Programming

ISFF Houston will be held February 2-5, 2023. Our programming will feature stories of athletes and sports figures who have made an impact in the world.

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Our Sportscasting track will feature the impact Marty Glickman had on the profession and the sports world at large. We will also honor Bob Allen’s impact on the world of sports in Houston.

We will screen Gleason which will be used as a test case for Athlete Activism through film in the fight against ALS. Please stay up to date for more programming announcements!

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.

Gleason

At the age of 34, Steve Gleason, former NFL defensive back and New Orleans hero, was diagnosed with ALS. Doctors gave him two to five years to live. So that is what Steve chose to do: live. This film incorporates personal video journals from Gleason for his then-unborn son to footage of his adventures undertaken as part of his mission to live his life to the fullest.

Porsche Challenge at Pike’s Peak

The Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb is one of the most famous driving challenges in the world and this year Porsche Drivers Travis Pastrana, CJ Wilson, JR Hildebrand, and others take on the mountain on the Porsche Challenge: Pikes Peak.

RACE TO THE CLOUDS

From the first race in 1916, to Sebastien Loeb’s record smashing run in 2013, Race to the Clouds is a documentary film capturing the history of America’s second oldest auto race, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Race to the Clouds features amazing historic footage and interviews with past Champions Bobby, Al, Al Jr., and Robby Unser, John Wells, David Donner, and many more.

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 Film Workshop at Pikes Peak Hill Climb

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.

Porsche Challenge at Pike’s Peak

The Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb is one of the most famous driving challenges in the world and this year Porsche Drivers Travis Pastrana, CJ Wilson, JR Hildebrand, and others take on the mountain on the Porsche Challenge: Pikes Peak.

RACE TO THE CLOUDS

From the first race in 1916, to Sebastien Loeb’s record smashing run in 2013, Race to the Clouds is a documentary film capturing the history of America’s second oldest auto race, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Race to the Clouds features amazing historic footage and interviews with past Champions Bobby, Al, Al Jr., and Robby Unser, John Wells, David Donner, and many more.

Loni Unser Female Empowerment and Inspiration

ISFF will help students create a short film on Porsche driver Loni Unser as she competes in the 2022 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The film will touch on the Unser family’s racing legacy at the PPIHC and Loni’s place carrying on the family legacy. It will also be used to inspire more girls to dream about entering the world of motorsports.

Renee Brinkerhoff

ISFF will help students create a short film on Renée Brinkerhoff who’s first race was in Mexico, at the La Carrera Panamericana. After that unique accomplishment Renée discovered that she had a calling to continue to push the limits of extreme vintage rally racing and use her platform to raise awareness and funds to combat child trafficking globally. 

Gas vs. Electric

ISFF will help students create a short film that explores the transition from gas to electric cars in motorsports. This will be a great opportunity for film students to educate the audience about the differences between the two and their impact on climate change.

Title IX 50th Anniversary

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

Virtual Festival in the MetaVerse

ISFF will hold a virtual film festival in the Metaverse highlighting women in sports. Stay tuned for more details!

A League of Their Own

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 will take place August 13, 2022 at 2pm in the Brown Auditorium. Purchase tickets here. Use promo code HISFF for a discounted ticket!

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.