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Darius Clark Monroe

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Directed by Darius Clark Monroe and executive produced by Spike Lee, this documentary short tells the story of what happened when a group of college athletes decided to protest racial injustice.
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This stunningly photographed short is suggestive of multiple interpetations and takes us on a strange journey through day and night, the circular nature of death and rebirth, and the many facets of the human psyche.
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In these documentary portraits inspired by Racquet Magazine, Darius Clarke Monroe examines the role of racquet sports in American culture and sheds light on the unexpected communities, obsessions, and passions built around tennis and handball.
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When Mark Kuhn decided to build a homemade tennis court, he never imagined it would become popular or take on such profound significance. The All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club started out as a family project and grew into a beloved public court for his community. But after his family experienced an unthinkable tragedy, it became a very private outlet for healing. Today, it remains a fitting memorial that still conjures many happy memories for Mark.
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Built by and for its community, the Maravilla handball courts in East LA have provided an outlet for healthy exercise for almost a century. But they’re so much more than just an athletic space. Amanda Perez gives us a history lesson on the courts, which span back to 1928 and have come to represent the neighborhood’s rich Chicano heritage. Since then, multiple generations have upheld the historic landmark as a sacred site where people can be themselves.
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He was crazy about tennis, she was drawn to his passion. Together, they built a life running the South Oxford Tennis Club in Brooklyn from 1981 to 1997. Now Richard and Ann Northern are sharing their favorite memories from those days, from his Tennis Hotline show, to building the courts with their own hands, to having their own wedding at the club, which kicked off a decade and a half of love, labor, and rackets.
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This intimate portrait of a tennis instructor is like a meditation on finding strength and peace through the ritual that is bringing ball to racket. She’s tough as nails when she’s training her students, but in her personal life, she’s grieving her mother’s health and old age. The only thing that recenters her is practicing her serve. When she’s on the court, she finds her breath again and transforms into the formidable athlete and instructor that most people see.
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This intimate portrait of a tennis instructor is like a meditation on finding strength and peace through the ritual that is bringing ball to racket. She’s tough as nails when she’s training her students, but in her personal life, she’s grieving her mother’s health and old age. The only thing that recenters her is practicing her serve. When she’s on the court, she finds her breath again and transforms into the formidable athlete and instructor that most people see.
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