Announcing the Official Selections of Sporty Shorts

We are excited to announce 14 short films selected to screen at Sporty Shorts on Wednesday, November 11, 7 pm at The Studio Theatre (320 W. 7th St, Little Rock). Among the short films are 2 WORLD PREMIERES, 1 INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE, and 3 REGIONAL PREMIERES.  Sports covered include baseball, basketball, boxing, handball, motor racing, skateboarding, tennis, and wrestling.  We also have 2 micro short docs made by 2nd graders!

  • The Boxers, Directed by Aurora Picture Show & Reynolds Elementary
  • Confessions of a Right Fielder, Directed by Ian Johnston
  • Corinthian, Directed by Mark A. C. Brown and Frederic Fournier
  • Courting, Directed by Leela Varghese
  • The Greatest, Directed by Jeremy Medoff
  • The Grey Forest, Directed by Johann Gustavsson
  • The Hook, Directed by Nick Flügge
  • The K.D. Documentary, Directed by Aurora Picture Show & Reynolds Elementary
  • The Match, Directed by Kurt Spenrath
  • Moto Borgatoro, Directed by Roberto Serene
  • Over/Under, Directed by Logan Norton
  • Ron Taylor: Dr. Baseball, Directed by Drew Taylor and Matthew Taylor
  • Touch the Sky with Alex Zanardi, Directed by Tim Hahne
  • Undefeated, Directed by Nathan Willis

Keep reading for more details on the short films!


The Boxers, Directed by Aurora Picture Show & Reynolds Elementary
United States | 00:01:26

ARKANSAS PREMIERE
 
(DOCUMENTARY) A song-film about a boxer, written, performed, animated and scored by Reynolds Elementary 4th graders Daesha, Diamond, Jaevin, and David.


 
Confessions of a Right Fielder, Directed by Ian Johnston
Canada | 00:03:17

WORLD PREMIERE
 
A look at the history and plight of the baseball right fielder.


 
Corinthian, Directed by Mark A. C. Brown and Frederic Fournier
United Kingdom | 00:05:07

ARKANSAS PREMIERE
 
In the world of bare knuckle boxing two people fight for more than victory.


 
Courting, Directed by Leela Varghese
Australia | 00:01:51

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE
 
The tennis court becomes loves playground in this tiny rom-com about the essence of tennis.


 
The Greatest, Directed by  Jeremy Medoff
United States | 00:07:30

REGIONAL PREMIERE
 
(DOCUMENTARY) This short documentary, 'The Greatest' profiles Brooklyn handball legend Joe Durso - the most accomplished athlete you have never heard of. Now retired and broke, Joe looks back on a life dedicated to the sport with a mixture of pride and resentment.


 
The Grey Forest, Directed by Johann Gustavsson
Sweden | 00:03:07

REGIONAL PREMIERE
 
(DOCUMENTARY) The Grey Forest is a skateboard short film with the aim to describe visually how it feels to skateboard. The feeling of cruising down an empty sidewalk in the sunset, or to kickflip a set of stairs.  

         
The Hook, Directed by Nick Flügge
United Kingdom | 00:10:20

ARKANSAS PREMIERE
 
A washed up fighter gives a boxing lesson that changes both lives forever.


 

The K.D. Documentary, Directed by Aurora Picture Show & Reynolds Elementary
United States | 00:02:37

ARKANSAS PREMIERE
 
(DOCUMENTARY) Reynolds Elementary 4th and 5th graders Corey, Hezekiah, Jaevin and Jonathan discuss the life and basketball career of their hero, Oklahoma City Thunder star, Kevin Durant, and reveal why he inspires them. With original music by their classmates, Jaulavia, Daesha, and Diamond.  


 
The Match, Directed by Kurt Spenrath
Canada | 00:15:00

ARKANSAS PREMIERE
 
(DOCUMENTARY) The Match follows two performers in a struggling independent wrestling promotion, the Prairie Wrestling Alliance. It explores the impact that their vocation has on their personal lives, and the psychology behind why audiences are drawn to this pseudo-blood sport.   The characters are iconic, yet real: Nizar Watfa aka. Sheikh Abdul Shibaz, is a Muslim immigrant that wants to integrate. He's from the small town of Lamont, Alberta , famous for its Ukrainian heritage. And then there's Dustin Meyer, aka. Hollywood Dustin Adonis. He's a rural redneck from Eston, Saskatchewan, that wants to cut loose. And they are going to fight for the championship belt.  However, Nizar’s father must overcome his distaste for what he sees as an embarrassing and racist portrayal of his culture.  Will Nizar's dad finally attend a match? Will he disown his son? Will the beloved Hollywood beat The Evil Sheikh?   Find out in The Match


Moto Borgatoro, Directed by Roberto Serrini
United States | 00:07:45

ARKANSAS PREMIERE
 
(DOCUMENTARY) Part documentary, part pulp action film, all love and pure passion: "Moto Borgatoro" follows curmudgeon/savant mechanic Peter Boggia and the birth of his custom 1979 Moto Guzzi Le Mans into creation.
 
Mind you this film is not your normal bike build movie by design; no grinder sparks, no silhouette shots, no dramatic music. Been there seen that. This one is pure adrenaline, and hopefully tightens your pants like riding the bike would.
 
The film has received praise from the limited amount of industry people given the opportunity to experience. Filmmaker and Moto-enthusist alike claim that it's got "Fellini roots with Tarantino fruits". We love praise that rhymes.
 
Love bikes, hate bike, or know nothing about them, this film is juicy enough for anyone to quickly fall in love with Peter and his bad-ass machine. 

             
 
Over/Under, Directed by Logan Norton
United States | 00:12:00

REGIONAL PREMIERE
 
An injury-prone high school basketball star gets his chance to play in college, but at a price.


Ron Taylor: Dr. Baseball, Directed by Drew Taylor and Matthew Taylor
Canada | 00:17:00

WORLD PREMIERE

(DOCUMENTARY) RON TAYLOR: DR. BASEBALL is the story of an 11-year major League pitcher, who after winning two world championships with the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals and the 1969 Miracle Mets, embarked on a USO tour through Vietnam that would change his life. After visiting field hospitals, Ron devoted the rest of his life to medicine, enrolling in Medical School at 35 and eventually becoming the team physician for the Toronto Blue Jays. Through interviews with former teammates and friends, his two sons uncover the course of their father’s life. 


 
Touch the Sky with Alex Zanardi, Directed by Tim Hahne
Germany | 00:03:14

ARKANSAS PREMIERE
 
(DOCUMENTARY) This is a short, but very intimate portrait of Alex Zanardi, the former Formula 1 driver and winner of the American Champ Car Series. Alex was already a star, when he had his almost fatal accident at the Lausitzring in Germany. He lost his legs, but not his attitude. Alex Zanardi came back and did the impossible: He won races in the World Touring Car Championship, two gold medals at the Paralympics in London 2012 and just recently added two more hand bike world titles!   


Undefeated, Directed by Nathan Willis
United States | 00:19:05 (MADE IN ARKANSAS)
 
(DOCUMENTARY) Undefeated tells the story of Terrance “Tank” Dumas, a boxer with a history of battles both in and outside the ring.