U.S. sports film festival opens with series of panels on sports and entertainment business law

    (Followed by Open Bar and hors doeuvres reception included in price)

    Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP added as sponsor for groundbreaking program
    of celebrity and legal panelists addressing key issues in Talent, Film,
    Film Festival and Sports Event industries.

    PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - Numerous sports and entertainment business
law leaders will gather in Philadelphia on Thursday October 23rd from
1:00-4:30 at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker, & Rhoads Law firm (123 S. Broad
Street, Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia) for a special half-day seminar
addressing key industry issues to open the inaugural U.S. Sports Film
Festival, the most comprehensive sports film festival ever. The event includes
an open bar and hors doeuvres reception afterward at the Loew's Hotel at 1200
Market Street.
    The four-day festival, in Philadelphia from October 23-26, will feature
special events around the screenings of more than 20 movies, ranging from
classics like "Invincible" to the debut of films in Mixed Martial Arts,
baseball and football among other sports. "We are pleased to bring together
some of the most knowledgeable and respected industry leaders for an engaging
discussion on the most critical topics relating to sports, film and events,"
said festival Board Chairman and Founder Stephan Hartman. "This panel will be
reflective of other breakout industry panels which will call the festival home
in future years." The three one hour panels include: "Representing Talent in
Television and Other Media;" "Legal Aspects of Financing, Operating and
Producing Films and Film Festivals" and "Legal Aspects of Managing Major
Events and Critical Intellectual Property."
    Guest panelists include Mark Ciardi (award-winning producer of
"Invincible," "Miracle," and "The Rookie"), Bonnie Bernstein (ABC Sports and
ESPN host Sportscaster), Sharon Pinkenson (Exec. Director, Greater
Philadelphia Film Office), Jamie Davis, (President of the Versus Network),
Mary Cavallaro and Dave Frankel (co-heads, Montgomery McCracken's Media Talent
practice), Justin Wineburgh, (Head of Cozen O'Connor's Sports and
Entertainment Law Practice, one of the largest in the country, and a 2007 and
2008 Pennsylvania Superlawyer.), Lloyd Zane Remick (Philadelphia Magazine's
2005 and 2006 "Best Sports & Entertainment Attorney"), Nick Lembo (New Jersey
Athletic Control Board Counsel), Scott Schwartz (Partner, Cozen O'Connor),
Cameron Myler (4-time Olympian and IP lawyer with NYC firm Frankfurt Kurnit
Klein & Selz), Len Glickman (Head of Toronto law firm Cassels Brock &
Blackwell's Entertainment and Sports Law Practice, one of the largest in
Canada), Matt Pace (Partner, Entertainment Law, Herrick, Feinstein, NY), James
Talbott (Principal, Los Angeles firm Talbott and Talbott), Ron Zaslow (NYC
lawyer and broadcaster) and Stephan Hartman (NYC Investment banker and
Founder, U.S. Sports Film Festival).
    The event will be accredited and co-sponsored by the Philadelphia
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. 3 CLE credits will be provided to PA, NY and
NJ attorneys. The program is open to lawyers, non-lawyers and a limited number
of students (30). Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP is sponsoring the USSFF and
the CLE program. Obtain tickets at www.ussportsfilmfestival.com or call (646)
233-2033. For CLE information contact James Talbott at (310) 457-1387.
    The films featured during the festival will include "Signature Series:
Pete Sampras," the Mixed Martial Arts documentary "Renzo Gracie: Legacy;" the
debut of "Basketball in the Barrio," the story of two former University of
Texas El Paso basketball players who started a program teaching basketball to
the impoverished immigrant children of South El Paso, and the stories of those
who used basketball as a tool for fulfillment, as well as "Kicking It," the
Ted Leonsis-produced film about a team of homeless soccer players and their
life stories and successes on the pitch; "Run For Your Life," the true-life
story of the man who created the New York City Marathon, Fred Lebow; "Kassim
The Dream," the story of Ugandan-born (and Philadelphia resident) boxing world
champion Kassim Ouma, a kidnapped child soldier and his struggles to break
free and regain his life as a professional athlete; "The Zen of Bobby V," the
baseball film which follows former MLB manager Bobby Valentine through
Japanese baseball; "Truth in 24," which follows all the drama of the 24 hours
of LeMans, and Gunnin' For That No.1 Spot, former Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's
chronicle of eight of the country's top high school hoopsters, including NBA
rookies Michael Beasley and Kevin Love, as they negotiate the courts of
legendary Rucker Park in New York .
    Also on tap for the festival will be a series of classic films including
a Tribute to renowned Olympic documentarian Bud Greenspan and "Making Films
about Sports Heroes" program featuring a screening of "Invincible," with a
panel discussion with producer Mark Ciardi, Vince Papale, Rudy Ruettinger and
other athletes, actors and film producers involved in making films about
sports heroes.
    Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP is a Toronto-based law firm of more than
200 lawyers focused on serving the transaction and advisory needs of global
    Comcast SportsNet is the presenting sponsor of the 2008 U.S. Sports Film
Festival. Versus is a founding partner and CN8, along with Comcast-Spectator,
owners of the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA, the Flyers of the NHL, and
Phantoms of the AHL are associate partners of this year's festival.
    In addition to Comcast, other sponsors and media partners for the U.S.
Sports Film Festival include: Zathlete.com, Barefoot Wine, the Philadelphia
Phillies, Eagles and Soul, KYW NewsRadio 1060, 610WIP Sports Radio, Greater
Philadelphia Film Office, Philadelphia Sports Congress, Philadelphia
Convention and Visitors Bureau, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp.,
City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Office, Philadelphia Weekly and
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
    To obtain tickets to the U.S. Sports Film Festival go to
www.ussportsfilmfestival.com or call (800) 298-4200. For Sponsorship
information please call (212) 752-2500.

For further information:

For further information: TOM CARACCIOLI, USSFF, (646) 996-5316,
tomc@ussportsfilmfestival.com; JOE FAVORITO, USSFF, (917) 566-8345,

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