'Straight Outta L.A.' documents NFL franchise
Ice Cube’s documentary “Straight Outta L.A.,” about the years the Raiders played for the NFL in Los Angeles and the team’s cultural influence, will make its worldwide debut at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival on April 23.Film will have a gala premiere at the sports fest, which runs April 21-May 2 in conjunction with the Tribeca Film Festival. “Straight Outta L.A.” shows on ESPN on May 11. Produced by ESPN Films, docu chronicles the Raiders’ move in 1982 from Oakland to L.A., where the football team captivated black and Latino fans at a time of great unrest. The L.A. Raiders morphed into a worldwide brand before returning to Oakland, with the team’s colors and anti-establishment ethos becoming inextricably linked to the hip-hop scene of South Central Los Angeles. Ice Cube observed the team’s influence first-hand as a member of the notorious rap group N.W.A. “We are thrilled to launch this year’s Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival with a film that shows how sports are intertwined in so many other cultural arenas,” ESPN senior VP for content development Keith Clinkscales said. “All of the sports documentaries in this year’s festival truly illustrate that the reach of sports in society extends far past solely athletics and into such disciplines as music, language, art and of course, film,” he continued. Now in its fourth year, the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival has become a showcase for independent films about sports and competition. In addition to their other fest slots, all seven titles will play on May 1, dubbed sports day. Previously announced titles include the world preem of Jeff Tremaine’s “The Birth of Big Air,” about BMX superstar Mat Hoffman, who entered the sport at the age of 13. Spike Jonze and Johnny Knoxville collaborated with Tremaine on the film. In docu “Into the Cold,” extreme adventurer and environmental advocate Sebastian Copeland sets out to reach the North Pole on the centennial of Admiral Peary’s 1909 expedition. Film, directed by Copeland, chronicles his team’s tumultuous two-month trek.Other titles are Mika Ronkainen’s Finnish-German pic “Freetime Machos,” about Finland’s worst amateur rugby team; Bjoern Richie Lob’s German river-surfing docu “Keep Surfing”; “Last Play at Shea,” Shea Stadium’s final days and its last concert, given by Billy Joel; and “The Two Escobars,” about Andres Escobar and Pablo Escobar, who, although unrelated in every way, shared a passion for soccer.