Sidewinder Films was born from a love of sport and a passion for education. Its founders, Dr. Steven Ungerleider and David Ulich, envisioned a production company where creative minds, funding, and knowledge can come together to create groundbreaking films that have a lasting impact.
Created as the media division of its parent organization, The Foundation for Global Sports Development, the documentaries from Sidewinder Films delve into stories that capture sport’s undeniable influence on society and the world.
Since its formation in 2015, Sidewinder Films has led or partnered on film projects that are at the forefront of significant societal transformations. Our films have been nominated for Oscars and Emmy awards, featured at some of the world’s top festivals, such as Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals, and have been broadcast on HBO, PBS, and Netflix. We have launched educational campaigns with guides for audiences to be part of the change we call for in our films. Visit our films page to learn more about our documentaries
“Sidewinder” was born out of Dr. Ungerleider and David’s love of skiing. Our studio’s name and branding was inspired by one of their most beloved ski runs at Deer Valley, Utah.
To inspire and empower audiences through remarkable, untold stories that make a lasting positive impact.
Sidewinder Films is a division of the Foundation for Global Sports Development, which delivers and supports initiatives that promote good sportsmanship, fair play, and bullying and abuse prevention. Sidewinder furthers this mission through groundbreaking documentaries that effect change in global sports culture, protecting and empowering the next generation of athletes.
Sidewinder Films is also in partnership with Courage First . Courage First is an abuse awareness program that aims to educate adults & teens on sexual abuse and predatory behavior.
We believe in the positive role of sports in the lives of children and adults around the world. In addition to the physical, mental, and emotional benefits, sports can be the key that unlocks the determination, resilience, and triumph of the human spirit.
We seek to highlight the importance of ethics and high moral character in youth and professional sports culture, healthcare, and beyond.
Knowledge is powerful. We use dynamic storytelling to inform, teach, and touch the hearts and minds of our audiences. We believe educating youth and adults about current issues in sports, health, and wellness is vital in improving the overall well-being of our world.
The purpose of our work is to effect positive change in worldwide culture. We tell stories that have social value, mentorship, and model a standard to the next generation. Our film projects promote understanding, cooperation, and respect among all people.