We Got Game: Sports on Film

Presenting an array of new films and discussion on all things sports—from pioneering women athletes to Penn State football to a passion for baseball that thrives in a remote corner of India. Plus a special evening of new short films about the allure of sports (including some you may not have heard of).

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers) unless otherwise noted

Programmed by Gina Duncan and Andrew Jupin



“Althea’s self-confidence came through loud and clear. She took no prisoners.” (Billie Jean King)

Opening Night! Althea Gibson was a sharecropper’s daughter and a truant from the rough streets of Harlem who emerged in the 1950s as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world. Bringing a fierce athleticism to the game, she was the first African-American to play— and win—at Wimbledon and Forest Hills, a decade before Arthur Ashe. This long-awaited documentary also reveals Gibson’s important role off the court.

Q&A Mayor David Dinkins, New York Times sportswriter/author William C. Rhoden, and JBFC Board Chair Hugh B. Price. Join us for a RECEPTION at the Media Arts Lab after the screening. Copies of Rhoden's book, 40 Million Dollar Slaves will be available for purchase courtesy of The Village Bookstore.

Rex Miller. 2014. 77 m. NR. UK/USA.

Thurs. Jan 15   7:30 PM

Tickets: $15 (members), $25 (nonmembers)
Happy Valley

Happy Valley

“Thorough, thoughtful, and heart-breaking.” (LA Times)

State College, the home of Penn State University, has long been known as Happy Valley—and for 40 years Joe Paterno, the head coach of the school’s storied football team, was its hero. But everything changed in November 2011, when longtime Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with 
40 counts of child sex abuse. Had Paterno and the administration known about Sandusky’s actions? Key players in the scandal share their stories in this look at a shaken community and the role big-time college football played in the crimes and their aftermath. 

Amir Bar-Lev. 2014. 98 m. NR. USA. Music Box Films.

Thurs. Jan 22   7:30 PM

No No: A Dockumentary

No No: A Dockumentary

“Smart and sympathetic... Dock Ellis didn’t need a no-hitter, stoned or otherwise, to define himself; he was his own best work.” (New York Times)

On June 12, 1970, Pittsburgh Pirate Dock Ellis threw 
a no-hitter, one of only 276 recorded in 136 years of baseball history—and he’s the only pitcher ever to claim he did so while high on LSD. An engaging profile of one of the most intimidating pitchers of the 1970s, a true original who was as outspoken about racial prejudice during his career as he was frank about his addictions after.


Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No: Ellis provides his own moment-by-moment account of the historic day in this animated short. 

Jeff Radice. 2014. 100 m. NR. USA. The Orchard.

Thurs. Jan 29   7:30 PM



"A journey of self-realization, made immensely more involving by virtue of being seen through its subject’s first-person perspective.” (Slant)

In 2010 14-year-old Laura Dekker set out to become the youngest person ever to sail solo around the world. After a lengthy legal battle that sparked a storm of international media scrutiny, Laura was finally off, exploring the world in search of freedom and adventure. This true coming-of-age story is told in large part through Laura’s own video and in her own brave, defiant voice. For all ages (film does include some four-letter words).

Jillian Schlesinger. 2013. 82 m. NR. USA. First Run Features.

Sat. Jan 31   2:00 PM

The Only Real Game

The Only Real Game

“Warm-hearted... A stirring ode to cultural bridge-building.” (LA Times)

Men and women living in the tiny northeastern India state of Manipur defy armed conflict, drugs, gun trafficking, and HIV/AIDS through—of all things—a surprising pas- sion for baseball. The film, narrated by Melissa Leo, chronicles the efforts of a group of baseball-loving New Yorkers and Major League Baseball representatives who arrive and team up with Manipuri men, women, and children to try to help a few dreams come true. It’s an astonishing story on many levels, told beautifully.

Q&A filmmaker Mirra Bank with Executive Director Edie Demas 

Mirra Bank. 2013. 82 m. NR. India/USA.

Thurs. Feb 5   7:30 PM

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
Why Sports?: A Shorts Program

Why Sports?: A Shorts Program

Free for JBFC Members! A fun and spirited selection of short films examining the appeal of sports of all kinds—from boxing to synchronized swimming to competing to be the greatest record breaker ever. Thitles include: I Beat Mike TysonEvery Runner Has a ReasonThe HeatAlways a FireAquadettesFollow Your FearsThe RunnersThe Jump, The Record Breaker. Free tickets for members available at the box office ONLY (in advance or on the day of the screening) while tickets last. Advance tickets may also be purchased online. 

Want more great shorts? Check out Short of the Week

Various Directors. 80 m. NR. Various Countries.

Thurs. Feb 12   7:45 PM

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmebers)
Free for JBFC Members! Free tickets available at the box office ONLY (in advance or on the day of the screening) while tickets last. Advance tickets may also be purchased online.
Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist

Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist

“Essential watching, even for anyone who can’t stand the sport.” (Total Film)

In 1998 star cyclist Marco Pantani won both the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia—a titanic feat of physical and mental endurance that no rider has been able to repeat. Pantani was a hero to millions, bringing joy to a sport under scrutiny for doping scandals. But less than six years later, at the age of 34, he died alone in a cheap Italian hotel room. The startling truth behind his rise and fall is revealed through scintillating race footage, reconstructions, and poignant interviews with friends, family, colleagues, 

James Erskine. 2014. 90 m. NR. UK, Various languages with subtitles. SpectiCast.

Wed. Feb 18   7:30 PM

Back on Board: Greg Louganis

Back on Board: Greg Louganis

“A rich, satisfying story, skillfully told... It’s a keeper.” (Hollywood Reporter)

In 2011 the four-time Olympic champion Greg Louganis—the man whose grace, beauty, and courage sparked a worldwide fascination with diving—was far from the public eye and struggling to pay the bills. And so Louganis, openly gay and HIV-positive, returned to the world of diving. An intimate portrait of the public triumphs and private struggles of the greatest diver of all time, working to combat prejudice, promote tolerance, and become a mentor to the next generation.

Q&A filmmaker/Croton native Cheryl Furjanic and JBFC Faculty Sean Weiner

Local Element identifies filmmakers connected to Westchester, provides a public showcase for new work, highlights emerging and established talent, and helps build a stronger community among area filmmakers.


Cheryl Furjanic. 2014. 90 m. NR. UK/USA.

Wed. Feb 25   7:30 PM

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)