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Sports films to see at the Tribeca Film Fest

From baseball to horse racing under a communist regime, there are a lot of options for any sports fans looking for some exhilarating viewing at the Tribeca Film Festival. Here are 5 movies to check out.

‘Down in the Valley’

Kevin Johnson, former NBA all-star and current mayor
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Kevin Johnson, former NBA all-star and current mayor of Sacramento, California, is front and center in this documentary about his work to keep the Kings basketball team in the capital city despite attempts to move it. He faced challenges from the team’s owner, local businessmen and league commissioner David Stern to keep his hometown team at home.

'Fastball'

Derek Jeter, Nolan Ryan, Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Legendary Pictures

Derek Jeter, Nolan Ryan, Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson and a whole host of star baseball players discuss the magic and mystique of the fastball. From Emmy Award-winning director Jonathan Hock, the documentary brings both science and real-life experience together to pay homage to the speedy pitch.

‘Palio’

The Palio is the oldest horse race in
Photo Credit: Guillaume Bonn

The Palio is the oldest horse race in the world, and this documentary captures the Italian race, run in Tuscany twice every summer. The story here is simple and universal: the veteran jockey who is a few wins away from legend, faces off against the young upstart that he trained.

‘Play It Forward’

Get an intimate look at former NFL tight
Photo Credit: Geoffrey Franklin

Get an intimate look at former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez (a Pro Bowler who has played with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons) in this documentary that captures his life with his brother Chris and how they handle adversity and disappointment. Executive produced by Michael Strahan.

'Havana Motor Club'

Despite a ban from Fidel Castro because it
Photo Credit: Michael Coles

Despite a ban from Fidel Castro because it was just for the elite citizens, auto racing has maintained a strong underground presence in Cuba. This documentary chronicles Cuban racers who secretly work to build their cars and the work to make the sport legal again. For fans of racing and anyone who likes to hear some amazing Cuban music.

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