This project began as a short film celebrating the 50th anniversary of ultimate. Research for that film turned up intriguing questions that deserved a longer format and more time to complete.
Who named the sport? How did it begin? Where did the values of sportsmanship, now codified as Spirit of the Game, originate and why? How important was mixed-gender play to the earliest years? And how unique is ultimate as one of the most successful global team sports born in the 20th century?
Ultimate is played in 95 countries and counting — yet as the sport’s earliest pioneers, inventors and rule-makers progress through their 70s they are unknown to the sport’s youthful core, much less the world at large. Now is the time to tell their stories and reveal the surprising history of ultimate frisbee and what it can tell us about the future of sport and the nature of competition.
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