Gold Balls

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USA | 2016 | 85 minutes | Kate Dandel

A growing group of active seniors are taking the sport of tennis to the next level with Ultra Senior tennis, where octogenarians train like young pros, travel like itinerant rock bands, and vie for the prize of the "Gold Ball" trophy, illustrating the agelessness of the human spirit.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

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Kate Dandel's feature-length documentary debut inspires the average athlete in all of us while offering unique insight into the lives of several elite tennis players—with the slight caveat that they all happen to be between the ages of 75 and 95. The film follows several players, each a character in their own right, contending for the golden balls that act as the trophies of US Senior Tennis championships. There's a former most-eligible-bachelor from Madison, Wisconsin; a retired litigator teaching tween tennis academy athletes a lesson in respecting their elders on and off the court; a 75-year-old woman who thought her physical therapist was being too soft in treating her rotator cuff surgery; and the publisher of "Black Tennis Magazine," who learned the game from his Methodist minister father in the backyard. The story quirkily reminds us that just getting up and going to the court is half the battle, as the film showcases the extensive pre-match stretches and morning calisthenics every player must go through to be in playing shape. But after the first serve, we forget that many of them retired from their careers 30 years prior, and realize they're just like every other athlete competing to be a champion.

Director Biography
Kate Dandel, a writer and founder of Scout Hill Productions, received a Master's degree from the University of Washington and a BA from Notre Dame. She has invested over a year in developing Gold Balls, and is uniquely positioned in her relationships with the players.

Sponsored by 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, CityArts, Seattle Weekly, AARP of Washington, Women In Film/Seattle

  • Director: Kate Dandel
  • Principal Cast: John Powless, Ron Tonidandel, Bob Sherman, George McCabe, Marcus Freeman, Steve Tignor
  • Premiere Status: World Premiere
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 85 minutes
  • Producer: Kate Dandel
  • Cinematographers: Andres Garreton, Nathan M. Miller
  • Editors: Amy Enser
  • Music: Catherine Grealish
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP