Jerome Thélia’s meditation on play debuted at SXSW last year. Other screenings included DOC NYC, IFF Boston, Telluride Mountainfilm, Portland, DocUtah, Napa Valley, St Louis, and Bergen, among other events.
I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC’s program, saying:
In this wide-ranging and buoyant essay film, Jerome Thélia explores the universal appeal of play as realized in the ubiquity and versatility of the ball. Observing its popularity across time, language, nation and even species, the film’s intriguing multidisciplinary survey of historians, evolutionary biologists, psychologists, and sports commentators reveals the ball’s simple, yet profound impact on behavior, from its enabling of socialization to its role in encouraging problem solving and creativity.