“McConkey” documentary to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in April

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The Tribeca Film Festival announced this week the lineup of films to be screened at the seventh annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival; among them is McConkey, the highly anticipated documentary profiling the late Shane McConkey. Directed and written by Steve Winter, Murray Wais, Scott Gaffney, David Zieff and Rob Bruce, McConkey highlights Shane’s illustrious career as a thrill-seeking pioneer.

The Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival will take place in NYC from April 17 – April 28, 2013 during the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF). The festival celebrates “competition, passion, and teamwork.” According to a press release, films to be screened this year—in addition to McConkey—include documentary films that explore “the world’s top professional skateboarders; an overhyped high school basketball player; the battle in the ring and the courts of the greatest boxing legend; the personal struggles of college sports’ most successful coach ever; the largely unknown history of an Olympic gold medalist and her link with East Germany’s secret police; the unyielding quest of a world-class diver to reach new depths; and the gender politics of post-game locker room interviews.” Each of the nine selections will have their world premieres amid the festival.

Shane McConkey Documentary Trailer

“There are many vibrant, independent voices out there telling incredible sports stories and we’re honored to be involved with the Tribeca Film Festival where together we can shine a light on these documentaries and filmmakers,” said Connor Schell, vice president of ESPN Films. “We produce our films with the intention of capturing both the glory and the heartbreak of what sports mean to so many people and we are very proud of the creative, story-driven documentaries that were selected for this year’s Festival.”

All of this year’s Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival films will screen at Tribeca Cinemas on Saturday, April 27. The films also screen prior to April 27 throughout the Festival.

Tickets for the 2013 Festival:

Advance selection ticket packages and passes, as well as discount ticket packages are now on sale. Festival packages and passes can be purchased at tribecafilm.com/festival. Tickets for the Festival will be $16.00 for evening and weekend screenings, and $8.00 for all late-night and weekday matinee screenings. Single ticket sales begin Tuesday, April 9 for American Express Cardmembers, Sunday, April 14 for downtown residents, and Monday, April 15 for the general public.