About Sidewinder Films
The Foundation for Global Sports Development founded Sidewinder Films, a 501(c)3 film production company, in furtherance of their mission to support initiatives that promote fair play, education, and the physical and developmental benefits of sports for youth around the world.
Sport is more than simply a type of competition. We believe sport holds the key to unlocking the triumph of human spirit, mutual understanding, and cooperation and respect among all people. Sidewinder Films seeks to bring these positive messages of sport to people through films which touch lives, tell remarkable stories, and create a lasting impact.
A key aspect of GSD’s mission is their focus on education, particularly in regards to public health. We understand educating youth and adults about current issues in health and wellness is vital in improving the overall well-being of the world. Sidewinder Films offers a creative avenue to provide educational programs through film. In addition to sports-related themes, our film topics include end-of-life care, doping and its effects on the body and society, and maintaining emotional well-being throughout life transitions.
Dr. steven ungerleider, Co-Founder
Dr. Steven Ungerleider is an accomplished author, sports psychologist, and advocate for sport. He has written several books on Olympic topics, including the best-selling Faust’s Gold: Inside the East German Doping Machine, which examined the 30-year doping activities of the late East German regime. Steven is a founding trustee of the Foundation for Global Sports Development, where he currently serves as Vice-President for the Executive Board. He co-founded the Foundation’s production arm, Sidewinder Films, and received an Emmy nomination for his research on the 2016 documentary short Munich ’72 and Beyond. His latest film, At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, debuted at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival before airing on HBO this past May.
Steven has also served on the Education and Ethics Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency and the National Advisory Panel of the American Psychological Association. In 2009, he co-founded the Texas Program in Sports and Media (TPSM) at the University of Texas, Austin.
Steven was a producer for End Game, which received an Oscar nomination for “Best Documentary Short Subject.” He was also nominated for an Emmy for his research work for Munich ’72 and Beyond.
DAVID c. ULICH, Co-founder
David C. Ulich is the President of the Foundation for Global Sports Development and serves on its Board of Directors. He is a co-founder of the Foundation’s production arm, Sidewinder Films, which has produced such critically acclaimed documentaries as the Emmy-nominated Munich ’72 and Beyond and the Academy Award-nominated End Game. Their latest film, At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, recently premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, before airing nation-wide on HBO this past May.
David is a partner of the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. He also serves on the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games’ Board of Directors, the Council of the International Fair Play Committee, Agitos Foundation’s Board of Trustees, and the LA2028 organizing committee.