This June, SONY ESPN and SONY ESPN HD bring a new bouquet of award-winning ESPN Films documentaries every Sunday

Posted by: at 6/06/2017 02:48:00 am


~The series begins on 11th June with Ceasefire Massacre, by Alex Gibney, director of Taxi to the Dark Side that won an Oscar for Best Documentary in 2007~

Bangalore/Mumbai, 6 June 2017:  ESPN, in collaboration with Sony Pictures Network, presents ESPN Films, a series of documentary films showcasing the most compelling and original sports stories. ESPN Films is a series that discovers themes beyond sports. This 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.

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.

ESPN Films schedule for the month of June:

Film
Director
Time and Date
Ceasefire Massacre                                        
Alex Gibney
12pm IST, June 11, 2017, Sunday
Nine for IX - No Limits                                 
Alison Ellwood
12pm IST, June 18, 2017, Sunday
Coach Bernie                                                 
Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern
Dominique Belongs To Us                            
Kenan Holley
12pm IST, July 2, 2017, Sunday

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.

-  DESCRIPTIONS OF ESPN DOCUMENTARY FILMS SCHEDULED FOR THE MONTH OF June 2017 -

ESPN Films Documentaries

“Ceasefire Massacre”
Directed by Alex Gibney – at 12 pm, June 11, 2017, Sunday

New Jersey, June 18th 1994. Giants Stadium is awash with green as Irish soccer fans arrive to watch Ireland’s opening World Cup match against the mighty Italy. The sense of optimism is infectious. The Celtic Tiger is in its infancy, Bill Clinton’s decision to grant a visa to Irish Republican leader Gerry Adams has propelled the peace process forward and Jack Charlton’s team are walking onto the pitch before 75,000 fervent spectators made up of Irish, Italians and Americans of Irish and Italian decent. Amongst the fans is Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds who is sitting with members of an American group who’ve been working behind-the-scenes to end the conflict in Northern Ireland. The electrifying mood is shared by the 15 Catholic men watching the match in the Heights Bar, a tiny pub in the Northern Irish Village of Loughin Island, 21 miles south of Belfast. At the half, the Irish are remarkably ahead 1-0. Shortly after the second half begins, two masked gunmen belonging to a Protestant terror group burst into the Heights Bar. Thirty rounds are fired and six innocent men watching a soccer match were killed. Ceasefire Massacre will reveal how the juxtaposition of the jubilation felt inside Giants Stadium against the horrors of what happened in the Heights Bar, encapsulated the mood of the time. After 25-years of conflict, Ireland and her people longed for peace and prosperity but the brutalities of the violence in the North were never far from the surface. The gunning down of innocent men as they watched a soccer match marked both a low-point and a turning-point in the Northern Ireland conflict; one that would ultimately lead to the paramilitaries on both sides calling ceasefires just weeks later. 

“Nine for IX - No Limits”
Directed by Alison Ellwood – at 12 pm, June 18, 2017, Sunday

As a teenager, Audrey Mestre suffered from scoliosis, but in those formative years, she discovered a passion for the ocean.  It offered her a sense of freedom, and the burdens she faced on dry land soon dissipated as she slipped below the surface.  In the final stages of her PH.D., Mestre was drawn to Cabo San Lucas where she became infatuated with free-diver Pipin Ferreras, a Cuban defector whose dives had put him at the forefront of the sport.  The two became a couple and Mestre followed the elusive, often raucous Pipin on his almost spiritual quest to push his limits underwater.  Soon enough, Mestre moved from support team member to ardent free-diver and then to a world-class competitor who outshone her husband.  In 2002, after news arrived that a rival female diver named Tanya Streeter had successfully gone to a record-breaking 525 feet, Pipin began preparations for Mestre to make a 561-foot dive off the coast of the Canary Island.  Having completed practice dives even deeper in the weeks leading up to the record attempt, Mestre was prepared.  But because of a fateful decision before the dive, Mestre never resurfaced alive.


“Coach Bernie”
Directed By Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern – 12pm, June 25, 2017, Sunday

Bernadette Locke is a pioneer in basketball.  The first woman hired as an assistant coach of a men’s college basketball team, she joined Rick Pitino’s staff at Kentucky in 1990.  Their mission was to revitalize the traditional power.   The challenge, being a young woman giving orders in a locker room full of young men.      


Dominique Belongs To Us
Directed by Kenan Holley – 12pm, July 2, 2017, Sunday    
                        
“The Human Highlight Film" is the story of Dominique Wilkins one of basketball’s most thrilling players.   In 1979 Dominique was a high school hero, two-time state champion, and the toast of his hometown Washington, NC.  But when he chose the University of Georgia over nearby NC State the adoration turned to anger.   The harassment he and his family experienced hurt the 17-year-old Dominique.  So much so that he never went back. Until now.


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