Canada Square Cinemas (ReelWorld Film Festival) -Friday April 8th, 2011
Recap: All Balls Don't Bounce brought renowned sportswriter and author, Dave Zirin to Toronto for the Canadian premiere of his documentary Not Just A Game. The film examines how the athletic-industrial complex has helped reinforce racism, sexism and homophobia. It also tells the stories of the brave athletes who used sports as a forum to fight for equality on the playing field and beyond. A highlight of the ReelWorld Film Festival, Zirin held a lengthy Q&A post screening to an enthusiastic standing room only crowd.
ALL BALLS DON'T BOUNCE PRESENTS OUT: THE GLENN BURKE STORY (PRIDE Toronto) - Friday June 30th, 2011
Recap: All Balls Don't Bounce presented the Canadian premiere of Out: The Glenn Burke Story, the dramatic tale of Burke's legacy as the first openly gay Major League Baseball player. The screening was an Affiliate Event of Pride Week Toronto and Out producer and director Doug Harris, who went to high school with Burke was in attendance for a spirited Q&A session.
ALL BALLS DON'T BOUNCE PRESENTS: THE JOHN CARLOS STORY
(University of Toronto - Scarborough) - Monday November 14th, 2011
Recap: All Balls Don't Bounce brought Olympic medalist and activist John Carlos to Toronto to promote his autobiography The John Carlos Story. Carlos gave a lecture at the University of Toronto - Scarborough, sharing his experiences and discussed the Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium which sparked controversy. The standing ovation he received, was a testament to a remarkable evening from the man behind the salute, a living legend, a star athlete and a downtrodden political activist.
No Look Pass is the coming-of-age American Dream story of Emily "Etay" Tay, a first generation Burmese immigrant from Chinatown, Los Angeles, who breaks all of the rules of tradition. After living a double life at Harvard University, she strives to play professional basketball in Germany while coming out as a lesbian. Emily's dreams are no slam dunk — family, race, and Don't Ask Don't Tell conspire against her, firing her passions on and off the court.
From his days championing college sports to his stint as a naval officer, tennis ace, ladies' man, and all-American boy Richard Raskind was an archetypical male in every sense. And then in his 40s, after getting married and having a son, Richard became Renée. Renée was still dynamite on the tennis court, but being the first transsexual player in the women's US Open would put her in a spotlight she couldn't escape.
Director/Producer Eric Drath and 9-time Wimbledon Champion Martina Navratilova will be present for a post-screen Q&A
This classic sports story recounts the 2011 journey of the last professional knuckleball pitchers: Tim Wakefield, a 17-year Red Sox veteran, and Mets up-and-comer R.A. Dickey. Together with just four other living knuckleballers, they shine a light on their remarkable brotherhood and the shared pursuit of honor and craftsmanship.
Tickets will be available at the box office the evening of the screening, to purchase advance tickets click here: http://www.ticketbreak.com/event_details/5384
ALL BALLS DON'T BOUNCE PRESENTS: BENJI
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema - Monday October 1st
All Balls Don't Bounce Presents the second in an ongoing series of documentaries providing a first-hand look at the characters and stories behind the sport, with the Canadian premiere of the upcoming ESPN 30 For 30 Film Benji.
In 1984, 17-year-old Ben Wilson was a symbol of everything promising about Chicago: a sweet-natured youngster from the city's fabled South Side, and America's top high school basketball prospect. Nicknamed "Magic Johnson with a jump shot," Wilson's natural talents and drive assured his best years were yet to come. Then, in November of his senior year, the career of this exceptional youngster was abruptly and tragically cut short. Ben's grim fate sent ripples of horror through the city and the country.
All Balls Don't Bounce Presents our third in an ongoing series of documentaries providing a first-hand look at the characters and stories behind the sport, with the Toronto premiere of The Iran Job.
The Iran Job follows American basketball player Kevin Sheppard as he accepts a job to play in one of the world’s most feared countries: Iran. With tensions running high between Iran and the West, Kevin tries to separate sports from politics only to find that politics is impossible to escape in Iran. Along the way he forms an unlikely alliance with three outspoken Iranian women. Thanks to these women, his apartment turns into an oasis of free speech, where they discuss everything from politics to religion to gender roles. Kevin’s season in Iran culminates in something much bigger than basketball: the uprising and subsequent suppression of Iran’s reformist Green Movement – a powerful prelude to the sweeping changes across the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring.
Director/Producers Till Schauder and Sara Nodjumi will be in attendance for a post-screen Q&A.
Tickets are $13.00 and can be purchased at the box office the night of the screening or are available in advance here: