Magnolia Pictures Will Release 'Venus And Serena' Doc In Theaters In May (VOD In April)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
March 6, 2013 2:00 PM
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Magnolia Pictures will release Venus And Serena (the feature documentary directed and produced by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major) in theatres on May 10 (VOD a month before on April 4).

The film takes 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 dominating the women's game for over a decade.

he film includes interviews with Bill Clinton, Billie Jean King, John McEnroe, Arnon Milchan, Gay Telese, Anna Wintour among others.

By the way, long-time Spike Lee editor Sam Pollard (and director of Slavery By Another Name), cut this Williams sisters doc as well.

Recall this is the same documentary that the sisters were reportedly upset over because of how it portrays their father, Richard Williams - "his foibles, from his out-of-wedlock children to a 78-page manifesto he had plotting out his daughters’ success at a very young age."

It debut at the Toronto International Film Festival last September; I eventually saw it at the DOC NYC festival and gave it a positive review.

Still no trailer yet, but I'm sure one will surface soon enough, with the film's release date around the corner.


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  • Zachary C. Husser, Sr. | March 7, 2013 10:19 PMReply

    In any description about Venus and Serena Williams, their Dad Richard must be spoken about in positive ways on every level of the development of the Sister's Tennis game that took them to the top of the Women's Professional ranking all around the World. One thing that pisses me off is Media from every country always attempts to bring in Richard's off court life as though those senarios of their grown father affects the tennis playing of Venus and Serena. Popa Richard took all of the negative talk away from Venus and Serena so they could concentrate on learning the Richard Williams "Tennis Game!" All of Us have seen by looking at the many Championships the Sisters have won that Richard Williams is the "Best Tennis Coach" in the World. That's part of the negative story that Media and folk tell about Richard because they don't want his style, public courts and not having his daughters live in Tennis Camps, to be the order of the day. Tennis is a very lucrative business and Richard Williams disturbed the order of big money coming into the pockets a small few!

    I salute Richard Williams because what he has done with Venus and Serena is "Extraordinary!"

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