Paul Haber:Against the Wall

Paul Haber did the impossible beating the world racquetball champion in a winner take all Hands versus Racquet match in Memphis.Sports Illustrated called it the greatest mixed sport match in the history of athletic competition. In the world of handball,Paul Haber was Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Bobby Hull, Joe DiMaggio, Joe Namath, and a dash of Frank Sinatra.A Sports Illustrated writer called him "the most colorful champion in sports since Namath - and with better knees."

  • Andrew Hollan
    Director
    The Winning Edge
  • Michelle Ponto
    Writer
    CBS Television
  • Andrew Hollan
    Producer
    The Winning Edge
  • Paul Haber
    Key Cast
    Inside Handball by Mort Leve
  • Jimmy Jacobs
    Key Cast
    Boxing movies and historical footage
  • Bill Yambrick
    Key Cast
    Handball loop films
  • Dr.Bud Muehleisen
    Key Cast
    National Paddleball and Racquetball films
  • Alexandra Yancey
    Narrator
    The Flaming Hellcats
  • J.C. Camargo
    Original music composer and performer
    April Sky
  • Film Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Sports, Short film, Non Fiction, Human Interest Story
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 31, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    35,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • The Hampton Film Festival
    Post Oak Blvd
    November 7, 2014
    Houston, Texas Screening
    Best of Show
  • IOFF
    Hollis,NY
    United States
    June 10, 2016
    IOFF
    Final Four Award
  • Miami Epic Trailer Festival
    Miami Beach
    United States
    April 21, 2017
    Miami Beach Trailer Festival
    Finalist
  • Wendy's Short Films
    Austin, Texas
    United States
    July 6, 2016
    Wendy's Short Films
    Best Sports Documentary
  • Bay Area Cinefest
    San Francisco,CA
    United States
    June 25, 2015
    West Coast Premiere
    Bronze Medal for Short Documentary
  • Twin City Film Festival
    Minneapolis-St.Paul
    United States
    December 21, 2016
    Twin City Film festival
    Round of Sweet Sixteen for Best Documentary
  • Celtic Film Festival
    Houston, Texas
    United States
    August 4, 2017
    Celtic Film Festival
    Native Gaelic Sports Film First Place Award presented by Waterford Crystal
Distributor Information
  • YouTube
    Country: Worldwide
Director Biography

Began lessons and playing handball,racquetball, tennis and squash at the Houston Racquet Club in 1970.
Competed in local, regional and national tournaments in the 70's,80's ,90's and early 2000's.
My friendship with Paul Haber began at a National AAU Tournament in 1971.

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Director Statement

During filming of Paul's tribute my research indicated Paul was in an unmarked indigent grave in a cemetery that had graffiti.I raised funds and provided him a tombstone.My efforts have gotten my friend elected to the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. I have gotten files started on my friend at museums across North America.My personal collection of Paul David Haber historic memorabilia is the largest in the world .
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,San Diego Union Tribune,Fort Bend Star have articles on this film tribute for my friend.