Sunday, September 16, 2012

TIFF 2012: Directors Michelle Major & Maiken Baird "Venus & Serena"

It's unquestionable that Venus and Serena Williams have elevated the popularity of tennis -- and not just women's tennis. Their great athleticism, bold style and passionate nature have made them simultaneously the most loved and hated players in sports. In the new documentary, Venus & Serena, directors Michelle Major and Maiken Baird treat us to an intimate look at the controversial sisters.

[Pictured above: Directors Michelle Major (left) & Maiken Baird (right)]

Filmed over the last 2 years, Venus & Serena provides first-hand accounts of the sisters' childhood, training, rivalry, success and adversity. The film also contains countless stock footage of their matches and home movies -- not to mention, commentary from parents Richard and Oracene, Chris Rock, John McEnroe, Anna Wintour and former President Bill Clinton.

Some of the film's most revealing moments include: the sister's disinterest in marriage or kids, their uncanny domesticated lifestyle together and their embarrassment over their father's illegitimate children.

Venus & Serena is a very satisfying portrait of champion sisters who rely on each other's strength -- both on and off the court.

At this time, the film does not have a distribution deal.

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