OPENING NIGHT FEATURE: TOP SPIN
Directed by Mina T. Son and Sara Newens
Set against the backdrop of one of the most under-appreciated sports in America, three teenagers battle their way through the world of competitive ping pong. While facing the unusual challenges in a niche sport, their journey reveals the passion it takes to pursue their Olympic-sized dreams.
Directors Mina T. Son and Sara Newens are scheduled to attend.
Co-Presented by: SCIDpda
Following the screening of TOP SPIN, go down the street to Velocity Dance Center for our Opening Night Party presented by Macy’s and Western Union! Your ticket price includes admission to the party, where there will be food, a cash bar, a photo booth, and live performances. Show your ticket or hand stamped from TOP SPIN to enter.
If you can’t make it to TOP SPIN but want to attend the party, head straight to Velocity at 9:00 pm and get in with a $10 cover charge. You can also purchase your party entry in advance.
All ages welcome.
Mina T. Son is a Los Angeles-based Korean American filmmaker whose films have screened at film festivals and museums including the National Gallery of Art, Margaret Mead, Traverse City, Mill Valley, and Cinequest. A two-time Student Academy Award Regional Finalist, Mina has been awarded fellowships and funding from Independent Television Service, Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, Film Independent, PBS/CPB Producers Academy, the Japan U.S. Friendship Commission, and Center for Cultural Innovation. Mina holds an M.F.A. in Documentary Film from Stanford University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Sara Newens is a documentary filmmaker and editor who has worked in film and television for over a decade, including seven years at CBS News in New York City. Her films have screened at numerous festivals, including Sarasota, Traverse City, Starz Denver, Big Sky, and Rooftop Films. She is the recipient of a Princess Grace Foundation Award, CINE Golden Eagle Award, and a Student Academy Award Regional Finalist. Currently, she is a San Francisco-based producer/editor for clients that include Facebook, PG&E, Stanford University School of Medicine, and various non-profits. She is a graduate of the M.F.A. Documentary Film Program at Stanford University, and received a B.S. in Mass Communication from Miami University of Ohio.
Alli Nakamura / Short Film, Documentary, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 5 minsOn Wednesday mornings in Salt Lake City, strikes are bowled and stories told as the "Nisei Senior Mixed" bowling league hits the freshly waxed lanes. Director Alli Nakamura scheduled to attend.
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