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Feature films with sports themes
McDonald, Ian. "Situating the Sport Documentary." Journal of Sport & Social Issues, Aug2007, Vol. 31 Issue 3, p208-225, 18p UC users only


Baseball. A film by Ken Burns.

First Inning, The 1840's-1900, Our Game. The true tale of baseball's beginnings--moving beyond the myth of Abner Doubleday to meet the rogues and the heroes who wrote the first record books. Watch baseball's rise from a "gentleman's hobby" to a sport for everyone. . 115 min. DVD X5598; Video/C 3603

Second Inning, 1900-1910, Something Like a War. Baseball personalities fascinate the public and passionate rivalries turn professional baseball into "Something Like A War" as guided by brawling managers like the Giants' John McGraw, farm boys blossom into pros. 107 min. DVD X5598; Video/C 3604

Third Inning, 1910-1920, The Faith of Fifty Million People. Immigrants to America eagerly root for baseball, but they're dealt a crushing blow when eight Chicago White Sox players succumb to bribes to throw the World Series in the "Black Sox" scandal of 1919. 120 min. DVD X5599; Video/C 3605

Fourth Inning, 1920-1930, A National Heirloom. As America roars through the 1920's, baseball grows popular worldwide. One big reason is the astounding play of Babe Ruth, which secures his legend forever and makes it "A National Heirloom." 117 min. DVD X5599; Video/C 3606

Fifth Inning, 1930-1940, Shadow Ball. Baseball struggles to survive during the years of the Great Depression. America's game has another struggle too--the stain of racial segregation. 126 min. DVD X5600; Video/C 3607

Sixth Inning, 1940-1950, The National Pastime. Baseball is thrown into turmoil during World War II when its best players enlist. The Dodgers' Branch Rickey forces integration by signing Jackie Robinson. 151 min. DVD X5600; Video/C 3608

Seventh Inning, 1950-1960, The capital of Baseball. In the heydays of the fifties, baseball is king and New York City is its throne. For a glorious decade, the game is dominated by the Yankees, the Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. 134 min. DVD X5601; Video/C 3609

Eighth Inning, 1960-1970, A Whole New Ballgame. Television beams baseball nationwide in the turbulent sixties. The players finally succeed in forming a labor union. Expansion, race changes and new stadiums promise to make the sport "A Whole New Ballgame."116 min. DVD X5601; Video/C 3610

Ninth Inning, 1970-present, Home. Baseball become truly global as contests in Canada widen the "World Series". Free agency keeps playerschanging places, affecting both salaries and team loyalties, while exceptional players still inspire many reasons to cheer, and the love of the game continues to be handed down to new fans. 148 min. DVD X5602; Video/C 3611

Tenth Inning, 1992-1999. This two-part follow-up brings the Baseball series up through the 2009 season. The strike, the home run chase, the steroids scandal, the rise of the Yankees, and the triumph of the Red Sox—through it all, baseball remains a mirror of America. Cal Ripken becomes the game's new Iron Man; sluggers Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds do things that have never been done before; the Yankees build a dynasty, while their arch rivals, the Red Sox, stage the greatest comeback in history. 240 min. DVD X5603

Baseball and Football
Comedy routine by comedian George Carlin. DVD X938

Farewell to Baseball: Lou Gehrig; Babe Ruth
2 min. DVD 3128; Lou Gehrig also on vhs Video/C 7525

Fernando Nation
Nicknamed "El Toro" by his fans, 20-year-old Fernando Valenzuela from Mexico was one of the most captivating pitching phenoms baseball has ever seen. Virtually overnight, he became a hero to millions of Latinos, proving with his signature look to the heavens and killer screwball that the American dream was not reserved for those born on U.S. soil. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. Directed by Cruz Angeles. 51 min. DVD X5846

Forever Baseball (American Experience).
A focus on the history and significance of baseball as our national pastime, as seen by writers, artists and historians. c1989. 59 min. Video/C 1536

Four Days in October
When the night of October 16, 2004 came to a merciful end, the Curse of the Bambino was alive and well. The New York Yankees, led by A-Rod, Jeter, and Sheffield, had just extended their ALCS lead to 3 games to none over the Boston Red Sox, and seemed on course to yet another trip to the World Series. But the cold October winds of change began to blow. Over 4 consecutive days and nights, this determined Red Sox team miraculously won 4 straight games to overcome their destiny. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. Directed by Gary Waksman. 51 min. DVD X5845

Henry O!
Documentary about the Spanish-language commentator for the Tampa Bay Devil Ray's baseball team. Enrique "Henry" Oliu, who though blind, does the seemingly impossible by calling games he's never seen. At his side with up-to-the minute stats. is his wife, Debbie Perry. Directed by Ziad Hamzeh. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 72 min. DVD X5933

The House of Steinbrenner
Documents the historic final days at the old Yankee Stadium, the opening of the new stadium and the passage from the George Steinbrenner era to the Hal Steinbrenner era, culminating in the Yankees' 27th World Championship. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. Directed by Barbara Kopple. 51 min. DVD X5844

Joe DiMaggio's Farewell to Baseball(Timeline 1951)
DVD 1118

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
Warm, nostalgic and wry, this film tells the story of Hank Greenberg, the first Jewish baseball star. Handsome, and humble, he transcended religious prejudice to become one of major league baseball's great sluggers -- a hero to sports fans and an icon for a generation of U.S. Jews. Written, produced and directed by Aviva Kempner. 1999. 95 min. DVD 7150

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Feature Documentary
National Board of Review, USA - Best Documentary
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Documentary
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Non-fiction Film
Peabody Award

Little Big Men
On August 28, 1982, Cody Webster and a small group of schoolyard friends from Kirkland, Washington, sat anxiously in a dugout waiting to take the field for the championship game of the Little League World Series. No American team had won a true international Little League World Series championship in more than a decade. What they did, how they did it, and what happened to each of the players in the years that followed is a multifaceted story, much like the diamond on which the game is played. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. Directed by Al Szymanski & Peter Franchella. 50 min. DVD X5843

The Lost Son of Havana
At age 67, former major league baseball star Luis Tiant has come back to Cuba, the island he had left at age 20 for a trip he thought would last a month and became nearly a half a century. But is this still home? What is home for an exile who becomes a star in his new land, leaving former teammates to play for their government and country in isolation and poverty? What is home for a man who never had a sister or brother and whose parents are dead? Writer/director, Jonathan Hock. 2009. 105 min. DVD X3650

Mets - World Series
The World Series champion Mets of 1969 and 1986 were embraced by fans for their pitching, personalities, and perseverance. This documentary celebrates all the classic moments of those two historic World Series championship games. Narrated by Curt Gowdy [1969], Vin Scully [1986]. Contents: 1969 World Series film Mets vs. Baltimore Orioles ; The 1969 World Series New York Mets vs. Baltimore Orioles / script, Dick Young ; directed by Dick Winik ; produced by Winik Films in cooperation with Major League Baseball Promotion Corporation (40 min.). 1986 World Series film New vs. Boston Red Sox ; World Series 1986: Shuttle series / written by Steven Stern ; produced and edited by Robert Bodziner (1991) (30 min.). 75 min. DVD X6089

Negro Leagues Baseball (1946)
Unedited silent footage in Crosley Field focusing on Reese "Goose" Tatum. (included in compilation Treasures from American Film Archives) 8 min. DVD 361

Only the Ball Was White.
Traces the history of the Negro Leagues through photographs, film footage and interviews with the ball players. Discusses the era when major U.S. baseball leagues refused to hire black athletes, thereby denying them potential stardom by the color line. 1992. 30 min. Video/C 4758

Reel Baseball
A collection of two feature films (The Busher and Headin' home) and eleven short films from the silent movie era on baseball. Also includes a documentary essay (Early reel baseball) by Rod Edelman. Disc 1. Headin' home / featuring Babe Ruth (1920, 73 min). -- Babe Ruth Kinogram (Undated, 1 min.) -- His last game (1909, 12 min.) -- The ball player and the bandit / featuring Harold Lockwood ; directed by Francis Ford (1912, 12 min.) -- Early reel baseball / by Rob Edelman. -- Disc 2. The busher / featuring Charles Ray, Colleen Moore, and John Gilbert ; directed by Jerome Stern (sic) (1919, 55 min.) -- Casey at the bat or, The fate of a "rotten" umpire (1899, 1 min.) -- How the office boy saw the ball game (1906, 5 min.) -- Hearts and diamonds / featuring John Bunny (1914, 33 min.) -- One touch of nature / by Peter B. Kyne ; featuring John J. McGraw (1917, 18 min.) -- Felix saves the day / animated cartoon by Pat Sullivan (1922, 7 min.) -- Casey at the bat / featuring DeWolf Hopper (1922, 6 min.) -- Butter fingers / featuring Billy Bevan and Andy Clyde ; produced by Mack Sennett ; directed by Del Lord (1925, 16 min.) -- Happy days / with Ethelyn Gibson and Billy Butts ; directed by Arvid Gillstrom (1926, 14 min.) DVD 7218

Silly Little Game
In 1980, a group of writers, academics, and baseball fans met in New York City and created a new game: Rotisserie Baseball. The idea was simple: create an imaginary baseball team with real baseball players and follow the statistics. The game quickly grew in popularity, eventually exploding into a multi-billion dollar industry and revolutionizing the way fans watch and participate in sports. The founding fathers never foresaw how their creation would take off and ultimately leave them behind. Directed by Adam Kurland & Lucas Jansen. Originally broadcast as a episode on the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. c2010. 50 min. DVD X5739

World Series 1941(Timeline 1941)
DVD 1112

World Series Fixed: the Black Sox Scandal.
The White Sox baseball team from Chicago became known as the Black Sox due to their unclean uniforms. This film exposes the corrupt events of the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds who won nine games to one. When professional gamblers became involved, court action resulted and the White Sox players were banned from participation in future games. c1997. 50 min. Video/C MM15

World Series-Mets Win (1969) (The Fabulous 60s)
The fabulous 60s takes a kaleidoscopic look back at this most turbulent of decades. DVD 7857; vhs Video/C 1065:10

Yankees Baseball -- Detroit Tigers Baseball (America, The War Years. Volume 1, 1941-1942)
Newsreel footage. DVD 2499


1 Love
A comprehensive documentary about the mingling of cultural and social influences that have made basketball what it is today. Appropriate credit goes to the game's official inventor, Dr. James Naismith. Also explores the YMCA's early role as a "pipeline for spreading basketball over the world". Pays tribute to the old Knickerbockers and Philadelphia Warriors legends, among others, who comprise today's basketball fraternity. It also digs deep into the impact of Harlem's early precision players on the game's vitality and international popularity. Originally released as a documentary in 2002. 93 min. DVD 2370

Guru of Go
By the mid-1980s, Paul Westhead had worn out his welcome in the NBA. Although he'd won an NBA championship with Magic and Kareem, skeptics questioned whether his non-stop run-and-gun system could consistently win games. At Loyola Marymount, Westhead was given the opporunity to perfect his shoot-first offense with two talented players from his hometown of Philadelphia--Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble. Suddently, Westhead's system was dazzling the world of college basketball and turning conventional thinking on its head. But then, early in the 1989-90 season, Gathers collapsed during a game and was diagnosed with an abnormal heartbeat. Determined to play, he returned three games later, but in less than three months, he tragically died on the court. Directed by Bill Couturié. Originally broadcast as a episode on the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. c2010. 51 min. DVD X5738

The Harlem Globetrotters: 6 Decades of Magic
Honored for their unique skills as athletes and entertainers, this relates the story of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team, from their founding to the present. Includes highlights of their notable players, their experiences as African American athletes, as well as the world wide humanitarian efforts of the Globetrotter organization. 1988. 60 min. Video/C 9375

Hoop Dreams.
This dramatization of the true life story of Arthur Agee and William Gates follows the high school careers of these two young men from inner-city Chicago as they pursue their dream of playing professional basketball. 1994. 176 min. DVD 3802; also VHS Video/C 999:1198

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Jordan Rides the Bus
After leading the Dream Team to Olympic Gold and taking the Chicago Bulls to their third consecutive NBA championship, Michael Jordan walked away from the game of basketball. Jolted by the tragic loss of his father, Jordan decided to pursue a lifelong ambition and play baseball. His brief career in the minor leagues was subject to intense media scrutiny and ridicule, but those who knew him best understood his need to honor his father by fulfilling their dream. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. Directed by Ron Shelton. 51 min. DVD X5843

Kiss My Wheels
Follows the Zia Hot Shots, a nationally ranked junior wheelchair basketball team, through a season of training and tournament competition. This co-ed group of adolescent athletes deals with gender conflicts, injury, illness, living with disability, and thoughts of death. Directed by Miguel Grunstein. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. c2002. 57 min. Video/C MM1265

NBA Rising Stars
Join Shaquille O'Neal, Larry Johnson, Tim Hardaway, Shawn Kemp and the rest of today's hottest young stars in this exclusive look at the NBA's next generation. Concludes with an NBA music video featuring Naughty by Nature's special remix "Hip Hoop Horray." 45 min. Video/C 8834

Oaxacan Hoops
Shot in the mountains of the Sierra Norte in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico and the inner-city neighborhoods in Los Angeles, this documentary explores the long-standing cultural tradition of basketball among the Oaxacan community. It looks at how the sport has helped many Zapotec Indians living in Los Angeles build community, keep traditions alive and maintain a connection to their villages in Mexico. During the biggest basketball tournament outside of Mexico, the Oaxaca Cup, more than 40 teams compete, most representing a village back home. Produced at the Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley, producer, director, editor, Olga R. Rodriguez. 2003. 20 min. DVD 7648 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 9727

Once Brothers
Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac grew up sharing the common bond of basketball. Close friends as well as teammates, they lifted the Yugoslavian National team to unimaginable heights and both eventually fulfilled their dreams of NBA stardom. But when war broke out between Petrovic's Croatia and Divac's Serbia, long buried ethnic tensions surfaced. These two men, once brothers, were now on opposite sides of a deadly civil war. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. Directed by Michael Tolajian. 79 min. DVD X5845

Rocks with Wings
This documentary traces the journey of the Shiprock Lady Chieftains basketball team, largely Navaho, whose new coach (Jerry Richardson) led them from a group of girls who expected to lose to the position of state champions, meanwhile learning to overcome the differences in race, gender and cultural heritage that divided them to achieve a sense of pride and accomplishment for themselves, their team and their community. A film by Rick Derby. 2001. 113 min. DVD X6885

Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks
Reggie Miller single-handedly crushed the hearts of Knick fans multiple times. But it was the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals that solidified Miller as Public Enemy number one in New York City. With moments to go in game one, and facing a seemingly insurmountable deficit of 105-99, Miller scored eight points, in 8.9 seconds to give his Indiana Pacers an astonishing victory. Directed by Dan Klores. Originally broadcast as a episode on the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. c2010. 69 min. DVD X5737

Without Bias
More than two decades after his tragic cocaine overdose, the late Len Bias still leaves more questions than answers. When Bias dropped dead two days after the 1986 NBA Draft, he forever altered our perception of casual drug use and became the tipping point of America's drug crisis in the mid-80's ... In the most ambitious, comprehensive and uncompromising account of Bias' life and death ever captured on film, director Kirk Fraser utilizes dozens of interviews with Bias' closest teammates, friends and family in an effort to determine exactly what happened on that fateful night. Directed by Kirk Fraser. Bonus features: director's statements; 4 extended interviews with Michael Wilbon, Lefty Driesell, James Brown, Bob Wagner; deleted scene; Outside the lines feature entitled "Remembering Len Bias"; University of Maryland & Lincoln Theatre premieres. Originally broadcast as a episode on the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. c2010. 51 min. DVD X5736

Boxing/Wrestling/Martial Arts

All Across America. (Irish in America: The Long Journey Home)
The second of a four part series packed with personal remembrances and rare archival footage of the Irish immigration to America. At the start the Irish who survived the famine found poverty, disease, religious bigotry and political oppression in America. But they stuck together, built their own churches and communities and by the later 19th century Irish-American heroes had begun to emerge. Prospector John Mackay discovered silver and gold, Marcus Daly opened his Anaconda Copper Mine and John L. Sullivan made himself a legend by facing challenger Jake Kilrain in an amazing 75-round boxing match. 1997. 80 min. Video/C 5303

The Battle of the Century: Jack Dempsey vs. Georges Carpentier,(1921)
Beginning of July 1921. The Thirty Acres stadium in Jersey City, built specially for the occasion, was filling up at a phenomenal speed. In the centre of the ring, two boxers ready to fight for the world heavyweight championship title. Jack Dempsey, American title holder and Georges Carpentier, French war hero and hardened challenger were going to face one another in front of an audience of spectators and journalists in what would become the 'fight of the century'.

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Belarmino Fragoso, Jean-Pierre Gebler, Teresa N. Bastos, Bernardo Moreira. Documentary on the Portuguese boxer Belarmino Fragoso. The camera follows him in his daily routines, at home with his family, working as a doorman to a night-club, as well as footage of training and boxing sessions. 1964. 74 min. DVD 5214

The Boxer.
This film follows Luis Rodriguez, who lives in a remote peasant village in southern Mexico, who hopes to become a boxing champion in the United States. This film follows him as he travels north to the US-Mexican border, joining other migrants determined to outwit the U.S. border guards. Eventually he succeeds in crossing the border and finds work as an illegal alien. Video/C 7766

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Boxing Gym
The subject of this film is an Austin, Texas institution, Lord's Gym, which was founded over twenty years ago by Richard Lord, a former professional boxer. A wide variety of people of all ages, ethnicities and social classes train at the gym: men, women, children, doctors, lawyers, judges, business men and women, immigrants, professional boxers and people who want to become professional boxers alongside amateurs who love the sport and teenagers who are trying to develop strength and assertiveness. The gym is an example of the American "melting pot" where people meet, talk, and train. A film by Frederick Wiseman. 2010. 91 min. DVD X7230

Broken Noses
Traces the boxing career of Andy Minsker, from his fights in the U.S. Olympic Boxing Association and his professional career in Las Vegas to his training of young men in his small boxing club in Portland, Oregon. A film by Bruce Weber. 1987. 75 min. DVD X3576

Child Boxer
There are more than 15,000 competitive youth boxers in the United States. This documentary follows the journey of Tyler Terrazas, a top 12-year-old fighter from Vallejo, Calif., gunning for his first national championship, the 2006 Silver Gloves National Championships in Independence, Missouri. Produced by Jordan Robertson and Timothy Wheeler. Produced at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley. 2006. 26 min. DVD X6314

The Curse of the Dragon
Documentary about Bruce Lee, the martial arts champion, who turned his skill into a movie career. Includes the reminiscences of his son, Brandon Lee, his friends, James Coburn, Chuck Norris, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bob Wall, plus footage of Lee sparring with his students and preparing for movie fight scenes. Produced and directed by Fred Weintraub and Tom Kuhn. 1993. 88 min. DVD 9944

Facing Ali
Ten of boxing's finest fighters tell what it was like to battle Muhammad Ali, the man many consider to be the best boxer ever. Ali's incomparable journey is recounted through the eyes of those who stepped through the ropes and into history. Join these respected fighters as they weigh in on 'The Greatest' and pay tribute to a living legend. Featuring: Muhammad Ali ; featuring George Chuvalo, Sir Henry Cooper, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, Ron Lyle, Ken Norton, Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Ernie Terrell. Based on the book by Stephen Brunt. Special features: Animated trivia cards; "After the bell" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Facing Ali : book to screen" featurette; "Bringing the fights to life" featurette; theatrical trailer. Directed by Pete McCormack. 2009. 100 min. DVD X2896

The Fight Game
Offers a brief history of early boxing highlighting such champs as Gene Tunney, Jack Dempsey, and Joe Louis, and then seques into showcasing the pint-size fighters of the Police Athletic League. 1948. DVD X5194

Fighting Myths
A documenary about the struggles and triumphs of women entering the arena of boxing. Includes interviews with women boxers competing in the Golden Gloves Tournament. A student film by Lauri Ames, Mark Davis, Danielle Festa, Paul Krawiec, Byrne Reese shown at the Pacific Film Archive, May 21, 1997. 21 min. DVD 7722; vhs Video/C 4931

The Fists of a Nation (Los puños de una nación)
A biography of the most noted sports figure in Panama's history, world champion boxer Roberto Durán, widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. A versatile brawler in the ring, he was nicknamed "Manos de Piedra" (Stone Fists). His career spanned the period 1967 through 2000 and included 102 wins and 15 defeats. This documentary also explores issues of identity and collective memory by intertwining Roberto's life-story with the lengthy process that led to the restitution of the Panama Canal to the country by the United States. Directed by Pituka Ortega Heilbron and Pedro Heilbron. 2006. 75 min. DVD X7009

From Orphanage to the Olympics
Documentary film on Ngangom Dingko Singh, boxing gold medalist and other inmates of an orphanage in Imphal (India) who set out for victory in the international sporting arena. Directed by Bobby Wahengbam. 2003. 30 min. DVD 7048

Gaea Girls
This documentary follows the physically grueling and mentally exhausting training regimen of several young 'Gaea Girls,' a group of Japanese women wrestlers, living in a country where women are usually regarded as docile and subservient. 2000. 106 min. Video/C 9135

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The Great Pinoy Boxing Era
This documentary on Filipino-American boxers of the great era of the 1920s through the 1940's includes historical footage of their world champions and other greats. Explains how their boxing techniques changed Western boxing, and through modern interviews shows how they were a source of pride, unity, and hope for other Filipino-Americans. 1995. 32 min. Video/C MM363

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In My Corner.
Filmed at a community boxing gym in New York's South Bronx, this documentary provides an intimate and powerful portrait of two young Latino boxers on their journey through adolescence into adulthood and self-discovery. Fueled by the dream of becoming big-time boxing champs, 15-year old Joey and 13-year-old Jose get hard lessons in life from two surrogate father/trainers. The film is a compelling reminder of how local heroes can shape the lives of young people as they begin sparring with adulthood. Director, Ricki Stern. c1998. 57 min. Video/C MM753

Jack Johnson-Jeffries Fight (1910)
"On 4 July, 1910, in 100 degree heat at an outdoor boxing ring near Reno, Nevada, film cameras recorded what was supposed to be the fight of the century. Former heavyweight champion Jim Jeffries was reluctantly brought out of retirement to fight Jack Johnson, a black man. The film begins with the master of ceremonies inviting a few former champs into the ring for perfunctory applause and accolades from the thousands of fight fans in attendance. Then, the referee motions for the opening bell. The fight lasts for 14 grueling rounds, and when it is over, the fallen Great White Hope is on the mat receiving the ten-count. The referee raises Johnson's fists high into the air and, for the first time in history, there was a black heavyweight champion of the world. At least 10 people lost their lives because of Johnson's victory and hundreds more were injured due to white retaliation and wild celebrations in the streets. Public screenings received instantaneous protests and hundreds of cities barred the film from being shown. The United States Congress passed a law making it a federal offense to transport moving pictures of prizefights across a state line, and the most powerful portrayal of a black man ever recorded on film was made virtually invisible."

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Unforgivable Blackness

Men Boxing(1891)
Directed by William K.L. Dickson and William Heise. Two men wearing boxing gloves prepare to spar in the Edison Company studio. DVD 3552

Muhammad Ali, The Greatest
In 1964 Cassius Clay becomes heavyweight champion of the world. The day after his victory, Clay reveals that he is a Black Muslim. He defies white America changes his name to Muhammad Ali. Ali fights George Foreman for the championship at an incredible cultural event in Mobutu's Zaire in 1974. Ali reclaims his glory, his crown, and his legend. William Klein was the only one to film, in his inimitable style this unique saga. c2002. A film by William Klein. 135 min. DVD 2529

Muhammad and Larry
Filmmaker Albert Maysles explores the unique and poignant relationship between two great boxers and two remarkable men who were more than just competitors. They were once teacher and student, and remain close friends. Combines archival footage with newly-produced reflective conversations with boxing experts and those who were at the fight. Maysles intimately documented both Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes, from sparring matches to private moments at home, as they prepared for their upcoming fight in 1980, revealing the connection that evolved, inside and out of the ring, between these two amazing athletes. Disc 1: Documentary (52 min.) plus bonus features: director's statements; 11 interview extras -- Disc 2. Bonus features: ESPN pre- & post fight coverage, including Howard Cosell's interview with Ali & Holmes. Directed by Albert Maysles and Bradley Kaplan. 2009. 52 min. DVD X2987; DVD X5736

On the Ropes
Award-winning documentary that follows the lives and struggles of three aspiring boxers and their trainer, a one-time sparring partner of Muhammad Ali, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn as they work toward the 1997 Golden Gloves competition. Directed by Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen, 1999. 96 min. Video/C 8593

One Night in Vegas
Part documentary, part graphic novel, this program explores the remarkable friendship between boxing legend Mike Tyson and one of hip-hop's greatest rappers, Tupac Shakur, culminating in the infamous night in Las Vegas (September 7, 1996) when Tupac was brutally murdered. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. Directed by Al Szymanski & Peter Franchella. 51 min. DVD X5843

Split Decision
Chronicles the rise of Jesus "El Matador" Chavez through the professional boxing ranks to number one contender for the World Championship when the U.S. government enacted two tough immigration laws that ordered the immediate deportation of all non-U.S. citizens with a criminal conviction. Despite his clear rehabilitation Jesus with a prior conviction for armed robbery, was deported to Mexico. A compelling documentary that exposes the failings of current immigration policy and questions the implications of the prevailing "tough-on-crime" and one-size-fits all criminal justice system. 2000. 78 min. Video/C 7871

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Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
The in-depth and intimate story of one of the most important African Americans to live in the first half of the 20th century. Tells the story of Jack Johnson, who was the first African American boxer to win the most coveted title in all of sports - Heavyweight Champion of the World. Includes his struggles in and out of the ring and his desire to live his life as a free man. Directed by Ken Burns. 2005. 220 min. DVD 3434

Emmey Awards - Outstanding Nonfiction Special

Johnson-Jeffries Fight

When We Were Kings.
The story of the Rumble in the Jungle in Zaire. Offers a ringside seat to witness two all-time heavyweight champions, Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. A film by Leon Gast and Taylor Hackford. In 1974, Muhammad Ali made what some thought would be his last title bid to regain the heavyweight boxing championship, stripped from him years before. Fight promoters offered him five million dollars to come to Zaire to fight George Foreman, a young and seemingly unbeatable opponent. Then, as the world watched, Ali took center ring, pulling off a stunning upset. Film includes an interview with director Leon Gast, on the making of the film. Directed by Leon Gast. 1996. 94 min. DVD 5862; vhs Video/C 6041


Academy Award - Best Documentary, Feature
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Documentary
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Documentary
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Documentary
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Documentary
Sundance Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize, Documentary

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Lane, Anthony. "When We Were Kings." (movie reviews) New Yorker v73, n1 (Feb 17, 1997):92.
McCarthy, Todd. "When We Were Kings." (movie reviews) Variety v362, n2 (Feb 12, 1996):82 (2 pages).
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Simon, John. "When We Were Kings." (movie reviews) National Review v49, n6 (March 24, 1997):56 (2 pages).
Van Gleder, Lawrence. "When We Were Kings." (movie reviews) New York Times v145 (Fri, Oct 25, 1996):B19(N), C21(L), col 1, 12 col in.
Waxman, Sharon. "Prize Fight Over a Prize Film; the truth about the making of 'When We Were Kings.'" Washington Post v120 (Tue, Sept 23, 1997):B1, col 1, 53 col in.

Winning Heaven: A Glimpse Into the Life of a Young Muay Thai Boxer
This film invites us into the fascinating world of Muay Thai boxing through the life of Tong, a young Thai boxer from North Thailand. Director Detlev F. Neufert weaves scenes of everyday life--home, school, leisure--into this simple but evocative story of Tong's dedication to his training. The authentic portrayal of present-day Thai society and its unique cultural traditions enriches the film. Directed by Detlev F. Neufert. 2006. 29 min. DVD 8958

Wrestling with Manhood: Boys, Bullying and Battering.
Drawing the connection between professional wrestling and the construction of contemporary masculinity, Sut Jhally and Jackson Katz show how so-called 'entertainment' is related to homophobia, sexual assault and relationship violence. They further argue that to not engage with wrestling in a serious manner allows cynical promoters of violence and sexism an uncontested role in the process by which boys become "men." c2002. 60 min. Video/C 9319

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Hell on Wheels
Featuring, Lance Armstrong, Eric Zabel, Jan Ullrich, Tyler Hamilton, Andreas Kloden, Alexandre Vinokourov, Rolf Aldag. Le Tour de France is the toughest bicycle race of all. This film shows the torture and the pain, the fear and the courage of the riders on the Tour. It also showcases the supporting casts of managers, masseurs, fans, and more. 2004. 123 min. DVD 6305

100% Woman.
A post-operative transsexual, Michelle Dumaresq, has provoked outrage by entering the sport of women's mountain bike racing. The program explores complex issues of gender identity surrounding the controversy and manifested in Dumaresq's personal and professional relationships. Includes commentary from her parents and interviews with Michelle, friends, and rival cyclists. Director, Karen Duthie. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2004. 60 min. DVD 4487

Vietnam, Long Time Coming
In 1998, World T.E.A.M. (The Exceptional Athlete Matters) Sports organized a 16-day, 1,100 mile bicycle expedition through Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. The non-profit organization, which focuses on events for the disabled, drew an array of veterans from the U.S. and Vietnam, as well as celebrity riders like Greg LeMond and Senator John Kerry. Past enemies ride as one team in peace across a landscape where they once killed to stay alive. The real finish line is the painful emotional confrontation each rider must make alone along the way. Produced and directed by Jerry Blumenthal, Peter Gilbert and Gordon Quinn, Kartemquin Films. Filmed on location in Vietnam, January 1998. 120 min. DVD 8925

Vive le tour
Documents the annual 20-day Tour de France bicycle race held each July. Covering the 1962 race this fast moving essay shows the racers' tension of competition, the physical stresses, the eating and drinking while in motion, the collisions and spills, and the enthusiasm of the spectators. Directed by Louis Malle. 1962. 18 min. DVD 7511; vhs Video/C MM357


The Band That Wouldn't Die
In March of 1984, a moving company secretly packed up the Baltimore Colt's belongings and snuck off in the early morning, leaving a city of devoted fans in shock and disbelief. The Colts were an integral part of the city, and fans struggled to cope with losing the team they loved. For 12 years the city was without an NFL team, but the band continued to play, acting as musical ambassadors for the city, keeping football alive until the NFL returned. Directed by Barry Levinson. Originally broadcast as a episode on the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. c2010. 53 min. DVD X5735

Baseball and Football
Comedy routine by comedian George Carlin. DVD X938

The Best That Never Was
In 1981, Marcus Dupree forever changed the face of college athletic recruiting as dozens of big-time football programs sat waiting for his decision. The most sought-after high school senior in the country, Dupree was on his way to what was certain to be a brilliant future in college and professional football. What followed though, was a short-lived college career littered with oversized expectations, controversy, injury, and conflict. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. Directed by Jonathan Hock. 102 min. DVD X5847

The Big Game 1982 - Cal vs Stanford: The Final Play
Final few minutes of the Cal/Stanford, 1982 Big Game showing the improbable play that won the game for the Bears. Plays several times sequentially. DVD X610; vhs Video/C 512

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The Hound and the Rabbit(1949)
Directed by Rudolf Ising. MGM. Animated short. "A dog chases a rabbit, ultimately cornering him against a tree. But the dog doesn't want to eat the rabbit, just make friends. The rabbit takes his new friend (who he names Sniffy) to where the rest of the rabbits are playing football, and after introductions, they join in. A fox happens along. Realizing he can't attack while the dog is present, he calls the dog away. The opposing team asks the fox to join them, but he proves to be an awful football player. The dog starts to return, and the fox starts rounding up rabbits, with help from a carrot-baited fishing pole. The dog returns and chases fox; the rabbits are set free, and the fox is catapulted far away by a tree. The rabbits carry Sniffy off on their shoulders." [IMDB] Included on DVD 9066

The Legend of Jimmy the Greek
In the early '80s, The NFL Today was one of the preeminent sports programs on television. It was a perfect combination of reporting, analysis, predictions, humor, and talent. But there was no personality on the show more popular that Jimmy 'The Greek' Snyder. Born in Steubenville, Ohio, to Greek immigrants, Jimmy overcame childhood tragedy, moved to Las Vegas, and eventually became the biggest name in the world of sports handicapping. Directed by Fritz Mitchell. Originally broadcast as a episode on the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. c2010. 51 min. DVD X5736

Pony Excess
In the early '80s, the Southern Methodist University Mustangs put together one of the best football teams in America with the help of bribes and payoffs. The school was rocked when the NCAA meted out the 'death penalty' on a college football program for the first and only time in its history. A devastating verdict as the football team would lack an identity for more than twenty years. Thaddeus D. Matula, an SMU film school grad, chronicles the rise, fall, and rebirth of this once mighty team. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. Directed by Thaddeus D. Matula. 102 min. DVD X5847

Return of the Axe, November 22, 1947: California 21--Stanford 18 [Sound Recording]
Recording of the 50th annual football "Big Game" between the University of California, Berkeley and the Stanford University. Sound/C 437

Run Ricky Run
Ricky Williams does not conform to America's definition of the modern athlete. In 2004, with rumors of another positive marijuana test looming, the Miami Dolphins running back traded adulation and a mansion in South Florida for anonymity and a $7 a night tent in Australia. His decision created a media frenzy that dismantled his reputation and branded him as America's Pothead. But while most in the media thought Williams was ruining his life by leaving football, Ricky thought he was saving it. Through personal footage recorded with Williams during his time away from football and beyond, filmmakers Sean Pamphilon and Royce Toni take a fresh look at a player who had become a media punching bag and has since redeemed himself as a father and a teammate. Directed by Sean Pamphilon; co-directed, produced and edited by Royce Toni. Originally broadcast as a episode on the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. c2010. 51 min. DVD X5739

Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?
In 1986, the upstart United States Football League had the audacity to challenge the almighty NFL, signing three straight Heisman Trophy winners and future NFL stars Steve Young, Reggie White, and Doug Flutie. In its inaugural season, the 12-team league played before crowds that averaged 25,000 and garnered respectable TV ratings, winning over new fans with its aura of fun and flamboyance. Directed by Mike Tollin. Originally broadcast as a episode on the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. c2010. 51 min. DVD X5735

Sports Scenes: African-American Newsreels
Scenes from the Morgan State-North Carolina State football game are shown and at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Video/C 7179

Straight Outta L.A.
In 1982, Raiders owner Al Davis moved his team from Oakland to Los Angeles where the squad captivated a large numbers of black and Hispanic fans in L.A. at a time when gang warfare, immigration, and the real estate boom were rapidly changing the city. The L.A. Raiders morphed into a worldwide brand as the team's colors, swagger, and anti-establishment ethos became linked with gangsta rap and the hip-hop scene. Rapper Ice Cube explores how pro football's outlaw team became the toast of La La Land. Directed by Ice Cube. Originally broadcast as a episode on the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. c2010. 51 min. DVD X5740

Super Bowl-Jets Win (1969) (The Fabulous 60s)
The fabulous 60s takes a kaleidoscopic look back at this most turbulent of decades. DVD 7857; vhs Video/C 1065:10

True-hearted Vixens.
Follows the fortunes of two women and the teams they play for during a six-game exhibition tour of a start-up Women's Professional Football League in the United States. With their dreams tied to the league's success, the women grapple with powerful social stereotypes, the league's business practices and their own changing expectations of success. c2000. 58 min. Video/C MM694

TVT: Superbowl, 1976
The inside story of the 1976 Super Bowl; the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers, based on interviews with the players, their wives and some fans, plus the media coverage of the game. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 50 min. Video/C MM1175

The U
The University of Miami was a predominantly white school. But the school's image was changed forever when coach Howard Schnellenberger scoured some of the toughest ghettos in Florida to recruit mostly black players for his football team. The team took on a larger than life personality and proceeded to win four national titles between 1983 and 1991. Filmmaker Billy Corben tells how these 'bad boys' changed the attitude of the game forever.. Directed by Billy Corben. Originally broadcast as a episode on the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. c2010. 102 min. DVD X5737

Skiing/Mountain Climbing

The Conquest of Everest
Narrators: Sir Edmund Hillary, Meredith Edwards. Documentary record of Edmund Hillary and company's triumphant 1953 Mount Everest expedition. The film focuses on the entire expedition team, including the Sherpas, and not just on Hillary and Norgay. Includes great shots of Everest with the blanket of snow blowing off its south face. Directed by George Lowe. Originally produced in 1953. 75 min. Video/C MM534

The Dark Glow of the Mountains (Gasherbrum, der leuchtende Berg)
In the summer of 1984, famous Italian mountain climber Reinhold Messner climbed Gasherbrum I and II, two of the highest peaks in the world back to back. A film about stark and austere inner landscapes, and what compels these climbers. A film by Werner Herzog. 1984. DVD 6505

Join an international team of climbers as they scale the tallest Himalayan peak through blizzards and dizzying altitudes with little or no oxygen. Filmed during the infamous 1996 storm which claimed eight lives, Everest features the first large format images of the inspirational yet deadly vistas of Mt. Everest. 1999. 45 min. Video/C 9376

The Making of Everest
A documentary showing how the IMAX production of "Everest" was filmed. "Photographing the world's largest mountain in the world's largest film format demanded more than just strength and courage; it required dedication and purpose. During shooting, our filming schedule took an unexpected turn when eight climbers from other expedition teams died in a sudden storm high on the mountain." 1999. 38 min. Video/C 9377

[Yuichiro Miurahe] The Man Who Skied Down Everest
A documentary about Yuichiro Miura, a Japanese alpinist who skied down Mt. Everest in 1970 accompanied by a Canadian film crew. Miura skied 6,600 feet in 2 minutes and 20 seconds and fell 1320 feet down the steep Lhotse face from the Yellow Band just below the South Col. He used a large parachute to slow his descent. He came to a full stop just 250 ft. from the edge of the crevasse. Eight died during the expeditions' ascent. Directed by Bruce Nyznik, Lawrence Schiller. 1975. 85 min. DVD X204

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How I Play Golf by Bobby Jones no. 11: Practice Shots(1931)
Supplement on DVD 5832

Schoenecke, Michael. "Bobby Jones, Golf, and His Instructional Reels." Film & History, Sep2005, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p67-70, 4p UC users only

Shoot Yourself Some Golf(1942)
Featuring Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman. Supplement on DVD 8054


Kings Ransom
On August 9, 1988, the NHL was forever changed with the single stroke of a pen. The Edmonton Oilers, fresh off their fourth Stanley Cup victory in five years, signed a deal that sent Wayne Gretzky, a Canadian national treasure and the greatest hockey player ever to play the game, to the Los Angeles Kings in a multi-player, multi-million dollar deal. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. Directed by Peter Berg. c2010. 51 min. DVD X5735

Horse Racing

While not looking the part, Seabiscuit was one of the most remarkable thoroughbred racehorses in history. In the 1930s, when Americans longed to escape the grim realities of Depression-era life, four men turned Seabiscuit into a national hero. Originally produced as an episode of the television program American experience 2003. 60 min. DVD X2585

Some They Win
A documentary on three Mexican men who are bound together by their desire to work in horse racing; one still lives in Mexico, the other is a groomer of race horces in the U.S., and one a jockey in California. A film by Jessie Deeter & Sara Maamouri. 2000. 26 min. Video/C MM1304

Car, Motorcycle, Bike Racing

The Birth of Big Air
In 1985, at the tender age of 13, Mat Hoffman entered into the BMX (Bicycle motocross) circuit as an amateur, and by 16, he had risen to the professional level. Throughout his storied career, Hoffman has ignored conventional limitations; instead focusing his efforts on the purity of the sport and the pursuit of 'what's next.' His motivations stem purely from his own ambitions, and even without endorsements, cameras, fame, and fans, Hoffman would still be working to push the boundaries of gravity. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. Directed by Jeff Tremaine. 51 min. DVD X5842

Tim Richmond: To the Limit
Tim Richmond lived too fast, partied too hard and died too young. One of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers of All Time, his unexpected withdrawal from racing kindled rumors about his health and potential drug use, when in fact, he had been diagnosed with AIDS. Presents a glimpse inside the little known story of one of NASCAR's shining stars. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. Directed by Rory Karpf. 51 min. DVD X5846

Rugby / Cricket

The 16th Man
During the apartheid era, South African teams had been banned from international competition, and its exclusion from rugby was an especially severe blow to the white population. Blacks, on the other hand, saw the national Springbok team & its colors as symbols of oppression and cheered against their home team. With the 1995 Rugby World Cup set to take place in South Africa, Nelson Mandela recognized an opportunity with the Springboks to achieve national unity through sport. Directed by Clifford Bestal. Originally broadcast as a episode on the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. c2010. 51 min. DVD X5739

A film about tough, highly competitive quadriplegic rugby players. These men have been forced to live life sitting down, but in their own version of the full-contact sport, they smash each other in custom-made gladiator-like wheelchairs. Tells the story of a group of world-class athletes unlike any ever shown on screen. In addition to smashing chairs, it smashes every stereotype about the disabled. Directed by Henry-Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro. 2005. 88 min. DVD 4851

Trobriand Cricket: An Ingenious Response to Colonialism.
Discusses how the British game of cricket has been adapted by the Trobriands (Papua New Guinea).Filmmaker, Gary Kildea; director, Jerry W. Leach. 1975. 53 min. DVD 6641

Taking Picturues Video/C 4933


Catching up with Rosalio
Follows the marathon runner Rosalio Campos as he prepares for the Big Sur International Marathon culminating in footage of the race and interviews with participants. Directed by Elba M. Stumpf. 2004. 29 min. DVD X6998

Into the Wind
Three years after having his right leg amputated six inches above the knee, Terry Fox set out to spread awareness and raise funds for cancer research by running across Canada. Anonymous at the start of his journey, Fox steadily captured the heart of a nation with his marathon of hope. After 143 days and two-thirds of the way across Canada, Fox's journey came to an abrupt end when newly discovered tumors took over his body. Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash shares Fox's incredible story of hope. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. Directed by Steve Nash & Ezra Holland. 51 min. DVD X5844

Marion Jones: Press Pause
Marion Jones captivated the world at the 2000 Summer Olympics, collecting three gold medals and two bronze. But her remarkable performance was soon tarnished. In 2007, she was stripped of her Olympic achievments and her freedom after a stunning admission that she had used performance-enhancing drugs. Follow the evolution of Marion Jones as she reflects on the past & attempts to find a new direction forward. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. Directed by John Singleton. 51 min. DVD X5846


Arab Diaries, Part 2: Youth.
Looks at the dilemmas of young women in three Arab countries: Nancy, struggling with traditional barriers inherent in Lebanese society is not supposed to move out of her mother's home until she is married, but she desperately desires independence. Sara is a 16 year-old Egyptian athlete playing soccer, a game traditionally reserved for men. Shahra and Linda perform in an Algerian female rap group famous for social and political lyrics, which has become a unique expression of dissent in the face of a conservative society and Islamic violence. 26 min. Video/C 8335

The Birth of a Passion
A documentary of the history of soccer from its origins in a games played in various countries, from the Roman legions to the druids in ancient France, from games in ancient America, Asia and medieval Europe up to the founding of the FIFA and the inaugurarion of the first world championship. Directed by Jesús Sánchez Romera. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2005. 90 min. DVD X6980

Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team
They started out on empty fields in small towns and cities across America, a handful of friends and family gathered to cheer them from the sidelines. Through seventeen years of bus trips, concussions, childbirth and family deaths, they survived soaring triumphs and devastating losses. Then one day they woke up to find themselves at the center of the world. They were Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Julie Foudy, Michelle Akers and Joy Fawcett--cultural icons at the forefront of a revolution that would change the landscape of sports. 2005. 77 min. DVD X2971

Follows the 2002 World Cup of soccer in Brazil from the point of view of the fans, with the irreverent commentary of announcer Godot Quincas. Produced and directed by Igor Cabral, Chico Serra. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. c2003. 22 min. Video/C MM1305

Memorias recentes
The final segment looks at soccer and the two sports organizations Sport Lisboa e Benifaca and Futebol Clube do Porto. In Portuguese without English subtitles. 2005. DVD 6175

Mr. Foot (South series).
A light hearted look at Cameroon's national obsession - soccer. 1991. 20 min. Video/C 3054

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Neapolitan Passion (Passione napoletana: nessuno e' come noi)
"You can give up everything in your life except your favorite football team." Looks at the Italian fan's passion for soccer with emphasis on the career of legendary Argentinian player Diego Armando Maradona. 200-? 69 min. DVD X6951

The Railroad All-stars (Estrellas de la linea) (Spain | Guatemala, 1999)
Directed by Chema Rodríguez. Valeria, Vilma, and Mercy are three members of a group of prostitutes living in Guatemala earning two dollars per service. They work at La Linea, by the railroad that runs across Guatemala City. The women dream of being treated with dignity and of the ending of the violence they endure. In order to draw attention to their everyday problems, they get together to form a football team, train for weeks and sign up for a local championship from which they are expelled for being prostitutes. This expulsion generates strong controversy in Guatemala, with support and rejection suddenly transforming their lives. 90 min. DVD X3664
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Real, The Movie
In this series Soviet life and culture are presented through explorations of the lives of particular people. This episode is a documentary about a soccer team from a steel factory in Sumgait, Azerbaijan, Soviet Union. 2006. 90 min. DVD 6239

Steel Mill Soccer
From the pitch to the locker room and to five continents, the passion for the greatest soccer team in the world is revealed. Includes soccer stars such as David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Raul, and many more. Part feature, part documentary. 2006. 90 min. DVD 7893 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1008:7

The Two Escobars
While rival drug cartels warred in the streets, the Columbian national soccer team took a rapid rise to glory, with Andres Escobar its inspirational captain. Meanwhile the infamous drug baron, Pablo Escobar, pioneered "Narco-soccer". After a mistake by Andres led to a loss at the 1994 World Cup, less than ten days later he was gunned down outside a bar, a tragedy documented in this thriller about the intersection of crime and sport. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. Produced and directed by Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist. 103 min. DVD X5842

Women's Football in Africa
Looks at the history and difficulties, challenges and successes encountered by women's soccer teams and players in Africa. 2004. 21 min. DVD 3679

Zanzibar Soccer Queens (Malkia wa soka Zanzibar)
In the Muslim country, Zanzibar, women's activities are severely curtailed. This is a portrait of a feisty group of women who have defied the cultural constraints by playing a man's game, soccer, giving reign to their competitive spirit, and defining new roles and identities for themselves in a predominantly Muslim society. Clerical disapproval has meant that there is a lack of women's teams with which to compete so the women must sometimes play against men's teams. A film by Florence Ayisi. 2008. 55 min. DVD X354

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During an entire Real Madrid vs. Villaral match before 80,000 fans at the Santiago Berabeu stadium 17 movie cameras under the direction of acclaimed cinematographer Darius Khondji were set around the playing field focusing soley on Zidane. Special features include interview with Zidane featuring his thoughts and observations on his playing career. 2005. 91 min. DVD X2717


Billabong Odyssey
A thousand people have climbed Mt. Everest, but how many have ridden an eighty-foot wave? Organizer Bill Sharp applies that rationale in combining the world's best big wave surfers, jet-powered watercraft, cutting-edge weather tracking, and wave forecasting to chase down the biggest swells the earth's oceans have to offer. Technology reveals these locations, allows surfers to reach them and then to ride bigger waves than anyone before, the ultimate man-against-the-sea adventure. Directed by Philip Boston. 2003. 87 min. DVD X206
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Dogtown and Z-boys
A documentary of a gang of discarded kids in L.A. who virtually revolutionized skateboarding with an aggressive style, awe-inspiring moves and street smarts, and in the process, transformed youth culture forever. Captures the rise of the Zephyr skateboarding team from Venice's Dogtown, a tough "locals only" beach with a legacy of outlaw surfing, who used abandoned swimming pools to sharpen their skills. 2001. 91 min. DVD 1710

Chang, Chris. "Dogtown and Z-boys." Film Comment. New York: Mar/Apr 2002. Vol. 38, Iss. 2; p. 75 (1 page)
Hayes, Andrea. "Dogtown and Z-Boys: Teaching the Documentary." Screen Education, 2005, Issue 40, p84-87, 4p UC users only
Johnson, David T. "Playgrounds of Unlimited Potential: Adaptation, Documentary, and Dogtown and Z-Boys." Adaptation, Mar2009, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p1-16, 16p UC users only
Kusz, Kyle. "Dogtown and z-boys : white particularity and the new, new cultural racism." In: Visual economies of/in motion: sport and film Edited by C. Richard King & David J. Leonard. New York : Peter Lang, c2006 (MAIN: PN1995.9.S67 V57 2006)
McDonald, Ian. "Situating the Sport Documentary." Journal of Sport & Social Issues; Aug2007, Vol. 31 Issue 3, p208-225, 18p UC users only
Roth, Elaine. "Dogtown and Z-boys." Journal of American Folklore, Spring2004, Vol. 117 Issue 464, p197-198, 2p UC users only

The Endless Summer
American Bruce Brown took the Australian surf movie and broadened the audience by adding a slight narrative line and a jokey commentary which did not disguise the film's underlying romanticism. As we follow two California surfers around the world from Malibu to Ghana, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and the forty foot waves of Oahu, what comes through is surfing not as a sport but as an attitude of life, a harmony between the surfer and the natural elements. Produced, directed and scripted by Bruce Brown. 1966. 92 min. DVD 9642
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Ormrod, Joan. "Endless Summer (1964): Consuming Waves and Surfing the Frontier." Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies 35.1 (2005) 39-51 UC users only

The Endless Summer II
From the gigantic surf off Oahu's North shore to a man made surfing park in Texas, a group of surfers continues to travel the globe in search of the ultimate wave. California's Robert Wingnut Weaver and Patrick O'Connell, are chasing the sun around the globe as they journey on a non-stop, thrill-seeking adventure where it's always summer somewhere and the surf's forever pumping. Produced, directed and scripted by Bruce Brown. 104 min. 1994. DVD X202
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Step Into Liquid
Takes you from the terrifying monstrous waves of Oahu's North Shore to the Texas waters of the Gulf of Mexico (where waves are created by massive oil supertankers) to the shores of Ireland and Rapa Nui. Told through the voices of legends, pros, and everyday surfers alike, it is not a film just for surfers, but for anyone with an appreciation for sport and an inkling of what it means to be "stoked." Special features: Disc 1: Dana Brown DVD intro; extensive deleted scenes/outtakes; surf lessons with Wingnut and Maureen Drummy; making of a surfboard with Robert and Sam August; Surfline features; "Capturing a wave" featurette; multiple interviews and commentaries with the surfers and filmmakers; music video montage; preview of disc 2 special features; Disc 2 (DVD-ROM): complete video game of Kelly Slaters' Pro Surfer "Step into liquid" high-definition; Robert August surfboard outfitter interactive feature; additional Surfline features; stunning 3D fly-through satellite imagery tour of surf locations. Written, edited & directed by Dana Brown. 2003. 88 min. DVD X203
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Marshall, W. R.; Rodriguez, Julio. "Floating: Surfing and Signification." In Visual economies of/in motion: sport and film
Edited by C. Richard King & David J. Leonard. New York : Peter Lang, c2006 (MAIN: PN1995.9.S67 V57 2006)

Thicker Than Water
Filmed entirely on 16 mm film, this beautiful surf video was shot on location in Indonesia, Tahiti, India, Ireland, France, Australia, Hawaii and New York City. Includes award winning music soundtrack. A film by Jack Johnson and Chris and Emmett Malloy. 2000. 65 min. DVD X205


No individual sports rivalry can boast the intensity and impact of the one between Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. Fierce competitors, the two lifted each other to heights that each couldn't have reached without the other. On the court, their battles were fought hard. But even more remarkable is what happened off the court, as they formed a strong and lasting friendship, bonding them to this day. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. Directed by Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters. 51 min. DVD X5844

The Olympics

Beijing 2008: Highlights: The Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Captures the highlights of the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics. Bonus features: Spectacular torch lighting from opening ceremony ; selected performances from Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson ; gold medal beach volleyball victory of Kerri Walsh/Misty May-Treanor ; gold medal races of Usain Bolt at 100 and 200 meters ; all U.S. gold medal performances from track & field. Originally broadcast on NBC in 2008. 221 min. DVD X5622

Los Angeles Carries the Olympic Torch
This is the story of the people and politics behind the Los Angeles Olympics. The program features an interview with Mayor Tom Bradley and a historical review of the 1932 Olympics. California Journal report; 1. 1981. Video/C 2098 (in storage NRLF: B 3 969 106)

Marion Jones: Press Pause
Marion Jones captivated the world at the 2000 Summer Olympics, collecting three gold medals and two bronze. But her remarkable performance was soon tarnished. In 2007, she was stripped of her Olympic achievments and her freedom after a stunning admission that she had used performance-enhancing drugs. Follow the evolution of Marion Jones as she reflects on the past & attempts to find a new direction forward. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. Directed by John Singleton. 51 min. DVD X5846

Olympia I: The Festival of the People (1936-1938)
Videocassette release of the 1936-1938 documentary by Leni Riefenstahl-Produktion. After being commissioned by the 1936 Olympic committee to create a feature film of the Berlin Olympics, Riefenstahl made a film that celebrates the human body by combining the poetry of bodies in motion with close-ups of athletes in the heat of competition. Part I, "The Festival of the People," includes the carrying of the flame from Greece, the lighting of the torch and the track-and-field events where American runner Jessie Owens won an unprecedented four gold medals. 119 min. DVD 3681 also VHS Video/C 5432
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Olympia II: The Festival of Beauty(1936-1938)
Includes field hockey, polo, soccer, aquatic, bicycling, sailing and rowing events as well as the marathon race and the thrilling decathlon where American Glen Morris won the title of the greatest all-around athlete in the world. 96 min. DVD 3681; also VHS Video/C 5433
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Olympics of 1936
Presents newsreel highlights of the 1936 games, aka "The Hitler games," featuring American track star Jesse Owens. 7 min. Video/C MM179

The Olympic Series: Golden Moments 1920-2002
This special collection of historic Olympic moments has been divided into compelling, never-before-seen segments. Includes: The Spirit of the Olympics, The Winter Games and Olympic Highlights. Contains highlights from all the modern Olympics dating back to the 1920's. Contents: Disc 1. The Spirit of the Olympics. The Olympic spirit -- National pride -- Emotional celebrations -- Personal achievements -- Disc 2. The Winter games. A Winter's tale -- Winter superstars -- Winter heroes -- Salt Lake City 2002 -- Disc 3. Olympic highlights. Sydney 2000 -- Closeness of victory -- Rivalry -- Crossing the line -- Breaking the record -- Supreme achievements -- The Medal ceremony. 6 hours, 30 min. DVD X5619

One Day in September
Presents the shocking true story of the brutal massacre of 11 Israeli athletes by a team of extreme Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. Chronicles events from terrorist training in Libya to the terrorists sneaking into the Olympic Village to the tension-filled negotiations to the shocking conclusion at a German airport. Told with actual video shot during the crisis and interviews with those who took part (including the only surviving member of the Black September group). 2001. 90 min. DVD 1040

Tokyo Olympiad.
An epic study of athletes struggling to excel against their own bodies and against each other. Kon Ichikawa used 164 cameramen and over 100 cameras to show the humanity of the competitors--the tears of the Japanese women volleyball champions, the bellow of the hammer throwers, the pain of the collapsed marathon runner and the solitude of the loser, finishing his lap alone. Originally produced as a motion picture in 1965. 170 min. DVD 1280; also on VHS Video/C 4788 Pt. 1-2

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Flaherty Documentary Award

McDonald, Ian. "Critiquing the Olympic documentary: Kon Ichikawa's Tokyo Olympiad." Sport in Society, Mar2008, Vol. 11 Issue 2/3, p298-310, 13p UC users only

Vancouver 2010: XXI Olympic Winter Games Highlights
Highlights from the 2010 Winter Olympics from Vancouver, Canada. Includes the opening ceremonies, behind the scenes, plus up-close and personal stories that shaped the two-week winter games. 320 min. DVD X5626

Body Building

Afghan Muscles.
In war-ravaged post-Taliban Kabul, Afghanistan young men have discovered the art of bodybuilding and dream of muscle, honour and fame. Once barely tolerated by the Taliban, bodybuilding gyms and clubs are sprouting up throughout the country. Today, competitions take place in the open -- in overcrowded halls where contestants strut their stuff before enthusiastic audiences of robed bearded men who fervently cheer for their favorites. Directed by Andreas M. Dalsgaard. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2007. 59 min. DVD X362

Bigger, Stronger, Faster
A look at how Americans see themselves as having to be the best in the world, and what some people will do in order to achieve that title... At its heart, this is the story of director Christopher Bell and his two brothers who grew up idolizing muscular giants like Hulk Hogan, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and who went on to become members of the steroid-subculture in an effort to realize their American dream. When you discover that your heroes have all broken the rules, do you follow the rules, or do you follow your heroes? Directed by Chris Bell. 106 min. 2008. DVD X413

Blood Sports (Taboo series)
Cockfighting is popular in many parts of the world, but legal in only three U.S. states. In Mexico, bullfighting has evolved into a form of art with a deadly finish. And in Bolivia, people beat each other bloody in an annual fighting ritual. Originally broadcast on the National Georgaphic Channel in 2004. 48 min. DVD X1140

Pumping Iron
In 1977, an independent documentary movie shed light on the world of bodybuilding, becoming a hugh box office hit and creating an international sensation. It launched one man's multi-million dollar career. It changed the world of bodybuilding and physical exercise forever. Follows 5-time Mr. Olympia, Arnold Schwarzenegger, as he gets ready to compete for his 6th title. Directed by George Butler and Robert Fiore. Based on the book by Charles Gaines and George Butler. Special features: "Iron and beyond": explores the impact on the fitness industry and Hollywood's idea of the action hero; "Raw iron": the making-of 'Pumping iron' - includes exclusive outtakes and an interview reunion; "Iron insights": a 2003 in-depth interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger, in which he finally answers controversial questions frequently asked about the film; video bio of Arnold Schwarzenegger - a comprehensive biography with exlusive photo gallery. 1977. 90 min. DVD 2130; also on VHS Video/C 3708

Boyle, Ellexis. "Marketing muscular masculinity in Arnold: the education of a bodybuilder." Journal of Gender Studies, Volume 19, Issue 2 June 2010 , pages 153 - 166 UC users only
Holmlund, Christine Anne. "Visible Difference and Flex Appeal: The Body, Sex, Sexuality, and Race in the "Pumping Iron" Films." Cinema Journal, Vol. 28, No. 3, Spring, 1989 UC users only
Schwarzenegger, Arnold. Arnold : the education of a bodybuilder / Arnold Schwarzenegger, with Douglas Kent Hall New York : Simon and Schuster, c1977 (Bancroft (NRLF) GV460.2.S38 .A32 1977)

Pumping Iron II: The Women
This controversial film about blood, sweat, and beauty follows the stories of five top female body-builders as they prepare for the Caesars Palace World Cup championship. 1985. 107 min. DVD 2891

Aoki, Douglas Sadao. "Posing the Subject: Sex, Illumination, and Pumping Iron II: The Women." Cinema Journal, Summer99, Vol. 38 Issue 4, p24-44, 21p UC users only
Brady, Jacqueline. "Pumping Iron with Resistance: Carla Dunlap's Victorious Body." In: Recovering the Black female body : self-representations by African American women / edited by Michael Bennett and Vanessa D. Dickerson. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks E185.86 .R37 2001)
Ian, Marcia. "Popular Culture: From Abject to Object: Women's Bodybuilding." Postmodern Culture, Volume 1, Number 3, May 1991 UC users only
McDonald, Ian. "Situating the Sport Documentary." Journal of Sport & Social Issues; Aug2007, Vol. 31 Issue 3, p208-225, 18p UC users only


All for One: In the Spirit of the Race.
This first feature-length documentary film ever made about men's intercollegiate rowing, follows coach Steve Gladstone and his University of California Berkeley crew team in their quest to rebuild the once dominant rowing program. Having led Cal to their last national title in 1976 and now in his second stint at Cal in 1997, Gladstone produced immediate results by guiding the team to their best season in over a decade. 2001. 60 min. DVD 7984; vhs Video/C 8311

Beauty Knows No Pain
A documentary film which follows the annual development of the Kilgore Rangerettes, a corps of marching and dancing majorettes at Kilgore College, Kilgore, Tex., through their rigorous training and indoctrination to their final dress rehearsal. Directed by Elliott Erwitt. 1971. 25 min. Video/C 9177

Beauty Mark: Body Image & the Race for Perfection
Diana Israel, a Boulder-based psychotherapist and former champion triathlete, talks candidly about her long and agonizing personal struggle with eating disorders and obsessive exercising, fearlessly confronting her own painful past as she attempt to come to terms with American culture's unhealthy fixation on self-destructive ideals of beauty and competitiveness. The film lends context to Israel's personal odyssey with fascinating insights from athletes, bodybuilders, fashion models, and inner-city teens, as well as prominent cultural critics and authors. Directed by Carla Precht & Kathleen Man. 2009. 53 min. DVD X1279

Description from Media Education Foundation catalog

Bigger, Stronger, Faster
A look at how Americans see themselves as having to be the best in the world, and what some people will do in order to achieve that title... At its heart, this is the story of director Christopher Bell and his two brothers who grew up idolizing muscular giants like Hulk Hogan, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and who went on to become members of the steroid-subculture in an effort to realize their American dream. When you discover that your heroes have all broken the rules, do you follow the rules, or do you follow your heroes? Directed by Chris Bell. 106 min. 2008. DVD X413

The Black Athlete.
Features archival films with early black athletes, interviews with prominent black athletes and coaches such as O.J. Simpson, Harry Edwards, Muhammed Ali, Arthur Ashe and others. Raises questions about the status of black people in the American culture. c1980. 58 min. Video/C 185

Black Bull (Toro negro)
Documentary on Fernando Pacheco Colli, "El Suicida", a young bullfighter who performs in the popular festivals of the small Mayan communities of the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. Follows Pacheco Colli's life in and out of the bullring, exploring his human passions and conflicts as well as his heavy alcohol and drug use. A film by Pedro González-Rubio, Carlos Armella. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2005? 89 min. DVD X3724

Body and Soul. Part 1, Body
An examination of Negro contributions to sports in America. Racial tensions on college and pro teams, and the threat of an Olympic boycott in 1968, suggest that the sports world is not as integrated as some people think. Interviews with sports figures bring up questions about the fairness of treatment that Negro athletes have received from their managers, spectators and country. A CBS News production, 1968. DVD 8425 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C MM735

The Cockfight
At cockfights in Bali, birds are matched by type, strength and fighting characteristics, metal spurs are tied to their legs, and bets are placed on the outcome: fatality, surrender, or tie-breaker. 15 min. Video/C 8746

This classic study of cockfighting shows the training of the birds and actual scenes of fighting and investigates the attraction of one of the world's most popular spectator sports. 1974. 25 min. Video/C 9910

In Whose Honor? American Indian Mascots in Sports
The Atlanta Braves. Kansas City Chiefs. Washington Redskins. Cleveland Indians. This film takes a critical look at the long-running practice of using Native American Indian nicknames as mascots in sports. It centers around a discussion of Chief Illiniwek as the University of Illinois mascot, and the effect the mascot has on Native American peoples. Graduate student Charlene Teters shares the impact of the Chief on her family. Interviewees include members of the Board of Regents, students, alumni, current and former "Chiefs" and members of the community. Written and produced by Jay Rosenstein. c1997. 47 min. DVD X5050; Video/C 5891

Description from New Day Films catalog

The Journey of the African-American Athlete.
African-American athletes today are much-loved heroes in American sports, but this has not always been true. In the past, many black athletes faced crushing racial discrimination, were rejected by their fellow competitors and fans, and had to wage a lifetime struggle to achieve equality on the playing field. Captured here are some of the Afro-American greats who led the way. 1996. 119 min. Video/C 5430

June 17th, 1994
Do you remember where you were on June 17, 1994? Thanks to a wide array of unrelated, coast-to-coast occurrences, this Friday has come to be known for its firsts, lasts, triumphs and tragedy. Arnold Palmer played his last round at a U.S. Open, in Oakmont, Pa., the FIFA World Cup kicked off in Chicago, the Rangers celebrated on Broadway, Patrick Ewing desperately pursued a long evasive championship in the Garden and Donald Fehr stared down the baseball owners. And yet, all of that was a prelude to O.J. Simpson leading America on a slow speed chase in a white Ford Bronco around Los Angeles. Director Brett Morgen artistically weaves these moments and others to create a unique and reflective look at a day that no sports fan could forget. Directed by Brett Morgen. Originally broadcast as a episode on the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. c2010. 51 min. DVD X5740

Just for the Ride
Through a profile of the lives of two cowgirls, presents a history of women in professional rodeos, and their evolving role from background "decoration" to full-fledged rodeo participants. Filmed, edited, and produced by Amanda Micheli1996. 53 min. Video/C MM778

The Legend of Jimmy the Greek
In the early '80s, The NFL Today was one of the preeminent sports programs on television. It was a perfect combination of reporting, analysis, predictions, humor, and talent. But there was no personality on the show more popular that Jimmy 'The Greek' Snyder. Born in Steubenville, Ohio, to Greek immigrants, Jimmy overcame childhood tragedy, moved to Las Vegas, and eventually became the biggest name in the world of sports handicapping. Directed by Fritz Mitchell. Originally broadcast as a episode on the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. c2010. 51 min. DVD X5736

Marathon Challenge
Follows thirteen sedentary individuals through a nine-month training program designed to prepare them for running the grueling Boston Marathon. Filled with personal drama, the film also takes viewers on a scientific adventure inside the human body. What happens to muscles and hearts when couch potatoes become endurance runners? And what are the hidden risks? This behind-the-scenes portrait of the trials, tribulations, and joys of marathon training reaches a climax at the 2007 Boston Marathon. Originally produced as an episode of the television series: Nova. 2008. 54 min. DVD X867

Not Just a Game
We've been told again and again that sports and politics don't mix. In this documentary, Dave Zirin, sports editor of The Nation magazine, takes viewers on a tour of the good, the bad, and the ugly of American sports culture -- showing how sports have helped both to stabilize and to disrupt the political status quo throughout history. Explores how American sports, at their worst, have reinforced repressive political ideas and institutions by glamorizing things like militarism, racism, sexism, and homophobia, as well as looking at a history of rebel athletes who dared to fight for social justice beyond the field of play. Contents: Introduction (5:33) -- In the arena (12:46) -- Like a girl (17:48) -- Breaking the color barrier (8:11) -- The courage of athletes (14:47). Directed by Jeremy Earp. 2010. 62 min. DVD X5227

Description from Media Education Foundation catalog

The Peking Acrobats
A performance by the Chinese acrobatic troup, experts at wire-walking, trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. Defying gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control, they push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing juggling dexterity and incredible balancing feats, showcasing tremendous skill and ability. Recorded live by HDNet on January 28, 2005 at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts in Arroyo Grande, California. 2005. 84 min. DVD X6879

Playing Unfair
It has been 30 years since Title IX legislation granted women equal playing time, but the male-dominated world of sports journalism has yet to catch up with the law. Coverage of women's sport lags far behind men's, and focuses on female athletes femininity and sexuality over their achievements on the court and field. It has been 30 years since Title IX legislation granted women equal playing time, but the male-dominated world of sports journalism has yet to catch up with the law. Coverage of women's sport lags far behind men's, and focuses on female athletes femininity and sexuality over their achievements on the court and field. 2002. 30 min. Video/C8892

Description from Media Education Foundation Catalog

Reaching the Finish Line: Black Athletes and Civil Rights.
This program evaluates the societal contributions of Afro-American sports greats Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, Toni Stone, Willie O'Ree, Arthur Ashe and other sports icons who, with commitment and perseverance, broke the color barrier in professional athletics, paving the way for later civil rights victories. Commentary: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, John Isaacs, Charlie Sifford, Don Newcombe, Buck O'Neil, Rachel Robinson, Willie O'Ree, Dusty Baker, Mamie Johnson, Donald Dell. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1999. 32 min. Video/C 6873

Spirit of the Marathon
A look at the Chicago Marathon, which stretches 26.2 miles, and the runners who participate from all walks of life, each with their own story. Features five runners - three amateurs and two elites - as they train for and ultimately run the Chicago Marathon. Directed by Jon Dunham. 2007. 102 min. DVD X3034

Sporting Fever, 1930. (The People's Century)
In the early 1900's, competitive sports were still not far removed from recreation--more for the player than the spectator. This film follows boxing, baseball, soccer, and more, as sports transition from a modest pastime to a fiercely competitive--and commercial-- business to a potent expression of national pride and politics. Throughout, sports fans the world over remember the drama, the thrill, the exhilaration--and the patriotism--their favorite athletes and sports teams aroused. Includes a look at the role of American sportswriters, and live radio and television broadcasting of sporting events. 1998. 56 min. Video/C 5545

A State of Mind
Following a strict routine, which involves several hours of daily workouts and gymnastic instruction, two young North Korean girls practice through exhaustion for the 2003 Mass Games, the largest choreographed spectacle on earth. A mixture of cinema verite and essay filmmaking, the documentary includes images of state-regulated schools, pubs, artistic performances and glimpses into the hardships of average North Koreans' lives in a manner almost never permitted by the Pyongyang government. The film also explores how the brutal 1950s U.S. bombings still stand as a lingering trauma in this nation of 22 million. Produced and directed by Daniel Gordon. 2006. 94 min. DVD 5077

Taris, champion de natation (Taris, roi de l'eau) (1931)
"The second of Vigo's four films is about 10 minutes long. The subject, allegedly, is a French national swimming champion, Jean Taris. First we see him swimming normally. Then we see a hint that this isn't a documentary short: Taris dives into the water, Vigo runs the film backwards, and Taris is spit back out. This happens 3 times. Thus the crux of the film: inventive (for the time) technique, while overuse of it occurs. Fun stuff, though: interesting shots of Taris doing the backstroke. Finally, we see him goofing around underwater; by this point, the movie achieves a genuine state of grace. Can be found on No. 10 of the New York Film Annex's video series of experimental and abstract films." Directed by Jean Vigo. [Internet Movie Database] DVD X6356; DVD 3482 (non-US format DVD)

Training Rules: No Drinking, No Drugs, No Lesbians
A look at how homophobia among women's college sports destroyed the dreams and careers of some of the country's top athletes. Follows Penn State women's basketball champ Jennifer Harris as she takes on the institutionalized homophobia of coach Rene Portland. Bonus features: Interviews with college and pro athletes from a range of sports, theatrical trailer, NCLR featurette. Directed by Dee Mosbacher & Fawn Yacker. 2009. 60 min. DVD X3593

The Unforgettable Fifties: The Newsreels. 7, Sports.
Presents games and entertainments of the 50s starting with logging competitions, sand surfing, water and snow sports, stock car racing, rodeo, bull fighting, weight lifting, ping-pong, woman wrestlers, bike racing, kayaking, and other fun and games. These popular sports are followed by the golf scene with Ben Hogan, horse racing with Native Dancer, boxing with Sugar Ray Robinson, Wimbledon tennis with Althena Gibson, baseball's 18th all-star game, Don Larsen's perfect game, the N.Y. Yankees winning the world series, Army-Navy football, the running of the bulls and more. 57 min. Video/C 7693

The story of the surviving members of the Viennese Hakoah sports club women's swim team, a world-dominating competitor in the 1930s. The club was eventually shut down during Hitler's reign, though all the Jewish women swimming champions managed to escape capture. Combines historical footage and contemporary interviews to reconnect the women's lives and memories. Director, Yaron Zilberman. c2005. 77 min. DVD 4873

Yosemite, Ascending Rhythm: They Climb in Beauty
Takes the viewer to the heart of Yosemite National Park with scenes of fearless rock climbers ascending the mountains of Yosemite to the rhythmic, musical sounds of nature. A video by Sterling Johnson and Ron Kauk. 2000? 62 min. DVD X6315
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