Tribeca/ESPN fest kicks off with “Straight Outta L.A.,”
“Straight Outta L.A.” a documentary about the Los Angeles Raiders football team from rapper-turned-filmmaker Ice Cube, will kick off this year’s Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, which will run during the Tribeca Film Festival in late April and early May.
Ice Cube’s film, which was produced as part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” series, deals with the 13 years the Oakland Raiders spent in Los Angeles beginning in 1982, when the outlaw-styled team became a favorite of the hip-hop scene emerging in South Central L.A. (ESPN photo, below: Ice Cube with Snoop Dogg at the L.A. Coliseum.)
“Straight Outta L.A.” will have its gala premiere on Friday, April 23. The other six films in the Tribeca/ESP Sports Film Festival will screen throughout the Tribeca schedule, April 21 through May 2; all of them will also screen on “Sports Day,” May 1.
Films in the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival:
“The Birth of Big Air,” directed by Jeff Tremaine. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Features BMX biker Mat Hoffman. Produced by Spike Jonze and Johnny Knoxville.
“Freetime Machos,” directed by Mika Ronkainen. (Finland, Germany) – North American and Tribeca Film Festival Virtual Premiere, Documentary. About Finland’s worst amateur rugby team.
“Into the Cold,” directed by Sebastian Copeland. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. About environmental advocate Sebastian Copeland’s attempt to reach the North Pole.
“Keep Surfing,” directed by Bjoern Richie Lob. (Germany) – International Premiere, Documentary. Documentary about river-surfing in Munich. Cameos by Nick Carroll and Kelly Slater.
“Last Play at Shea,” directed by Paul Crowder and Jon Small (concert footage). (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Deals with the New York Mets and the final days of Shea Stadium, set to the music of Billy Joel’s final Shea concert
“Straight Outta L.A.,” directed by Ice Cube. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. About the Los Angeles Raiders.
“The Two Escobars,” directed by Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist. (Colombia, USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Story of unrelated soccer player Andrés Escobar and drug lord Pablo Escobar.