04-21-2008, 06:13 PM
Jim Courier's junior tennis documentary, Unstrung, will air Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m. on ESPN Classic.
http://www.tribecafilmfestival.org/filmguide/archive/12720102.htmlWhat Spellbound did for spelling bees, Unstrung does for tennis, diving head-first into the competitive world of juniors tennis and documenting the day-to-day joys, stress and uncertainty of the next generation of aspiring hopefuls. Hitting the road with a handful of teenage competitors, cutting between their lives both on and off the court, director Rob Klug documents the pressures that these amateurs face from competitors, coaches and parents, driven to succeed at all costs. One teen agonizes over scholarships, dreading the choice he must make among colleges and the phone calls he will have to endure with a lengthy roster of interested recruiters. Another family pulls out a map of the United States and discusses the detailed, aggressive road trip being planned that will shuttle their teenager to a new state and tournament every weekend. Unstrung is the feature film debut from Emmy-winner Klug, veteran director of CBS shows 48 Hours and 60 Minutes. Featuring interviews with several of today's tennis greats, from Andy Roddick to Andre Agassi-who discuss their own challenging, competitive childhoods-Klug follows these young amateurs as they prepare to compete in the national championship, fighting through the sweat, blood and tears in hopes of earning the admiration of their peers and parents.
04-22-2008, 12:49 PM
Thank you for posting this. I've been waiting to see it.
04-24-2008, 09:38 PM
Unstrung To Air On ESPN Classic On May 3
By Tennis Week
4/24/2008 3:44:00 PM
The precise steps of stringing a racquet becomes a visual metaphor for the painstaking process of developing a junior player in Unstrung. One year after its premiere at the Tribeca/ESPN Film Festival In New York City, the Jim Courier, Mike Tollin-produced documentary has already become a classic.
ESPN Classic will air the Robert Klug-directed documentary — that follows a handful of American junior tennis players as they persevere through the pressure of amateur tennis to the USTA Nationals in Kalamazoo, Michigan — on Sunday, May 3 from 8-10 p.m. Eastern time.
ESPN Classic will begin an eight-day run of sports movies starting Sunday, April 27, to coincide with the second annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival — a showcase of sports — and competition-themed films within the overall Tribeca Film Festival (April 23-May 4). The ESPN Classic slate features seven films — one from each of the past seven Tribeca Film Festivals — and will be highlighted by the televised world premiere of Unstrung and a 30-minute special featuring a wrap-up of the 2008 Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival’s 12-film program.
The film follows the journeys of Donald Young (cast as "Number 1"), Sam Querrey ("The New Kid"), Timothy Neilly ("The Hopeful"), Marcus Fugate ("The Player") among others through the junior ranks and features interviews with champions including Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and Andy Roddick reflecting on their junior experiences.
To view a trailer of the film, please visit Unstrungmovie.com. The film, which generated positive reviews when it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25 last year (to a packed audience that included Courier and his friend, REM lead singer Michael Stipe) includes interviews with Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Courier.
Reflecting on his father's decision to send him from his Las Vegas home across the country to the Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Fla. when he was a teenager, Agassi says in the film: "It was a very difficult time. You sort of resented it. You missed out on your childhood in many respects and in a sense you blame your parents for that decision."
McEnroe, who developed his skills without leaving his New York home under the guidance of Harry Hopman and Tony Palofax at the famed Port Washington Tennis Academy, says in the film: "It's okay to dream big. If you don't dream big, it's not gonna happen."
The epilogue of Unstrung has been re-shot and is currently being re-edited for the world broadcast premiere on ESPN Classic.
The following is an update on the seven junior tennis stars featured in the film:
* Holden Seguso is enrolled as a freshman at UCLA, excelling as the No. 2 singles player on the roster. He is also pursuing his other passion, music. He has recently released his first CD, "We're Taking the Penguin".
* Marcus Fugate was rendered ineligible to play college tennis because of an endorsement deal he signed as a junior player. He continues to pursue professional tennis and is currently ranked No. 816 in the world.
* Clancy Shields is a junior at Boise State University, playing college tennis alongside his brother. He currently has a 24-13 record on the 35th-ranked team in the nation.
* Tim Neilly is playing for the Bahamas in Davis Cup and attempting to re-start his professional tennis career. He is currently ranked No. 1150 in the world.
* Greg Hirshman is a freshman at Stanford University, where he is currently 18-12 on the No. 24th-ranked tennis team in the country. Greg has also found time in his freshman year to launch an alternative political newspaper and write an article on cryptology being published in an internationally acclaimed magazine.
* Sam Querrey, a late addition to the film, won the Tennis Channel Open in March, 2008, his first ATP tournament win. He is currently ranked No. 50 in the world.
* Donald Young Jr. won his first-ever professional tournament in 2007 as part of a year-long comeback. He has re-energized his career and is currently ranked No. 73 in the world — the youngest top 100-ranked player on the ATP Tour.
© 2007 Tennis Week
05-25-2008, 07:04 PM
An encore of Unstrung will air Sunday, May 25 at 5:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
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03-01-2009, 12:16 AM
Any idea when they will show it next, or a site where I can download it?
05-19-2009, 12:42 AM
Its on most Saturday's either at 10 AM ET or 10 PM ET
10K Futures Qualifier
05-25-2009, 03:39 AM
Anyone have a link to a torrent???