Nick Bollettieri and his tennis academy of the 1980s and ‘90s are legendary, both for his famous students like Andre Agassi, and for the way his relationships with those students crashed and burned. For his film “Love Means Zero,” filmmaker Jason Kohn wanted to get into the heart of this lion in winter, but hours into their first interview Kohn realized they were in a kind of high stakes tennis match – and it was one he had very little chance of winning.
Documentary clips in today’s intro:
General Idi Amin Dada (A Self Portrait) (1974): Filmed with the permission of Uganda’s brutal dictator Idi Amin, Barbet Schroeder’s film is a darkly comic, disturbing look at the ruthless and psychotic self-titled “President for Life.” (iTunes, Kanopy)
An Inconvenient Truth (2006): Davis Guggenheim’s Oscar winner follows Al Gore on his now famous international speaking tour about global warming. (Amazon, iTunes)
A Place at the Table (2012): An up-close look at food insecurity and the devastating effects it has on 50 million Americans. (Amazon, iTunes, YouTube)