"Love Means Zero" documentary orchestrated by Christian Hebel
It was exciting to orchestrate the soundtrack for this documentary which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). It was ranked in the Top 10 films at TIFF by The Rolling Stone magazine. The documentary will premiere on SHOWTIME in 2018.
Love means zero is a documentary about the legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri. His tennis academy for youngsters was a groundbreaking training ground for generations of professional players; his take-no-prisoners approach to mentoring helped players ranging from the Williams sisters to a comeback-era Boris Becker achieve champion-level status; and his uncanny ability to wipe his memory clean regarding decades of bad decisions and one particular devastating break-up. Documentarian Jason Kohn (Manda Bala) keeps lobbing over-the-net questions off-camera – not for nothing was he an Errol Morris protege – and Bollettieri keeps bouncing them back with "I don't remember ... that's just Nick!" It's his evasiveness and silences around star pupil Andre Agassi, however, that speak volumes about this brash figure, and why this extraordinary portrait ends up only peripherally being about the sport and all about the art of burning bridges.