Tennis Documentary "Unstrung"

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  1. Nuke

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    The TriBeCa Film Festival is screening a new documentary called Unstrung. This looks like it might be of interest to lots of folks here. Donald Young and Sam Querry, among others, are the subjects of the film. I hope it does well enough at the film festival to get some distribution deal, so it can find its way to local theaters.

    http://www.ny1.com/ny1/content/index.jsp?stid=8&aid=69313

    "Unstrung" follows seven teenage tennis prodigies as they try to break into the top level of the sport. The documentary examines what it's like for junior players to deal with the pressure, much of it coming from their parents."

    "Klug traveled thousands of miles and worked on the film for two years. To learn more about "Unstrung" and its screenings visit http://www.unstrungmovie.com."
     
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  2. Sixpointone

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    Very interesting and Thanks for the insight.
     
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  3. Attila the tennis Bum

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    Like every tennis movie ever made.... it will suck.
     
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  4. Nuke

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    Well, this film is about real tennis, not some lame romantic story line with the world of tennis as a backdrop. It might actutally be an OK movie. Documentaries are having a bit of a resurgence these days, but I'm not so sure the subject of tennis would appeal to a wide enough audience -- a movie needs to attract all sorts of folks, not just tennis fans. Most likely, this film will have a very limited distribution, but who knows? Last year, a documentary called Wordplay made the rounds of the art houses, and that one was about crossword puzzle competitors.
     
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    Wait a sec, "The Journeymen" is great!!
     
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    It looks like a serious, thoughtful, well-funded film. Jim Courier is one of the producers. I'd be very interested in seeing it.
     
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    The trailer looks interesting.
     
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    I want to see this movie.
     
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    yeah jist like the movie players?
     
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    hey guys i got to see it today on espn 2 i only got to catch the last hour

    it was a 2 hour block with commericials
     
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    Yeah, I saw it a couple weeks ago on ESPN 2. It's pretty interesting. The main footage is from before Donald Young and Sam Querry had started up on the pro tour (a few years ago), but it shows fairly recent updates on all of them as well at the end.

    It's about the sport of tennis, but the focus is more on the lifestyle of those who are competing at pretty high levels and the mentality of these guys. It's pretty interesting, even though it doesn't really show that many actual matches.

    It also shows you how different everybody is who competes, as well as how overbearing Donald Young's mother is.
     
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    can some one just record it already and put it up?
     
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    i saw this on after the french today, and it was quite a good documentary...

    something i found interesting was how the players who seemed to have the best attitudes and the least amount of obnoxiousness (is that a word?) throughout the entire documentary are the ones who are now having the best success (Querrey and Young)
     
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    dvd

    any dvd copy of this??
     
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    It was on today on TTC right after the French open coverage and I didn't think it would be any good so I skipped it. I'll keep an eye out for it when its shown again.
     
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    it would be excellent if someone could stick this on youtube or something
     
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    Thanks. Sounds like something a tennis fan would want to see but not in a movie theater.
     
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    Now that brings back memories. Players had McEnroe, Pancho Gonzalez, Guillermo Vilas, Nastase, Vijay Armitraj, and others.

    The movie sucked, but it was cool to see real tennis players in a movie.
     
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    is the journeymen of youtube yet? or is there a link where i can watch it????
     
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    upcoming broadcast times

    Just went to the website and there is a link for upcoming broadcasts. It lists three dates/times, two of which have already passed, (May 3, 8pmET, ESPN Classic and May 25 "Following the French Open" on ESPN2).

    The third, upcoming broadcast date/time is listed as:

    July 7, ESPN2, time tbd
     
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    i do hope somebody would record it and have it on dvd, ill be buying a copy of it...
     
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    I do have a copy of it.

    Contact me at asyluke@yahoo.com.
     
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  23. scotus

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    I have a copy of this, too. Both on DVDs.
     
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    I can never find it on tv!
     
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  25. s7evin

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    Can anyone make a torrent?
     
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    I'll see if they have a copy at this year's USTA Boys National Championships.
     
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    Just got a chance to sit down and watch the "Unstrung."

    Other main characters (besides the young Seguso) include Donald Young and Sam Querrey.

    This documentary is full of great comments from Agassi, Sampras, Courier, McEnroe, Bollettieri, etc.

    Awesome.
     
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    Blockbuster Total Access does not have it in their library :(
     
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    Anything ?
     
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    Glad you liked it. I worked on it, and I know it was a labor of love for the producer.
     
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    I enjoyed the film. One thing I wondered was what happens to someone as talented as Marcus Fugate or Timothy Neilly who ascends to the top of the junior game, but doesn't seem to quite make it as a pro and doesn't wind up going to college on a scholarship. Do they become coaches?'

    Tyro
     
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    I was quite moved by Timothy Neilly's story; he has a website, but didn't respond to an e-mail. I think he and Marcus Fugate are playing Futures tournaments.
     
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    Where can you get this documentary?
     
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    Unstrung exposes the dramas of the juniors tennis world, hitting the road with a handful of teenage competitors as they head for the national championship.

    MPAA Rating: NOTRATED 2007 Jim Courier Presents

    hxxp://www.imdb.com/title/tt1014778/


    I found it on youtube but the video is not available in my country. :-(

    https://www.youtube.com/v/ZBVwELy_V9w

    If you live in USA or Canada could you please share it (lossless) ?
    There are many free files hosting services or even better, use a famous public torrent tracker if you don't mind.

    Thanks!
     
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  35. Rozroz

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    seems interesting....
    also cannot watch this in my country though.
    google says it's on popcorn time, but it isn't :(
     
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