Sports Shorts Program

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Sports Shorts Program
7 pm Monday, March 14, 2016 @ Student Center Theater
SST Sports Shorts Program

Free and Open to the Public
The Sports Shorts program is curated by Georgia Tech professor Gregory Zinman and features several brief sports-related films. Topics range from recreational drug use in sport to parody of sport celebrity to inspirational stories—and more. *Note: The schedule below may change slightly based upon film availability.

For a listing of films click "READ MORE" below.

The Devil’s Toy (Claude Jutra, 1966, Canada), 15min.
This short 1966 documentary dedicated "to all victims of intolerance” depicts the dawn of skateboarding in Montreal. A new activity frowned upon by police and adults, skateboarding gave youngsters a thrilling sensation of speed and freedom. This film – the first Canadian documentary ever made about the sport - captures the exuberance of boys and girls having the time of their lives in freewheeling downhill locomotion. Jutra, the director, was gay, and the film can be read as an allegory of queer subjectivity and social opprobrium.

Rabbit Punch (Chuck Jones, 1948, USA), 8min. Bugs Bunny gets in the ring.

Putt-Putt Perfection (Mickey Duzyj/Grantland, 2014, USA), 7min.
The story of IT manager Rick Baird's legendary round of perfect putt-putt golf, only the third score of 18 in the Professional Putters Association's 50-year history of putt-putt tournament competition.

Lake Placid ’80 (Nam June Paik, 1980, USA), 4min.
Korean-American artist Nam June Paik, a pioneer of video art, produced this exuberant, high-speed collage as a commission for the National Fine Arts Committee of the 1980 Olympic Winter Games.

I’m Keith Hernandez (Rob Perri, 2011, USA), 19min
Part baseball documentary, part anti-drug film, part socio-political satire, I’M KEITH HERNANDEZ utilizes a found-footage version of Hernandez life as a vehicle to discuss how male identity is shaped by TV/film, sports, advertising, and pornography. By examining the aforementioned types of media in conjunction with Lacan’s “Mirror Theory”, a clearer picture of masculinity emerges. As part of this discourse, the physical attribute of the mustache is explored as a symbol of male virility. Other topics include the Iran/Contra Affair and the resulting “Crack Explosion”, celebrity obsessed culture, and the subtleties of children’s television programming.

Dock Ellis & the LSD No-No (James Blagden, 2009, USA), 5min.
Artist James Blagden presents the animated tale of Pittsburgh Pirate’s pitcher Dock Ellis' legendary LSD no-hitter on June 12, 1970. The film’s narration is Ellis’ own account of events, taken from a 2008 NPR interview.

Every Day (Gabe Spitzer, 2014, USA), 12min.
At 86, Joy Johnson was the oldest woman to run the 2013 New York City Marathon. This is the story of an inspiring athlete with an uncommon passion for her sport, and for life.

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