Venus And Serena release date May 10, 2013
A big screen documentary about the world’s most famous and successful sisters who happen to play tennsis.
Ever since Venus and Serena Williams started playing in tennis tournaments, they’ve provoked strong reactions – from awe and admiration to suspicion and resentment. They’ve been winning championships for over a decade, pushing the limits of longevity in such a demanding sport. How long can they last? In Venus & Serena, we gain unprecedented access into their lives during the most intimidating year of their career. Over the course of 2011, Venus grappled with an energy-sapping autoimmune disease while Serena battled back from a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. Neither Venus nor Serena let their adversities hold them back. They drew their greatest strength from each other.
The Movie facts: The sisters Williams are upset over this movie, even refusing to attend its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, because of how it portrays their father, Richard Williams – “his foibles, from his out-of-wedlock children to a 78-page manifesto he had plotting out his daughters’ success at a very young age.”
This independent art house film makes its debut in movie theaters and on VOD (Video On Demand) April 4, 2013.
We still do not know why movie studios, regardless of their size, bother releasing movies in theaters after they premiere on TV, since no one in their right mind would pay to see the movie in a theater ($15 in NYC), when they can watch the same movie for less on TV.
Rightfully so, any movie that makes its debut on VOD before its theatrical release is ineligible for Oscar consideration and placement on any major Top 10 list at the end of the year.
DIRECTED BY: Maiken Baird, Michelle Major
STUDIO: Magnolia Pictures
RATING: PG-13 (For language)
VENUS AND SERENA Official Website: TBD
DVD Release Date: TBD