Stan Smith, Danny Lee, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe
Stan Smith, Danny Lee, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe
Who is Stan Smith? Opens at Angelika

(released 5/13/2024)

"Who is Stan Smith?" is a new documentary film about tennis legend Stan Smith also known for his sneaker line and civic activism. The film had its NY premiere on Friday May 10th, 2024 at the Angelika Film Center in Manhattan. The documentary journeys through Stan Smith's accomplishment's in tennis as a world number one player and two-time major singles champion at the 1971 US Open and 1972 Wimbledon Championships. Smith also paired with Bob Lutz to create the most successful doubles team of all-time. He also took title at the Dallas WCT Finals and won four Grand Prix Championships series titles.

As an activist he was inspired by fellow tennis player Arthur Ashe who's window Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe is featured in the documentary. His anti-racist activism lead him to a relationship with Black player, Mark Mathabane, whom Smith helped escape from apartheid in South Africa. Smith also was active in AIDS awareness.

The film is directed by Danny Lee who is a multi-disiciplinary filmmaker who says on his website "I'm inspired by culture & the human condition. I put emotion, style & energy into my storytelling."

The film has the following listed as Executive producers: LeBron James, Maverick Carter, Jamal Henderson, Donald Dell, Alexandra Dell, LeBron James, and Maverick Carter.

The film also explores The Stan Smith Adidas sneaker. The iconic shoe that has become a fashion statement for hip hop musicians and celebrities for more than 50 years. The film includes his wife Maggie Smith features extensive interviews with Stan Smith, and family, and many of the world's most famous athletes and celebrities including John McEnroe,  Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, and Donald Dell.

Following the NY premiere the film is set to be released in 50 markets. The New York City theatrical run continues at the Angelika Film Center until May 16, 2024. The Angelika Film Center is located at 18 West Houston Street in NY, NY 10012. Find tickets here:

Here are some photos from the New York Premiere on Friday evening at the Angelika followed by the movie's trailer.

Stan Smith, Margie Smith

Margie Smith, Stan Smith, Alexandra Dell, Donald Dell

Tom Putnam, Stan Smith, Henry Lystad

Margie Smith, Stan Smith, Austin Smith Lee, Bren Hall

Director Danny Lee, DJ Stretch Armstrong

Bridget Fatse, Kasey O'Connor, Stan Smith, Scott Cunningham, Grant Kaufman

Stan Smith shoes on display across the street at the Adidas flagship store

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