CNN Films to explore Arthur Ashe’s legacy in new documentary
CNN Films and HBO Max have teamed up with Dogwoof on a new feature documentary that will explore Arthur Ashe’s impact on tennis and HIV activism.
During his memorable tennis career, Ashe won three Grand Slam singles titles and became the very first black player to join the United States Davis Cup team. He retired in 1980 and died of complications from AIDS in 1993. His impact on sport is only surpassed in esteem by his activism off the field for civil rights, global human rights and compassion. for people with HIV.
Rex Miller (“A Chef’s Life”, “Althea”) and Sam Pollard (“4 Little Girls”, “When The Leeves Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts”) are co-directors of the film about the tennis player and the humanitarian, which will be released in 2022. Miller described their film as a first-person exploration that describes Ashe’s origin story as a social activist in her own words.
“He created a unique plan to advance the civil rights of disenfranchised and oppressed people across the world, amid a tumultuous time of protests and assassinations,” Miller said. “‘Citizen Ashe’ shows the defining moments of a true champion.”
Using a mix of archival news and family footage, Miller and Pollard will illustrate Ashe’s personal development from her early days raised by her single father after losing her mother at the age of seven. . Viewers will discover how Ashe’s sleek technical form has helped him play at the highest elite level of tennis, a sport that even today has few non-white professional players.
“I was a teenager in the 1960s and remember Arthur Ashe’s extraordinary accomplishments on the tennis court, but knew little of the obstacles and challenges he faced on and off the court in the white world. professional tennis, ”Pollard said. “Working on this film was an absolute eye-opener on the man and the player, who met all of his challenges with a level of dignity and integrity that we should all try to live up to.
William Ackman, Geralyn Dreyfous, Nina and David Fialkow, Regina Scully, Courtney Sexton, Amy Entelis, John Legend, Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius, Patty Quillin, Tony Tabatznik, David Ulich and Steven Ungerleider are the executive producers of the film. Beth Hubbard and Dogwoof CEO Anna Godas are producers.