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NCCS Graduate, Filmmaker Matthew Heineman ’98 Releases Tiger Woods Biopic on HBO

Academy Award nominee, Emmy-winning filmmaker and New Canaan Country School graduate, Matthew Heineman ’98 (Cartel Land, A Private War) and co-director, Emmy nominee Matthew Hamachek (Amanda Knox) have released Tiger, a revealing look at the rise, fall, and epic comeback of global icon Tiger Woods, now streaming on HBO.
“This terrific two-part documentary about Tiger Woods is rich and well-paced,” said Margaret Lyons of The New York Times. “There are a ton of interesting, illuminating details here, but the doc is even more intriguing as a meta-textual commentary on sex and gender roles, growth and change, and especially celebrity and intimacy.” Maria Fontoura of Rolling Stone writes “Tiger reveals its subject through how he lives — or doesn’t. This is a tragedy in three acts… we know we’re looking at a ticking time bomb; we’ve seen it assembled wire by wire over the last 90 minutes.” “A clear-eyed appraisal of fame and its aftermath,” said Daniel D’Addario of Variety Magazine. “Tiger is an urgent and powerful viewing that withholds judgment, but nothing else.” 

The series paints an intimate picture of the prodigy whose dedication and obsession with the game of golf not only took his fame and success to new heights, but also down a dark, spiraling road that eventually led to a legendary sports comeback, culminating in his victory at the 2019 Masters.

Tiger highlights never-before-seen-footage and interviews with those who know Tiger Woods best, including his former caddy and close friend, Steve Williams; golf legend Sir Nick Faldo; his father Earl Woods’ friend and biographer, Pete McDaniel; Tiger’s first true love, Dina Parr; and Rachel Uchitel, the woman at the center of the sex scandal that forever altered Tiger’s world, breaking her silence for the first time.

"The expectations that his father, his sponsors, his fans and the world at large thrust upon him were impossible to live up to, and what we learned is that the projected persona didn't match the reality of who Tiger was or whom he has ever aspired to be," said Heineman. "So as a filmmaker, I gravitated toward the opportunity to find the deeper truths in his story." 

You can watch Tiger on HBO and read more about this film and Matthew’s other projects on his website:
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