING HELL, from director Alex Gibney, about baseball’s most famous scapegoats; TURKEY BOWL, a narrative feature about a group of friends that get together every year for the time,-honored tradition of touch football; RENÉE, about transgender tennis player Renée Richards; FIRE IN BABYLON, about the champion West Indies cricket team; and BOYS OF SUMMER, about the Little League World Series.
“For the past five years, an exceptional range of sports films have premiered at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. This summer, for the first time together with ESPN, we are excited to be able to bring a selection of high quality and diverse competition themed films to audiences nationwide On Demand,” said Geoffrey Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer, Tribeca Enterprises.
“We are honored each year to partner with the Tribeca Film Festival to deliver compelling sports stories that connect with a diverse audience of moviegoers,” said Connor Schell, executive producer, ESPN Films. “Being able to offer the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival On Demand gives us yet another platform to reach people who are interested in entertaining content that weaves together competition and sports themes with captivating human stories.”
The Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival On Demand will also feature select titles from ESPN’s very successful “30 for 30” series, including: THE TWO ESCOBARS, THE U and PONY EXCESS.
Following are the upcoming titles to premiere On Demand from June 23 – August 25:
The following is available from July 21 – August 25:
About Tribeca Film:
Tribeca Film is a comprehensive distribution label dedicated to acquiring and marketing independent films across multiple platforms, including theatrical, video-on-demand, digital, home video and television. It is an initiative from Tribeca Enterprises designed to provide new platforms for how film can be experienced, while supporting filmmakers and introducing audiences to films they might not otherwise see. American Express continues its support of Tribeca and the independent film community by serving as the Founding Partner of Tribeca Film.
About ESPN Films:
Created in March 2008, ESPN Films produces high-quality films showcasing intimate and compelling stories. In October 2009, ESPN Films launched the Peabody Award-winning 30 for 30 film series. Inspired by ESPN’s 30th Anniversary, the thirty films that made up theseries were a thoughtful and innovative reflection on the past three decades told through the lens of diverse and interesting sports fans and social commentators. Additional projects from ESPN Films include, among others, the critically acclaimed and Television Academy Honor-winning 16th Man, Cannes film festival official selection The Two Escobars, and the Peabody Award-winning Black Magic. Catching Hell, from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, and Renée, from filmmaker Eric Drath, will be released in 2011.
Film stills are available at http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/media/tribeca-film-press/
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