Some thoughts on the upcoming US premiere by the director Jan Bäss

The basic thing that can be felt is excitement. And I think that is not so bad. The players and legends who are featured and who  a r e  THE INVISIBLE STRING are exited to finally see that documentary that embarked about 3 years ago. And the filmmakers, me upfront, are extremely exited to get all these lovely protagonist together in one room, one event and probably one heck of a afterparty-happening.

This is the theory. Noone can look into the future. And eventually the US taste for the discumentary is different, compared to these people in that distant old world. The approach will be different. The shows in Europe were under the impression of: ‘Oh my, those where the guys that started this phenomenon about flying discs in the US and soon after in the rest of the world. It is so great to meet them’.

Now, we’ll soon have the legends and protagonists sitting in the theatre, comparing their own memories with the pieces of their stories that finally made it into TIS, to create the story of the film. Under the laws and the filmmakers perspective of what makes a good story, knowing that many gems actually dropped out during the editing process.

Just try to think about that it would have been possible to create several films out of the footage that was generated during the trips around the world. If there was also special interest for that, because that’s what TIS is, a very special interest documentary.

TIS can be part of the dawning of a new era for that disc feeling, as the general acceptance for flying disc sports, the art and lifestyle continues to float more and more into the main stream. Which does not have to be bad or good, it’s inevitable. In my opinion, it will be a bright future, as long as there is a strong bond to the spirit of the game. The spirit has to be lived by players. It is that rule that is unwritten and has to come from the inside of each player: Compete as hard as you probably can but keep in mind it’s just a game; play by the rules and judge as objectively as you can and sometimes even against your own advantage.

Especially in Ultimate nowadays it seems that this spirit, which can also be called gentlemen’s agreement – basically an act of humanity, is not as strong anymore as it used to be: You can experience very athletic teams with less respect for the other teams, sometimes you can even watch intentionally brutal fouls and really bad calls. For me, as someone who loves the sport and the community, this attitude plainly sucks. And I know that many, not necessarily only old school players have a similar feeling.

Therefore, dear young people in the audiences who love the sport and the lifestyle that comes with it: consider that winning a great game at the highest level of competition is more fun when you play with your opponents than against them.

If there is one thing I really like to archive with the film – apart from the circumstance that flying discs are the best things in the world ever made in plastic and this fact has to finally find its way on to the big screens in as many places as possible – than it is respect. Respect for the gorgeous history of the sports, respect between the different sports, respect for the games that you love and respect for the people you play with. So please watch out for this invisible string that can tie disc lovers together. It is something very valuable and should be well looked after.

I really hope that the majority can agree with this so that there will be a bright future. Now please go out and play or watch The Invisible String somewhere in a theatre near you!

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2 thoughts on “Some thoughts on the upcoming US premiere by the director Jan Bäss

  1. So nice to hear your words of encouragement for the honorable and sports-person aspect of playing with discs, just as my dear dad, Ed Headrick, had always promoted.
    He loved to see humbleness and support of each other during Disc Golf games, but this philosophy started long before that game. “Play fair, love each other and leave the the place cleaner then when you found it”. He was a swearing man and many knew of his passionate temper, but on the course, he really discouraged any of that. The game was a place of sanctuary for all, (The Church of Frisbeetarians, he called it).
    Often, Disc Golf games were started and/or ended with group hugs. It was way more about camaraderie and being in a good, healthy place, then it ever was about the score. That said, the drive to get a great score and do fantastic and amazing things with a disc was more a personal reward and always cheered on with great enthusiasm from witnesses and friends.
    He would have been so excited to see this movie with you all and is totally there with you in spirit, I’m sure!
    Congratulations to all and I can’t wait to see it either!

    Yours,
    Valerie Headrick
    (favorite daughter)

  2. Love that this has happened!! So many good memories and so much good feeling. The spirit of play is such an important thing to be reminded of. Thanks. Konn

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