Latest Leonsis Film Venture Picked for Sundance

Ted Leonsis and his social-minded posse of investors are headed back to the Sundance Film Festival.
Less than a year after producing his award-winning documentary "Nanking," the Washington Capitals owner was informed on Thursday that his latest documentary effort about homeless soccer players has been accepted to debut at Sundance.

"Kicking It" will have its world premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, this January. The film tells the story of the 2006 Homeless World Cup, held in Cape Town, South Africa, following seven players as they compete to become champions while overcoming poverty and addiction.

The 90-minute film fits into the former AOL mogul's model of "filmanthropy" -- using small films to spur debate on important issues and boost charitable giving.

In addition to Leonsis, investors in "Kicking It" include local entrepreneurs Sheila Johnson, Mark Ein, Jack Davies and Raul Fernandez. The film is the pet project of Susan Koch, a longtime Washingtonian and filmmaker who got the idea while trolling the Internet and started the project nearly two years ago.

"Nanking" was Leonsis' first film venture and made an impact at Sundance 2007 for its sober retelling of Japanese atrocities against Chinese civilians on the eve of World War II. "Nanking" has won accolades including an award for documentary editing at Sundance and a humanitarian award at the Hong Kong Film Festival.
-- Thomas Heath

By Mike Shepard  |  November 30, 2007; 3:23 PM ET  | Category:  Philantrophy
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I love your attitude make is simple for readers to comment. Other sites want extensive registration, log ons etc., making it difficult to make short comments.
I agree with the above editorial news, etc. except I am not sure about charitable giving as the goal of Ted Leonsis or his agenda. That is rather specific and not clear it is on his list, however it can easily become that unintentionally. In which case that is a whole new arena.

I highly admire Ted Leonsis for breaking new ground, for setting up a new category, a new chapter in film making. It follows his career of achievements. He's the man.
The man has ambition, skill, management and heart. No wonder he is ethnic Greek, the forefather of modern democracy and science. Three cheers for Ted.

Now on a negative side why is Joeseph Rhawn Phd, bashing him on the You Tube etc.
Joe, who on his own rights is doing good, and maybe was the first to come out with multi-language Nanking documentaries without expensive actors but give each other space. I don't see Ted attacking Joe.

Posted by: Bob Howard | December 24, 2007 11:09 AM

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