New York, New York (March 20, 2007) –Tribeca Enterprises, the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival, and ESPN Inc., the worldwide leader in sports entertainment, today announced the screenings and information for the inaugural Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, which will take place during the 12 days of the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. In its debut, the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival will offer screenings of 14 feature length films including 12 World Premieres, a special Tribeca Talks panel discussionand “Sports Saturday,” a free, outdoor, day of interactive sports related games and demonstrations. The sixth annual Tribeca Film Festival will take place April 25 – May 6, 2007.
“Over the last five festivals we have shown almost 30 narrative and documentary films which explore sports and competition and now with the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival we have a platform for these films and their audiences,” said Jane Rosenthal co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca Enterprises. “The films in this program not only tell the stories of athletes and competition, but highlight how sports can be a positive social force for bridging racial and political divides.”
“The collaboration between ESPN and Tribeca epitomizes the growing convergence of sports and entertainment and will provide fans with a collection of competitive theme films whose depth, scope and quality are simply unprecedented,” said Geoff Reiss, ESPN senior vice president, ESPN Original Entertainment. “We're delighted with the strength of the slate and look forward to giving this exciting genre the attention it deserves.”
The Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival will open April 27 with a gala premiere of the film “The Grand” a mockumentary starring Woody Harrelson on a quest to win the Grand Championship of Poker to save his dead father’s hotel-casino from the clutches of a high-end real estate developer. “The Grand” also features Werner Herzog, Cheryl Hines, David Cross, Ray Romano and Dennis Farina.