Date: Saturday, August 29, 2015
Location: Soundview Cinemas, Port Washington
Directed by Rex Miller. USA, 2014, 83 min.
Panel discussion with:
Rex Miller, Film Director/Producer
Leslie Allen, Former Tennis Pro mentored by Althea Gibson
George Henry, Former Coach of Venus and Serena Williams
Lori McNeil, Coach/Former Tennis Pro
Althea Gibson’s life and achievements transcend sports. From the rough streets of Harlem, Althea emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world in the 1950s. Her roots as a sharecropper’s daughter, her family’s migration north to Harlem in the 1930s, mentoring from Sugar Ray Robinson, David Dinkins and others, and fame that thrust her unwillingly into the glare of the early Civil Rights movement, all bring her story into a much broader realm of the American story.
ALTHEA reveals rare archival material and compelling interviews with those who knew Gibson personally, such as former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, the widow of Arthur Ashe, and Billie Jean King (who also serves as one of the Executive Producers of the film).
Grand Jury Prize, Best Documentary – American Black Film Festival 2015
Official Selection – DOC NYC 2014
Official Selection – Athena Film Festival 2015
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