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What's U.S. Sports Film Festival's Hartman Up To This Weekend?

Hartman Will Be In South Florida This 
Weekend For Super Bowl Festivities
Ever wonder how executives in sports business spend their weekends? THE DAILY this week continues "What's Up For The Weekend," providing readers with an inside look at people in our industry. This week, we catch up with U.S. Sports Film Festival Founder & Chair STEVE HARTMAN, who is also an investment banker in N.Y. Staff Writer Jessica Collins talked with Hartman, who will be in South Florida this weekend producing a film festival and attending Super Bowl XLIV festivities.

Q: What are your plans for this weekend?

Hartman: Besides escaping the cold, the snow and the never-ending intensity of Manhattan (two out of three of which I actually love), I am looking forward to sports people, film people and sports films! While I have screened all of the films for this weekend's South Beach Festival, it's different to "experience" them with the stars of the film. I'm excited to see festival-award-winning baseball documentary "Faded Glory," and to watch "The U" again and experience the film in the context of hearing our panel of MICHAEL IRVIN, NAJEH DAVENPORT and other Univ. of Miami alums comment and debate the social, racial and thematic issues in the film. 

Q: What are you most looking forward to this weekend?

Hartman: The continuing of our Sports Making a Difference (SMAD) in Society Film Program, which offers developing Miami youths the opportunity to experience the Festival, film and sports as an extraordinary vehicle for individual empowerment and social change. With the recent focus on Haiti, the SMAD program takes on additional significance in terms of using sports as one vehicle to help rebuild communities. We have reached out and will be bringing in at-risk and underprivileged youths to our events. I'm looking forward to seeing these kids react when they feel the energy of VINCE PAPALE speaking to them after the screening of his film "Invincible." … Wall Street may be what I work for but these moments are what I live for. This is what puts a smile on my face.

Q: Will you be attending Sunday's Super Bowl or any parties this weekend?

Hartman: Definitely the parties. I will probably attend some of JAMIE FOXX' "Eats Beats and Cleats" party or DIDDY's party at Nikki Beach or LEIGH STEINBERG's party. As for attending the Big Game, I have not decided. … I might just attend MICHAEL STONE's Allied Athletes Super Bowl party on South Beach and chill. Other than that, I'll mainly attend our screenings and Powerade sponsored Sports Film Model Search all day Friday at Nikki Beach. … The winners will receive a modeling contract and role in an upcoming sports film to yet be named. I told Sports Studio President MARK ELLIS that I'm considering jumping in to test and see if I'm more of an actor or, more likely, an ACL waiting to happen.

Q: What is a weekend must read?

Hartman: My primary work is on the finance side but my passion is sports and the arts, so I have to make sure I know what's going on with the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, etc. But I also have to mix in Daily Variety and The Sporting News to see what opportunities are out there for sports and film. There is more crossover than people imagine.

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