Friday, February 28, 2014

Oscar-Nominated Frisbee Film

Floating Free (IMDb), a film by Jerry Butts documenting the 1977 World Frisbee Championships, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Film, Live Action at the 1978 Academy Awards. Other nominees included The Absent-Minded Waiter, Notes on the Popular Arts, Spaceborne, and the eventual Oscar winner - I'll Find a Way.

Info: The Floating Free documentary (10:30) captures the various events during the 1977 World Frisbee Championships at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The footage may be grainy, yet it's clear the flying plastic disc - as the central character - is quite versatile. A varied soundtrack follows the quick shots of action from event to event, showcasing Guts, Ultimate (Penn State vs. Santa Barbara), Freestyle, and Frisbee Dogs - all played in front of an enormous, responsive crowd.

Watch the entire documentary: (Ultimate game starts at 3:02, ends at 5:03)

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