ESPN, in collaboration with Sony Pictures Network, presents ESPN Films, a series of documentary films showcasing original sports stories. ESPN Films is a series that discovers themes beyond sports. In the month of June, ESPN and Sony Pictures Network will showcase four of its critically-acclaimed documentaries, from Oscar, Emmy and Peabody award-winning directors of ESPN Films on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD channels every Sunday, starting June 11.
From a social lens, the directors highlight athletes, events and their intersections. The topics range from political encroachment into the world of football, to the challenges faced by the first woman hired as assistant coach of an all men’s basketball team. The story of Audrey Mestre and her attempt to deep dive 561 feet in the Atlantic Ocean and the tale of Dominique Wilkins and the harassment he suffered from his own fans. Such riveting themes surrounding real life champions will captivate audiences who are looking for stories that speak of survival, grit and determination.
The screening will start off with Ceasefire Massacre, directed by Alex Gibney on June 11; followed by Nine for IX - No Limits directed by Alison Ellwood on June 18; Coach Bernie directed by Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern on June 25 and Dominique Belongs To Us directed by Kenan Holley on July 2.
ESPN Films are a series of documentaries that aim to showcase the individual journeys of legends, in collaboration with a diverse range of prolific filmmakers. Launched in March 2008, ESPN Films has been on the forefront for documentary filmmaking, producing more than 100 documentaries that have showcased some of the most compelling stories in sports.