About Sidewinder Films

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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, PRODUCER

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. Dr. Ungerleider serves as Vice-President for the Executive Board of The Foundation for Global Sports Development.

He was appointed to the International Society for Olympic Historians (ISOH), has served as a founding trustee of Global Sports Development (GSD), has served on the education and ethics committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency and was recently appointed to the national advisory panel of the American Psychological Association. In 2009, Ungerleider was a co-founder of the Texas Program in Sports and Media (TPSM) at the University of Texas, Austin, which will house the largest repository of sports research material including a major International Olympic collection, an East German Doping collection and all files related to the recent BALCO drug scandal.

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 is the President of The Foundation for Global Sports Development and serves on its Board of Directors. The foundation works closely with the International Olympic Committee and a variety of Sports Federations on global programming and outreach efforts including domestic and international grant making, the formation and growth of impactful collaborations and partnerships and youth mentorship and awards programming that increasingly impact underserved youth. 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, and the Agitos Foundation’s Board of Trustees. He was recently appointed to the board of the LA2028 organizing committee.

David 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.



With four Emmys, two Oscar nominations and a “Producer of the Year” award, Cascio has a noteworthy career in documentary TV programming. As National Geographic Channel’s EVP, Programming, he was the driving force behind many important and successful programs, including the record-breaking Inside 9/11, the award-winning Restrepo, and the recent mini-series, The ‘90s: The Last Great Decade? As EVP/GM at Animal Planet, Cascio delivered record ratings and hit shows.

He’s most recognized for his work at A&E, supervising the award-winning Biography series, as well as Investigative Reports, City Confidential and documentaries such as Titanic: Death of a Dream. He was VP at NBC News, creating a documentary strategy for MSNBC. Among his accolades, Cascio was cited in Entertainment Weekly’s “It List,” as one of the most creative people in the media. Cascio now advises selected media and production partners through his company, M&C Media LLC.