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The 11th annual Tribecas/ESPN Sports Film Festival, the premier showcase of sports and competition films, offers sports fans and film buffs alike the opportunity to screen new films that are changing the sports landscape. The section features stories about some of the greatest, and in some cases unknown teams, competitions, and superior athletes.
ESPN + Tribeca: Sports Film Festival
Film Title Chuck Directed by Philippe Falardeau

Chuck is the true story of Chuck Wepner (Liev Schreiber), the man who inspired the billion-dollar film series Rocky—a liquor salesman from New Jersey who went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali. Wepner suffered numerous losses, knockouts, and broken noses in his ten years in the ring, and lived an epic life of drugs, booze, and wild women outside of it. With Elisabeth Moss, Ron Perlman, Naomi Watts, Jim Gaffigan, Michael Rapaport. An IFC Films release.

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Film Title No Stone Unturned Directed by Alex Gibney

In 1994, six men were gunned down and five wounded in a pub while watching a World Cup soccer match in Loughinisland, Northern Ireland. With a police investigation that was perfunctory at best, the case remained unsolved. In this non-fiction murder mystery, Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney reopens the original case to investigate why no culprit was ever brought to justice.

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Film Title Sambá Directed by Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzman

Cisco has his back against the ropes. After spending 15 years in an American jail, he's returned to the Dominican Republic yet is unable to get a job, a problem compounded by his mother’s ailing health and his younger brother’s delinquent habits. To make money, he's resorted to illegal street fighting. But Cisco finds a possible salvation in Nichi, an Italian ex-boxer who sees dollar signs in Cisco’s gritty fighting skills. With Algenis Pérez Soto, Ettore D'Alessandro, Laura Gómez, Ricardo A. Toribio. In Spanish with subtitles.

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Film Title Year of the Scab Directed by John Dorsey

During the 1987 NFL strike, teams scrambled to assemble temporary replacements to fill in for their boycotting players. The Washington Redskins were notable for their ‘scabs,‘ a collection of cast-offs who nonetheless rode a surprising wave of momentum against all odds. ‘Year of the Scab‘ revisits this ultimate underdog story and the men whose ordinary lives were interrupted. Those so-called ‘scabs‘ helped break the strike and bring their team to victory, only to struggle for their place in the sports history books. An ESPN Films release.

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Film Title Shorts: Sports Shorts Shorts Program

A spectrum of stories, styles, and sports, this collection of athletically-minded short films will take audiences on a decades-spanning journey through some of the most unexpected and entertaining tales from sports legends and amateurs alike.

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