In 2018 Dutch documentary maker Corinne van der Borch pitched the project Sisters on Track at IDFA Forum together with the Norwegian director Tone Grøttjord-Glenne. Now, three years later the film has been released. The documentary tells the story of three young American sisters who, because of a coverstory in the magazine Sports Illustrated, are propelled into national stardom. And with Netflix as distributing partner the film now reaches an worldwide audience of millions.
Sisters on Track is about three sisters: Brooke (9 years old), Rainn (11) and Tai (12) Sheppard. They have an goal in life: to become the best runners in the world. Only their difficult upbringing doesn't help them to change this dream into reality. That changes when the sisters are chosen Kids of the Year in the US magazine Sports Illustrated. As a result fo this they storm the American talkshows and become household names for millions of Americans. Even when they are living at a homeless shelter together with their mother, they strive to pursue their dreams.
In Sisters on Track Corinne van der Borch and Tone Grøttjord-Glenn have captured the battles the sisters had to fight. During shooting they had Steve James' Hoop Dreams in mind. James was special gast during IDFA 2011 with a Top 10, a retrospective and a masterclass.
After the pitch at IDFA Forum in 2018 the two filmmakers were approached by Netflix to release the film on their platform as Netflix Original. The film can now be seen there. On September 15th Sisters on Track will be shown on the big screen in Felix Meritis in Amsterdam, in the presence of director Corinne van der Borch.
IDFA Forum is one of the most important meeting places for filmmakers and producers who are working on creative documentaries and new media projects. Also big platforms like Netflix and the BBC are present at the Forum tables. Because of that the Forum is of big importance for many succesful documentary films.