As usual, SBIFF features strong lineup of sports films

Here’s a lineup of the sports films screening at the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The list of films includes only the first showing of each film at this year’s festival. More showtimes can be found by following the link to the SBIFF website.


BONES BRIGADE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY – Thursday, February 2, 8 p.m., Arlington Theatre
Bones Brigade: An Autobiography is an emotional, intimate, and exciting film about a group of dorky American boys who turned skateboarding from a fringe pastime to a thrilling action sport and a multi-million dollar industry. Through a series of interviews, Bones Brigade team members reveal what it was like to be going through adolescence while struggling with the pressures of their sudden fame, as well as their own fears of inadequacy and defeat. The members prove to be profound, articulate, and sensitive, offering wisdom not only about skateboarding, but also about the nature of excellence, genius, camaraderie, and self-fulfillment. Part of the To the Maxxx program.

THE OTHER DREAM TEAM – Friday, February 3, 4 p.m., at Lobero Theatre
–In 1992 the United States sent the Dream Team to the Olympic Games in Barcelona. Considered the greatest basketball team ever assembled, these players were expected to dominate and win the gold, and that’s exactly what they did. Meanwhile, on another court, a basketball team from the newly independent nation of Lithuania – The Other Dream Team – was chasing a different kind of dream. A tiny country of three million people, Lithuania won the bronze medal, beating Russia, its former oppressor.

BLACK FRIDAY – Friday, January 27, 10 p.m. at Metro Four
–In another amazing motocross film from Santa Barbara director Jay Schweitzer, Black Friday takes us into the Metal Mulisha team for simply mind-blowing jumps, helicopter shots and more. Part of the To the Maxxx program.

BOARDROOM – Saturday, January 28, 7 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Boardroom takes us on a journey back in time to the beginning of the surf industry. Before the big surf corporations, a handful of pioneers and watermen were building wooden surfboards in their garages. Part of the To the Maxxx program.

LOST & FOUND – Wednesday, February 1, 4 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Lost & Found is the amazing story of the discovery of 30,000 long-lost negatives of old black-and-white photos of surfers at a flea market in Pasadena. After realizing what he had stumbled upon, Doug Walker begins a 3-year journey to find the origin of the photos. Part of the To the Maxxx program.

MINDS IN THE WATER – Friday, January 27, 11 a.m., Lobero Theatre
–Five years in the making, Minds in the Water is the story of one surfer’s international journey to help protect dolphins and whales and their ocean environment. Part of the To the Maxxx program.

SPLINTERS – Tuesday, January 31, 8 p.m., Arlington
–For some, surfing is a leisure sport. For others, it is a lifestyle, and becoming pro is a dream. Splinters opens a window to see the surfers of Papua New Guinea, to whom surfing is a key to a better life. In Adam Pesce’s directorial debut, he follows four determined surfers leading up to the inaugural Papua New Guinea National Surfing Titles. Splinters was named by Surfer Magazine as the top surfing documentary of 2011. Part of the To the Maxxx program.

PELOTERO – Sunday, January 29, 4 p.m., Metro Four Theatre
–Baseball is a way of life in the Dominican Republic. Major League Baseball has wisely invested in recruiting Dominicans with a training program that has the world’s largest number of future major leaguers per capita. Each year, a handful of Dominican players, almost always from low-income families, are selected to begin their careers in the United States. That invitation comes with a signing bonus and the promise of a secure future for their families. The system, however, is flawed. A must-see for fans of baseball, Pelotero tells the story of two of the nation’s most talented hopefuls and their long, rocky road towards achieving their dreams

STUNT SPORT – Saturday, February 4, 2 p.m., Metro Four Theatre
Stunt Sport is an action-packed, character-driven documentary about three emerging urban sports: tricking, breaking, and parkour. Although these sports are becoming increasingly popular, many of the top athletes are also known as the acrobats of the entertainment industry and make their living as stuntmen for Hollywood movies. Part of the To the Maxxx program.

WYOMING TRIUMPH – Friday, February 3, 4 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Art
–Take a journey deep into the mountains of Wyoming with a group of hard-charging, dedicated skiers and watch as they explore the state with the most rugged and remote terrain in the lower forty-eight. Shot over the course of two years, Wyoming Triumph is a grassroots film featuring a veteran and youthful band of ski and snowboard friends and professionals who travel throughout the mountainous back-country terrain of Wyoming in search of fresh lines and remote locations. Part of the To the Maxxx program.

EL MAR, MI ALMA – Saturday, January 28, 4:20 p.m., Metro Four Theatre
–Filmed on location in Chile by renowned photographer/cinematographer Dave Homcy, El Mar, Mi Alma captures the essence of a unique coastal road trip and surfing journey by Dave Rastovich and his NGO, Surfers for Cetaceans.

GLICKMAN – Sunday, January 29, 5 p.m., Metro Four Theatre
Glickman is a testament to a man who overcame decades of prejudice and whose life embodied the joy of sports. Beset by prejudices and bigotry that prevented him from participating in and possibly winning a gold medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Glickman persevered