Saturday, May 21, 2016
Northside Community Center
TOP SPIN (2014, 80 min., documentary). What’s it take to make the U.S. Olympic team? Before graduating from high school? Follow local table tennis stars and Olympians, Ariel Hsing and Lily Zhang, and teammate Michael Landers, as they wind their way through the preparation and challenges in making the U.S. Olympic team in one of America’s most under-appreciated sports. Do you think they have Tiger Moms? Are they keeping up their grades in school? Find out as the support system for these accomplished teenagers is revealed and reflected upon through interviews with parents, coaches, and friends.
Program: LA-based co-directors Mina T. Son and Sara Newens in conversation with festival director Duane Kubo.