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Adia Waldburger

Audiences had the opportunity to applaud for sport films at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. Two sport-themed documentary films won audience awards. The U.S. winner, Buck, follows the life of horse trainer Buck Brannaman, and Senna, a look at the life of Formula One hero Ayrton Senna, won in the international category. Other sport films screened this year included Win Win, in which Paul Giamatti stars as a volunteer high school wrestling coach; Benevides Born, about a teen female wrestler trying win a scholarship; and two short movie entries, Bike Race, an animated film about a race and a love triangle, and Skateistan: To Live and Skate Kabul, a documentary about skaters in war-torn Afghanistan. This review provides an examination of the sport films at this year’s festival and discusses the impact that this form of sport communication has on the entertainment industry.