BROKE Kicks Off ESPN Films' 30 FOR 30: VOL. II, 10/2
ESPN Films, creators of the Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning 30 for 30 film series, has announced the schedule for the new slate of films in its 30 for 30 series, presented by Buick Verano. The series kicks off with Broke on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. on ESPN/ESPNHD and will air on consecutive Tuesday nights in October, concluding the 2012 run with one film airing in December after the Heisman Trophy Presentation. The 30 for 30 documentaries airing this fall are: Broke, 9.79*, There's No Place Like Home, Benji, Ghosts of Ole Miss, and You Don't Know Bo.
The fall slate will air as follows:
· Tuesday, Oct. 2, 8 p.m. - Broke (Billy Corben)
· Tuesday, Oct. 9, 8 p.m. - 9.79* (Daniel Gordon)
· Tuesday, Oct. 16, 8 pm. - There's No Place Like Home (Maura Mandt and Josh Swade)
· Tuesday, Oct. 23, 8 p.m. - Benji (Coodie and Chike)
· Tuesday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m. - Ghosts of Ole Miss (Fritz Mitchell)
· Saturday, Dec. 8, 9 p.m. - You Don't Know Bo (Michael Bonfiglio)
"When we launched ESPN Films' 30 for 30 series in 2009, it quickly became synonymous with long-form, quality sports storytelling and gave us the opportunity to showcase compelling stories through the eyes of incredibly talented filmmakers," said Connor Schell, vice president of ESPN Films. "Our intention with the upcoming slate of films is to feature stories that reflect the powerful impact that sports can make across the cultural landscape and get to the core of why sports matter. We will continue to tell these stories in innovative ways."
Broke (Billy Corben)
Broke explores the roads to fortune in American sports and eventually, the many detours to bankruptcy. Bernie Kosar, Andre Rison and Cliff Floyd are among the athletes who talk openly about the challenges of managing their money in an era when big contracts don't necessarily support bigger lifestyles. Sucked into bad investments, stalked by freeloaders and saddled with medical problems, many pro athletes get shocked by harsh economic realities after years of living the high life. A story of the dark side of success, Broke is an allegory for the financial woes haunting economies and individuals all over the world.
9.79* (Daniel Gordon) 2012 Toronto International Film Festival Selection
The 100-meter men's final at the 1988 Seoul Games was the fastest and perhaps most thrilling sprint in Olympic history. But within 48 hours, gold medalist Ben Johnson had tested positive for anabolic steroids, and scandal reigned. This one race still haunts the eight men who took part. But what brought them to the starting line? And what happened to them since?