The Ashe '68 Documentary Project

Ashe ’68 is a unique multi-component documentary project. It celebrates the life and legacy of Arthur Ashe, the groundbreaking tennis champion and civil rights activist, during the 50th anniversary year of his historic 1968 US Open championship victory, the year that marked his emergence as a civil rights figure. The film, VR experience, and photo exhibit focus on 1968, a momentous and tumultuous time for Ashe, America and the world. Ashe became famous by breaking racial barriers in tennis and speaking out against oppression the world over. His moment resonates today as America struggles with racism, inequity and injustice.

Created and Produced by Rex Miller, Produced by Beth Hubbard

In partnership with the International Tennis Hall of Fame

and supported by a grant from the Foundation for Global Sports Development

ASHE_68_WALLPAPER_1.jpg
 

Documentary Film

Ashe ’68 is a unique multi-component documentary project. It celebrates the life and legacy of Arthur Ashe, the groundbreaking tennis champion and civil rights activist, during the 50th anniversary year of his historic 1968 US Open championship victory.  

Arthur Ashe’s victory at the US Open in 1968 was an iconic moment of American history. As the first black man to win a Grand Slam tennis tournament, his victory resonated with the seismic social and political changes that were taking placing across the globe in 1968, and was a sign that society was changing, but what meant most to Ashe at the time is that an American had become the first US Open Men’s Champion. 

Produced by Rexpix Media and Stickfigure Productions

Producers: Steven Cantor, Beth Hubbard, Rex Miller, Jamie Schutz

A film by Rex Miller and Woody Richman

ASHE2.jpg
 

VR Experience

The Ashe ’68 VR Experience: Launching at the 2018 US OPEN, it brings viewers to the experience of Arthur Ashe’s historic 1968 U.S. Open win, weaving together 360° video re-creations, archival material and evocative, never-before-seen 360° stop-motion sand animation to tell the story. From his walk through the halls of the West Side Tennis Club, to his historic pre-match press conference to his winning match point, the viewer is right there, all presented in Virtual Reality. 

Produced by Custom Reality Services

Directed by Brad Lichtenstein

Produced by Beth Hubbard

 
 
DSC_2927_sm.jpg
 

VR Space Installation

Designed by Bill Sullivan, this interactive installation/exhibition is currently installed at the US Open and houses multiple headsets to view the Ashe 68 VR Experience.

Designed by Bill Sullivan

 
MAIN_VIEW_1D2_2c3B1aa5.jpeg
 

Photo Exhibit

A series of photographs by John Zimmerman documenting Arthur Ashe’s historic victory at the first US Open. Launched this past weekend at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, it features (16) 4’ x 6’ Vibrachrome panels and will be exhibited at the the Billie Jean King National Tennis center on the South Plaza, a few feet from the iconic Arthur Ashe statue and in the shadow of Arthur Ashe Stadium. The ways in which Ashe operated both on and off court were uniquely captured by the American photographer John G. Zimmerman, who on September 9 and 10, 1968, had the exclusive opportunity to follow Ashe while on assignment for LIFE magazine. This resulted in hundreds of never-before-seen pictures. Apart from a handful of images, the photo essay remained unpublished. The 50th anniversary of Ashe’s victory provides the ideal occasion to finally release these profound materials.

Curated and Produced by Rex Miller/Rexpix Media

Produced by Beth Hubbard

IMG_5981.jpg
 

2018 US Open

The Ashe ’68 Photo Exhibit and Virtual Reality Experience are both currently exhibited on-site at the 2018 US Open, at Flushing Meadows, NY, sponsored by Rolex, the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the USTA. It is the 50th Anniversary of Arthur Ashe’s historic win and our project will be a centerpiece of the USTA’s festivities.

In Partnership with the International Tennis Hall of Fame

and made possible by a generous grant from Rolex and the Foundation for Global Sports Development.

 
 
IMG_5984.jpg
 

Book

After 50 years, this unique portfolio is beautifully presented in a hardcover book, published by Hannibal Press.

Blog

Check here for the latest happenings and commentary from the Ashe '68 community

Press Coverage

 
IMG_8274.jpg
 

Educational Outreach Campaign

The Arthur Ashe Documentary Project Educational Outreach Campaign is an 18-month program, being developed by Beth Hubbard and the Raben Group. We will be interfacing during events at the 2018 US Open with Arthur Ashe Kids Day, the USTA, Jeanne Ashe, the USTA Foundation, NYTJL, etc. before embarking on a national and international tour.

Produced by Beth Hubbard and the Raben Group

 
6173_P_JeanneAshe_With Arthur in South Africa World Tennis Magazine Feb 1974.jpg