ESPN Announces New Additions To 30 For 30 Series

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ESPN has announced the addition of two new films to its hit 30 for 30 film series.  Survive and Advance and Elway to Marino are the latest additions to the network’s ongoing series of documentaries.  The first of the films to debut will be Survive and Advance.  The documentary centers on the late NC State University basketball coach Jim Valvano and the Wolfpack’s legendary 1982-’83 season.  That year, the team came back from almost not making the NCAA tournament to winning nine straight games in route to winning the NCAA title that year.  The Wolfpack players took down teams whose rosters included players who would later go on to become some of the game’s biggest names.  Among those names are the likes of:  Jordan, Olajuwon, Sampson, and Drexler.  The film is directed by Jonathan Hock (Unguarded, The Best That Never Was).  It will air Sunday, March 17th at 9pm on ESPN.

The second of the new films in the series is the football documentary, Elway to Marino.  This documentary focuses on what is considered by most to be a pivotal turning point for the NFL in the April 26, 1983 NFL Draft.  Before this draft, the NFL was in very troubled waters.  The previous season had seen a players strike.  The USFL took that as a chance to take some of the league’s top talent.  And the now late Al Davis had taken the league to court.  But it was this draft that turned the tide for the league.  The film examines the draft from the vantage point of the owners, players, managers, agents and more to explain the significance of the landmark draft.  Among the players taken in the draft were NFL legends John Elway and Dan Marino (just two of the six QBs taken that year).  It examines all the work that went into drafting players, both the good and the bad.  Elway to Marino was directed by Ken Rodgers and is being presented by both ESPN Films and NFL Films.  It will air Tuesday, April 23rd at 9pm on ESPN.

Elway to Marino and Survive and Advance are just two more additions to the long awaited 30 for 30 Volume II which is currently slated for an October 2013 release.  Sports lovers and fans in general can keep up with the latest news about this release and others in the 30 for 30 series online at http://www.facebook.com/espn30for30 and http://www.espn.com/30for30.

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ESPN Winding Down Latest Group Of 30 For 30 Films

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ESPN is wrapping up its latest group of films in its 30 for 30 series.  The network will air the penultimate episode from this installment of the series tomorrow night, October 30thGhosts of Ole Miss will air tomorrow night at 8pm EST on ESPN/ESPN HD.  The film focuses on the racial tensions on the campus of Ole Miss as James Meredith was set to become the university’s first ever African American student in the fall of 1962.  The impact of Meredith’s acceptance into the university reverberated all the way to the nation’s capital and then president John F. Kennedy.

Along with becoming the university’s first African American student, Meredith also joined the university’s football team.  The team would go on to one of its best seasons in team history.  That success would play directly into the overall racial tensions at the university.  Meredith himself is interviewed for tomorrow night’s feature, along with a number of others.  The interviews culled for this feature put everything into perspective and lead Ghost of Ole Miss to really hit home. 

As with ESPN’s previous 30 for 30 features, this one will also be accompanied by a short in the 30 for 30 Shorts collection.  This time, the bonus short–presented by ESPN and grantland.com—focuses on author Alfred Slote’s book, JakeJake is a children’s book about a young African American boy with the dream of one day being a big league baseball star.  Slote himself is interviewed in the new 30 for 30 short.  A bonus article written by Bill Simmons joins the feature.  Simmons and friend Jonathan Hock worked together for the complete feature.  Audiences can check out that feature now online at http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8538119/jake

For all updates on ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, audiences can go online to espn.com/30for30, http://www.facebook.com/espn30for30, or http://twitter.com/30for30.  The final installment in this group of films in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series is titled, You Don’t Know Bo.  It will air on ESPN/ESPN HD on Saturday, December 8th at 9pm.

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ESPN Films announces new “30 for 30″ series

ESPN Films has announced the return of its hit “30 for 30″ series.  The series will return with thirty new stories this fall.  “30 for 30 Vol. II” is set to air in October.  The new series will be a little bit different from the original “30 for 30.”  It will include a new partnership with Grantland.com.  the partnership will see the debut of an all new series of digital shorts titled, “30 for 30 Shorts” that will run on Grantland.com.

Each of the digital shorts will run in a format similar to the original “30 for 30″ films.  They will be told from the point of view of the filmmaker, and will reflect how the film maker combines the feature with his/her own style of film making.  The online series will begin running on Grantland.com this September.  A preview of the series is online now, the “30 for 30″ short, “Here and Now.”  “Here and Now” is about Cincinatti Reds legend Pete Rose.  Some of the shorts scheduled to run as part of the upcoming “30 For 30 Vol. II” include:  “Benji”, “Broke”, “Bo Knows”, and “The Season of Their Lives.” 

“Benji” centers on the life and tragic death of 17-year-old basketball talent, Ben Wilson.  Wilson was called, “Magic Johnson with a jump shot.”  The Chicago youth was a top college basketball prospect, until his tragic murder in 1984.

“Broke” delves into what leads so many sports megastars to go from riches to rags.  It used interviews with New York Jets star Bart Scott and retired stars Keith Mccants, Bernie Kosar, Leon Searcy and Andre Rison to look into the psychology of stars who have lost everything.

“Bo Knows” follows the legacy of sports superstar Bo Jackson.  By following the life and legacy of this sports legend, film maker Mike Bonfiglio examines how athletes are marketed and the expectations placed onto them as a result of said marketing.

“The Season of Their Lives” follows what is one of the most amazing seasons in the history of the North Carolina State Wolfpack men’s basketball team.  Jonathan Hock documents the team’s struggle and sudden surge to the NCAA title game in the 1982-1983 season.  Hock tells the Wolfpack’s unlikely miracle season, and following tragedy, through the vantage point of then team Captain Dereck Whittenburg.  It all begins this October.

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