The Landmark at Merrick Park
358 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33146

LOVE MEANS ZERO

Florida Premiere

DIRECTED BY Jason Kohn

Country: USA
Language: English

Running Time: 91min
Film Year: 2017
Category: Knight Documentary Achievement Award

Nick Bollettieri ran America’s most famous tennis academy near Tampa, Florida, producing multiple champions — including several who would become fierce rivals. Was Bollettieri a genius or a tyrant, a father figure or a huckster? There are no simple answers.

Filmmmaker Jason Kohn, a protégé of Errol Morris, delivers a complex and humorous exploration of the highs and lows of Bollettieri’s epic career. Built into the narrative of Love Means Zero are several of the gripping tennis matches that proved to be key turning points when Bollettieri’s loyalties shifted between his pupils. Jim Courier, Andre Agassi, and Boris Becker figure prominently in this tale. We also hear from former students-turned-champions Kathleen Horvath and Carling Bassett.

Bollettieri, now in his eighties, is notoriously unsentimental. But Kohn has a good-natured way of probing deeper to unwind this tale of ego, money, and competition to find the human core. This film is a grand slam winner.

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credits

Director: Jason Kohn
Producer: Amanda Branson Gill, Jason Kohn, Anne White, Jill Mazursky, David Styne
Executive Producer: Vinnie Malhotra, Stephen Espinoza
Production Company: Kilo Films & Showtime

Music: Jonathan Sadoff
Cinematographer: Eduardo Mayen
Editor: Jack Price, Michael Flores

Jason Kohn

Jason Kohn was born and raised on Long Island. After graduating from Brandeis University he spent two years studying under world-renowned documentarian Errol Morris, before going on to produce and direct his first feature documentary Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) (07), which won Sundance's grand jury and cinematography awards. Love Means Zero (17) is his second feature.

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