“Play It Forward,” a new documentary about famed football tight end Tony Gonzalez and his brother, will premiere as the opener of the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, the mini-fest dedicated to sports movies that is programmed annually during the Tribeca Film Festival.
Screening as part of Tribeca/ESPN are two short films from the “1 of 1: Origins” series, which pairs ESPN and Marvel Entertainment to retell athletes’ backstories via narration and superhero-style narration. The two movies screening at Tribeca focus on racecar driver Danica Patrick and quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Andrea Nevins directs “Play It Forward,” which focuses on a single football season for both Gonzalez and his brother, who never achieved his own football ambitions. Michael Strahan and Constance Schwartz exec produce, with producer Cristan Reilly.
Eva Longoria, Spike Lee and Nate Silver are on board for post-screening events during the festival, which also will include sports-centric features already announced including “”Gored,” “Palio” and “Angry Sky.” Katie Holmes’ short documentary about Nadia Comeneci, “Eternal Princess,” is among the movies on the short film docket.
“Play It Forward” screens April 16 with a gala afterward. The Tribeca fest runs April 15-26.