Programming

ISFF Houston will be held March 30-April 3, 2023. We will center our programming around the films Phi Slama Jama and Survive and Advance, taking a look back 30 years later on the ripple effects of that game. How a missed play ushered in one of the biggest sports charities in history, the V Foundation and one of the most impactful speeches ever made, by Jim Valvano at the ESPY Awards.

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We will also celebrate the city of Houston’s impact on the sport of college basketball and beyond and the sportscasters who told their stories. From Jim Nantz to Barry Warner, these figure’s impact went well beyond the city of Houston.

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Glickman

We will lead off our sportscasting programming track by featuring a film on Marty Glickman, one of the two Jewish US athletes who weren’t allowed to compete in the 1936 Olympics. “Glickman” is an illuminating portrait of a man who overcame prejudice to forge a remarkable career in sports, setting the gold standard for athletes and sports broadcasters past, present and future.

Adidas vs. Puma

Adidas vs. Puma tells the story of the Dassler brothers who started one of the first athletic shoe companies in the world in 1920’s Germany. Their story is intertwined with history and Jessie Owens accomplishment of stomping down white supremacy with every step he took on the track at the 1936 Olympics, while wearing their shoes. It also touches on the antisemitism that Jewish athletes faced and will lead us into further programming in 2022 on the 2 US Jewish runners, Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller, who weren’t allowed to compete at the 1936 Olympics. The Dassler brothers went on to found iconic sports brands Adidas & Puma after WWII.  

Survive and Advance

We will explore the ripple effects of NC State’s 1983 Final Four victory over the University of Houston. How a missed play ushered in one of the biggest sports charities in history, the V Foundation and one of the most important speeches ever made, by Jim Valvano at the ESPY Awards.

Phi Slama Jama

We will screen Phi Slama Jama with a panel discussion on the impact of that game and a look back 30 years later on the ripple effects of that game. We will also celebrate the city of Houston’s impact on the sport of college basketball and beyond

U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum hosts ISFF Pop-up June 26 & 27th.

ISFF and the USOPM are partnering to present a film festival during the Hall of Fame Induction weekend. We will use film to explore the history of the Olympics and athletes achievements on and off the field.

ISFF X ASPEN January 2024

ISFF is hosting a pop-up film festival in Aspen January 2024. More details to come, join the party now! You can purchase tax-deductible tickets below. All proceeds will benefit ISFF’s nonprofit Through the Lens.

ISFF Aspen VIP Party

ISFF is hosting a VIP Fundraising party at The Sterling from 5-7pm with special guests. Proceeds from the event will be split between ISFF’s nonprofit Through the Lens and Burton’s CHILL Program. You can purchase tickets and make tax-deductible donations via the button below.

ISFF Aspen Presents: Dear Rider

ISFF is excited to present Dear Rider: The Jake Burton Story in Aspen on January 26, 2023. Celebrating the life and vision of snowboarding pioneer Jake Burton Carpenter, this documentary details his story and how he propelled the sport into a global phenomenon. A Discussion panel will follow the screening with Director Fern Villena and Producer Abby Young.

JAKE BURTON KIDS BOOK

ISFF is working on an animated kids book that tells the powerful story of Jake Burton.

Title IX 50th Anniversary

ISFF will hold virtual and in-person screenings in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Title IX.

A League of Their Own- Gender Equality

ISFF is partnering with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston to present A League of Their Own on the 30th anniversary of the film’s release and as part of our celebration of women in sports for the 50th Anniversary of Title IX. The screening was August 13, 2022 in the Brown Auditorium.

Experiences

Our mission is to provide filmmakers with a platform to share impactful sports stories that will inspire and educate audiences.

Sports and Travel experiences

ISFF will be creating custom sports and travel experiences for our supporters. Stay tuned for more info!

Drive with ISFF

ISFF will be creating driving experiences with our partners. Stay tuned for more info!

Miracle Experience

ISFF will be hosting a cocktail reception at the US Olympic & Paralympic Museum prior to the screening. The film will be screened next to the actual scoreboard from the game!

Miracle is the inspiring true story behind one of the greatest moments in sports history — the 1980 United States ice hockey team’s triumphant Olympic victory against the Soviet Union.

Partnerships

We are telling a story through the films we select, taking our audience on a series of journeys through the human condition in sports.

Celebrity Sports Events

ISFF will partner with a local team or athlete to create a Celebrity sports event as a joint fundraiser for the athlete/team’s Foundation and ISFF’s charity, Through the Lens. Proceeds will be split 50/50. We will use the power of film to highlight these causes.

Access & Philanthropy

ISFF will partner with Athletes, Team & Foundations to screen short films & host sports activities that create greater access to sports in underprivileged communities.

We will partner to give philanthropic athletes a platform to raise awareness and revenue for their charitable causes.

Athlete Ambassadors

We will partner with athletes to create an Athlete Ambassador program. This will consist of levels of fundraising paired with creating content of their life and story. From kids books to a documentary film, the content we create will be powerful and impactful, sharing their story with their fans.

Filmmaking Workshop

ISFF is partnering with film students from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs to create short films on the drivers and cars competing at the 2022 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.