by Tambay A. Obenson
June 19, 2013 12:47 PM 0 Comments
Serena and Venus Williams in 'Venus and Serena'Getty Images
Currently mired in a bit of controversy with the USTA suing the filmmakers, Magnolia Pictures will release Venus And Serena (the feature documentary directed and produced by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major) in theaters on DVD and Blu-ray onJuly 2, 2013.
The film gives audiences an unfiltered look into the remarkable lives of the greatest sister act professional tennis has ever seen. In a sport where they were not welcomed, the indomitable Williams sisters faced the opposition with grace and courage, not only breaking new ground for female and African American athletes everywhere, but also dominating the women's game for over a decade.
The film includes interviews with Bill Clinton, Billie Jean King, John McEnroe, Arnon Milchan, Gay Telese, Anna Wintour among many others.
Long-time Spike Lee editor Sam Pollard (and director of Slavery By Another Name), cut this Williams sisters doc as well.
It debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last September; I eventually saw it at the DOC NYC festival and gave it a positive review.