World Premiere


Feature | USA | 90 MINUTES | English
Female Director(s), Sports, Documentary
Acclaimed documentarians Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (The Devil Came on Horseback, TFF 2007; Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, TFF 2010) deconstruct the unpredictable and erratic pitching style known as the knuckleball in this highly entertaining and enlightening sports doc. Anchoring the history of the controversial pitch itself are the trials and triumphs of two of its best known practitioners in the major league: veteran Tim Wakefield of the Red Sox as he struggles to clinch his 200th career win, and up-and-comer R.A. Dickey looking to make a name for himself with the New York Mets.

A classic sports story from its glorious highs to its crushing lows, Stern and Sundberg's energetic documentary explores the knuckleball phenomenon through copious archival footage and illuminating interviews with legends like Charlie Hough, all with a level of reverence and detail that would make a true baseball aficionado proud. Through Wakefield and Dickey's tumultuous stories, Knuckleball! demonstrates why the titular pitch is renowned as one of the most difficult to hit in baseball, and also one of the most difficult to master.

Cast & Credits
Directed by
Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern
Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg are the Emmy-nominated co-directors of The Devil Came on Horseback and The Trials of Darryl Hunt, for which they received the duPont-Columbia Award and prizes at more than 30 festivals. Their most recent films are The End of America, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, and Burma Soldier.
Christine Schomer, Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg

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Update 3.23: Please note that one screening time has changed.


Appropriate for teens and up.



The April 21 screening is part of the Tribeca Drive-in:


Take me out to the ball game! Bring the kids early for live music, giveaways, baseball trivia contests and pitching clinics with pro knuckleballers R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets, Tim Wakefield, formerly of the Boston Red Sox, and former New York Yankee Jim Bouton, then see the world premiere of this action-packed TFF documentary about their controversial pitching style.


Saturday, April 21
World Financial Center Plaza

Tribeca Drive-in
opens at 6:00 pm.
Activities and programming begin at 6:30 pm.
Film screenings start at dusk (approx. 8:15 pm). 

Co-sponsored by:

Jetblue Time Warner Cable

Hosted by Brookfield, and supported by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


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