It’s been a big couple weeks for table tennis movies (and a GIANT year), but it’s not over yet. This weekend at the DOC NYC festival, the new ping pong documentary “Top Spin,” directed by Sara Newens and Mina T. Son will debut.
The film is about three American teenagers trying to make the Olympics. The story follows Ariel Hsing, Lily Zhang, and Michael Landers. The documentary follows the three players as they compete and grow into the sport while dealing with friendship and rivalry.
SPiN founders Jonathan Bricklin and Franck Raharinosy executive produced the documentary and noted that the directors have a passion for table tennis, “Just like the prodigious ping-pong players in this documentary, filmmakers Sara and Mina have put their blood, sweat, and tears into a captivating story about what it takes to be the best ping-pong players in America, and perhaps the world, while still in high school.”
When asked the one thing they wanted viewers to think leaving the theater, Son replied, “Get me to a ping pong table!” and Newens added, “Yes! And we also hope that people come away with a better understanding of how difficult and nuanced table tennis really is. These kids are often training six hours a day to reach that Olympic level of play. It requires an extraordinary amount of dedication, much like any other sport.”