HIGHLIGHTS: November 2022 SPORTS Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Drama Short: PULLING THE GOALIE
Best Doc Short: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE ADVERSITY
Best Cinematography: MONOLOG 2

Best Direction: TRIAPHIE

Best Sound & Music: GRANITE JAW

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

PULLING THE GOALIE, 23min., USA, Drama

Directed by Hiag Avsharian
“Avsharian has cleverly framed his film about male infertility from a conventionally male perspective using hockey as a metaphor to provide both context and levity. Sport provides an immediate connection to an uncomfortable and embarrassing topic with both situations and language that are laughingly familiar to both men and women. As an entry into the increasingly complex and demoralizing process of the infertility treadmill about which men frequently feel baffled and disengaged, Avsharian uses that parallel to create a deeply personal and compelling narrative.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE ADVERSITY, 19min., USA, Documentary


Directed by Jay C. Williams
Past, Present, Future Adversity “Arrival”, new director of San Jose State University track and field and cross country Charles Ryan arrives in San Jose State University, as the program’s first African American director of track & field. After the program’s recent reinstatement after a +40 year gap between the era of Speed City including athletes such as Ray Norton, Tommie Smith, and John Carlos. Coach has been tasked with rebuilding program with a new coaching staff, an entirely new athletic department, and no track and field facility.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


MONOLOG 2, 10min., Austria, Documentary


Directed by Nils Roling
Christoph Schoefegger is skiing longer than he can remember, it’s his biggest love and his whole life circles around it. But what happens if somehow you loose the foundation of this passion? What happens when you don’t go skiing for yourself anymore but because of competitions?

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NEVER GIVE UP: AKINORI IN MOORESVILLE, 13min, USA, Documentary


Directed by Royce Akifumi Wilmot
24 years since first attending a NASCAR race, Akinori Ogata chases his dream of one day racing in the Daytona 500. Moving his family halfway across the world in the process, he races locally in the lower series of NASCAR, working for his big break. His sons have graduated high school, and they and his wife have moved back to Japan. Alone in his small race shop, he prepares his limited late model stock car for the biggest local race of the year.

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BEYOND THE ROPES, 38min., USA, Documentary


Directed by Jalen Robinson
BEYOND THE ROPES: The 40+ Double Dutch Club Documentary showcases how taking a “break from adulting” to jump double dutch, hula hoop and play old childhood games can be an exciting, affordable way to tone, burn calories and improve physical, mental and spiritual health while encouraging and inspiring women in an often overlooked age group to relive positive childhood memories and create new ones!

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE ADVERSITY, 19min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Jay C. Williams
Past, Present, Future Adversity “Arrival”, new director of San Jose State University track and field and cross country Charles Ryan arrives in San Jose State University, as the program’s first African American director of track & field. After the program’s recent reinstatement after a +40 year gap between the era of Speed City including athletes such as Ray Norton, Tommie Smith, and John Carlos. Coach has been tasked with rebuilding program with a new coaching staff, an entirely new athletic department, and no track and field facility.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

TRIAPHIE, 14min., Austria, Documentary
Directed by Matthaeus Weissenbacher
Manfred Eder had suffered from chronic asthma since he was 18 months old. His whole life he took strong medicine like cortisones, to compete the asthma. At times the side effects were as bad as the sickness, Manfred says.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

https://www.wildsound.ca/videos/triaphie-review


GRANITE JAW, 6min., Canada, Documentary
Directed by Conner Nikides
A heavyweight boxer training on his boxing bag as he thinks of the fights he has had in the past and is going to have.
A man with a granite jaw.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video: https://www.wildsound.ca/videos/granite-jaw-review

HIGHLIGHTS: October 2022 SPORTS Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Drama Film: MATCH DAY
Best Documentary: MIRACLE IN MISSOULA

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MIRACLE IN MISSOULA, 39min,. USA, Documentary

Directed by Dawson Ahrenstorff
A documentary featuring the greatest comeback in Brawl of the Wild history and the unbridled passion for football between the University of Montana and Montana State.

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MATCH DAY, 14min., USA, Family

Directed by Clay Randel
After watching her favorite team lose in dramatic fashion, a young soccer fan must navigate the stages of loss with the help of her recently divorced father.

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HIGHLIGHTS: September 2022 SPORTS Film Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Short Film: A BIG RUN – MALAPAD’S MARATHONS
Best Direction: JUST LOVE STORIES: QUEENS RULE TOGETHER

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A BIG RUN – MALAPAD’S MARATHONS, 5min., Canada, Documentary

Directed by Reid Valmestad
A Big Run represents the commitment, dedication, and passion that many community athletes share amongst one another. It aims to inspire viewers by showcasing the raw emotions, challenges, and sacrifices that many athletes feel and overcome when they train for their own personal milestones. Collaborating with lululemon, we developed and created this film to highlight Junel Malapad’s 7-day, 490km run across the province of Manitoba in support of mental health awareness.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!



JUST LOVE STORIES: QUEENS RULE TOGETHER, 6min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Tezarah Wilkins
This short film explores what love and community look like through the vehicle of cycling and how one woman went from quarantine to QRT, Queens Rule Together, a Philly based global cycling community whose mission is to promote a healthy fun lifestyle while being fully committed to bringing diversity to the sport of cycling.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!




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NEVER ASK WHY, 20min., India, Documentary

Directed by Saurabh Dubey
The unfulfilled dream of a young football fan became the catalyst to help achieve the dreams of talented young under-15 football / soccer players who come from very underprivileged and under-nourished families, struggling to meet their daily needs.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


BLEED FOR ME: ART OF THE DEATHMATCH, 28min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Matthew L. Lenz
What Does it cost to make great art? A lot of Blood apparently. This documentary follows various deathmatch wrestlers as they put their bodies on the line to make compelling art.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


HIGHLIGHTS: August 2022 Film Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Feature Film: OICE OF THE GAME
Best Narrative Short: PUSHBACK
Best Documentary Short: THE 24
Best Cinematography: ONE STEP AT A TIME
Best Sound & Music: UNBREAKABLE
Best Direction: TRI-HARD

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

TRI-HARD, 10min., USA

Directed by Shawn Malangyaon
After suffering an injury, a Costa Rican triathlete returns to compete in the National Championships.

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ONE STEP AT A TIME, 38min,. USA

Directed by Michael McCulloch
Michael McCulloch, a retired NASA engineer, would like to bring you along on an incredible journey – the 4-day trek along the Classic Inca Trail to one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu, Peru. It is a little over 26 miles and scales two nearly 14,000-foot mountain passes. The appeal of this particular trek is the stunning combination of Inca ruins, magnificent mountains, exotic vegetation and extraordinary ecological variety. The trail goes over high passes with unforgettable views, through cloud forests, and finally into subtropical vegetation.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


UNBREAKABLE, 7min., UK, Documentary


Directed by Shaun Leong-Williams
In an instant bones tear through flesh and clothing alike. Jack D’arcy lies on the hot tarmac unable to move. At only 19 a devastating motorcycle accident has left Jack sedated in intensive care, his legs held together by titanium rods and his Olympic sprint dreams fading by the second. After having his sprint career written off by doctors and surgeons alike, Jack has one task; to simply “get better, one day at a time”. Starting with moving just one foot one inch, will Jack be able to will his body back onto the track and compete again? Unbreakable is a universal story of human endeavour; It is a story of resilience and hope.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


THE 24, 29min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Clay Pruitt
Once a year climbers from all over the world come together at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Jasper, Arkansas to test their endurance in the worlds only 24 hour climbing competition. The official name of the event is “The 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell”, but the contestants call it…”Hell”

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


PUSHBACK, 17min., USA, Coming of Age

Directed by John Carlo F Rosillo, Zachary C Braddy
Pushback is a short film that explores Cassie’s journey of self-discovery and friendship through a new hobby and sport, Onewheel. Join her as she finds out more about the onewheel, its community, and new friends.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


VOICE OF THE GAME, 60min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Tom McCabe, Kirk Rudell
In 1963, a humble young German immigrant — a factory worker, with a special love for soccer — arrived to America’s shores. Quietly, over decades, his unique coaching approach and life philosophy, has inspired countless of his “students” to achieve playing and coaching success at the highest levels of the sport in the United States and beyond.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


HIGHLIGHTS: July 2022 SPORTS & RECREATION Film Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Feature Film: THE LAST CHAMPION
Best Film: A PERFECT STEP…..
Best Performances: MOMENTUM
Best Direction: THE LOCKER ROOM

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THE LAST CHAMPION. 120min., USA, Drama


Directed by Glenn Withrow
A former championship wrestler is forced to face his past when he returns to the hometown he left in disgrace twenty years earlier. Can he become the hero his town expected… or will he remain a prisoner of his past mistakes?

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


A PERFECT STEP…., 23min,. India, Documentary


Directed by Naumi Barua
The film is a journey of India’s only 7th Dan Taekwondo woman instructor Kiran Upadhya, how and why Taekwondo became her mission in life. She emphasizes on Women empowerment through this art. When women are exposed to this skill, even for a brief time. It boosts their confidence to the highest.

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MOMENTUM, 23min., France, Drama


Directed by Alexandra Favard
Sarah plays rugby at top level and is about to go up a division with her team. When her wife Emily finds out she cannot have children, she asks Sarah to do something the rugby player had never considered: putting her career on hold to carry their child.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


THE LOCKER ROOM, 10min., France, Drama


Directed by Noah Gaoua
Sabrina is the coach of the soccer men’s team at Aubervilliers, Seine Saint-Denis, France. The club plays a decisive match and its star striker is not in good shape. Worse, the police burst into the middle of the match to arrest him. Sabrina ‘s nerves will be put to high stress-test.

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SUGAR WATER, 75min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Rick Jacques

A candid explanation of the Toxic Water Crisis in South Florida�s Everglades as told first hand by scientists, residents, farmers, business owners, and indigenous peoples.

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SPORTS Film Festival BEST SCENE Reading: Mutiny in the Dugout, by Rod Kent

The kids go on strike, pulling out picket signs to let their adults know they’ve finally crossed the line. It’s mutiny in the dugout.

Charlie, a pro baseball player who never quite made it, is lured home to visit his ailing father, Gordon. Gordon’s “dying” wish is for Charlie to take his beloved A-Team to the Little League World Series. Charlie is reluctant to go down this path, which would force him to revisit his past. With the help of his faithful sidekick Shoeless Joe, his brother Abe, a convincing local police officer, his high school girlfriend Teri, and a late-night session of helping the A-team toilet paper his dad’s house, Charlie finally agrees to coach the team.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth
Sara: Kyana Teresa
Charli: Steve Rizzo
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HIGHLIGHTS: April 2022 SPORTS & RECREATION Film Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
BEST FILM: HOLKY: THE STEVEN HOLCOMB STORY
BEST PERFORMANCES: OUT AND BACK
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: PAPER PEOPLE

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HOLKY: THE STEVEN HOLCOMB STORY, 33min., USA

Directed by Anna Auster

Steven Holcomb, known to his team and friends as “Holky”, is a bobsled driver from Park City, Utah, who emerges as an unlikely best hope to end Team USA’s 62-year Olympic gold medal drought. But Steven has a dangerous secret: He is going blind.

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OUT AND BACK, 9min., Drama

Directed by Jake Weber

A runner sets out for an anxiety liberation run at dusk. She’s not the only one. A remarkable encounter reveals the power of pain and unspoken camaraderie.

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PAPER PEOPLE, 16min., Comedy

Directed by Will DeVito, Rory Spillane

17-year-olds Logan Kramer and Kelsey Bier share one goal: to be the best newspaper delivery person on Long Island. But when their quest for victory in the final paper-slinging competition of their high school careers becomes personal, Logan and Kelsey must decide how far they are willing to go to win.

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