short balls: renee reverberations



Sunday sun: The sun is out in NYC today, but before TSF East goes galavanting through Prospect Park in Brooklyn, we wanted to check in on the week that was for Renee, Eric Drath’s Renee Richards documentary at the now-ending TriBeCa Film Festival.

TSF Vault: Our interview with Eric | Buy: TFF tote

I checked out the film this past Thursday with TSF contributor Troy Venechanos and was wowed by Renee’s story. Like most followers of the pro game, I knew the Renee story as a monumental one. But, as a 25-year-old, I didn’t understand its historic significance, nor did I realize how it divided the sport as it did. One festival goer asked Drath in the post-movie Q&A about Chris Evert‘s involvement in being interviewed for the docu (only a clip of Evert from the 70s appears in the film). “Her agent made it clear she didn’t want to be involved,” Drath told the questioner.

But Martina, BJK and Johnny Mac all appeared in candid, recent interviews. Perhaps most telling were the host of Renee’s — and Dick’s (Renee before her transformation) — friends who told the story from a personal POV. Compelling to say the least.

Headliner: The film got an extra boost from New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who wrote about it in her column this week when news broke that a transgender woman in Maryland had been beaten at a McDonald’s. And of course the Village Voice‘s Michael Musto had his musings on the film, too.

Watch: The film was part of the ESPN line-up at TFF and will air on the channel on a TBD date this fall.

(Image by Getty Images)

WANT: the TFF tote, a whale of a shirt, and a map (not to scale)



Commemorative merch is always tricky (“…and all I got was this lousy t-shirt!”) but this week we’re willing to make an exception: Oregonian bagmaker Will Leather Goods has whipped up special versions of its canvas totes and carryalls in conjunction with the two-week Tribeca Film Festival, happening now in NYC. FYI, Buy: Will Leather Goods tote ($195) and TFFxWILL carryall (pictured above, $46) available on-site and online. Watch: Aside from Renee, here’s a list of must-see TFF flicks, via DailyCandy.)

Whale of a shirt: Lots of nautical-themed pieces over at NY-based CXXVI, but our fave — were you surprised? — involved an animal. Buy: Heather fleece sweatshirt with a whale applique, $88, CXXVI.

Around the world all over my neck: Yeah, it’s not quite to scale, but we’re still ready to show off (or cover!) some decolletage with this necklace of the world, dreamed up by Kegan Fisher and Liz Kinnmark of Design Glut. Buy: World Links Necklace, $60, in gold or silver, aplusrstore.com

sports get artsy at the tff



The Tribeca Film Festival kicked off this last week in New York. There are plenty of feature films, documentaries, shorts and animations to go around. But don’t forget about those artists who get all sweaty — athletes. This year’s festival has put together a healthy selection of sports-related films, including the much-anticipated The Two Escobars, an ESPN film that chronicles the fanatical soccer-loving culture in the country of Colombia by intertwining two (unrelated) Escobar men.

A full film guide can be found here. Oh, and of course there’s a couple of fashion docus to check out, too. Hoping for a new tennis film? Not so much. Looks like we’re still stuck with Unstrung for now…

(photo via tribecafilm.com)