A clip from the new documentary “Top Spin” shows there’s more to ping pong than meets the eye.
Casual players might not focus much on their technique, but the competitive world of high-velocity table tennis is a different beast. And we see that in Mina T. Son and Sara Newens’ sports film, which follows two talented young players whose friendship is tested as they compete for an Olympic roster spot.
Jonathan Bricklin and Franck Raharinosy executive produce “Top Spin,” which premieres Saturday at the DOC NYC festival in New York.
“Just like the prodigious ping-pong players in this documentary, filmmakers Sara and Mina have put their blood, sweat, and tears into a captivating story about what it takes to be the best ping-pong players in America, and perhaps the world, while still in high school,” Bricklin said.
The film, which has been in the works for years, was partially financed by a successful 2012 Kickstarter campaign. Over $75,000 was raised for post-production expenses and several prizes were given to donors, including a private party at an elite New York City ping pong social club co-founded by Oscar winning actress Susan Sarandon (“Dead Man Walking”).
Watch an exclusive clip from the film above.
“Top Spin” premieres as part of DOC NYC on Saturday at 4:30pm at the SVA Theater in New York. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the directors and film subjects.