ESPN, espnW Kick Off Nine For IX Film Series Next Tuesday

Courtesy:  ESPN/espnW

Courtesy: ESPN/espnW

ESPN and espnW have teamed up for a new film series.  The pair will kick off the brand new Nine for IX series next Tuesday, July 2nd at 8pm EST.  Venus Vs. is the first film in the series.  Directed by Ava DuVernay, the film the achievements and work of Venus and how it has changed the course of women’s tennis.  One of the film’s highlights is the case of Williams challenging the issue of equal pay in men’s and women’s tennis at Wimbledon.  DuVernay won the “Best Director Award” at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for her second feature length film, Middle of Nowhere.

This case saw Williams lobby the British Parliament, UNESCO, and Fleet Street to level the financial playing field for women at Wimbledon.  In 2007, Roland Garros and Wimbledon finally gave in to Williams’ requests.  It was that same year that Williams went on to become the first female Wimbledon winner to earn equal pay as the men’s winner, Roger Federer.

A new film in the Nine for IX series every Tuesday throughout the Summer.  The next film slated to air is titled, Pat XO.  This film focuses on University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summit.  The official Nine for IX trailer is available online now at http://espn.go.com/espnw/video/8959146/trailer.  The complete film schedule is available below.

July 2: Venus Vs.
July 9: Pat XO
July 16: Let Them Wear Towels
July 23: No Limits
July 30: Swoopes
August 6: The Diplomat
August 13: Runner
August 20: The ‘99ers
August 27: Branded

For more information on the debut film in the Nine for IX series, fans can go online to http://www.facebook.com/espnW.    Each film will be available via iTunes and Amazon the day after its broadcast.  A special gift set containing each film will be available October 13, 2013.

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Dolly Parton song added to LOC Nat’l Recording Registry

Country legend Dolly Parton now has one more reason to be excited.  Her song, ‘Coat of Many Colors’, has been officially added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.  The LOC described her song by saying it “affectionately recounts an impoverished childhood in the hills of Tennessee that was made rich by the love of her family.”

Parton’s song is in fine company this year.  Along with her song, other artist who music was added to the registry this year include:  Prince, Donna Summer, The Grateful Dead, and Patsy Montana.  Sugarhill gang’s iconic song, ‘Rappers Delight’ and Parliament’s ‘Mothership Connection’ also made the list this year, along with “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

More information on Dolly Parton is available online at http://www.dollypartonmusic.net.  The full listing of this year’s additions to the National Recording Registry can be viewed online at http://www.loc.gov/rr/record/nrpb/registry/nrpb-masterlist.html.

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