Sports nuts, documentary nuts and sports documentary nuts rejoice: ESPN’s film series, 30 For 30, which delves into compelling stories from the sporting world guest-directed by a wide range of filmmakers, will return for a second season.
The first installment of the series premiered in 2009 with King’s Ransom, a documentary on the arrival of Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings, directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights). Other filmmakers involved included Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters), Ice Cube, John Singleton (Boyz-N-The-Hood) and Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens). Ron Shelton, who helmed iconic sports films like Bull Durham, White Men Can’t Jump and, erm, Tin Cup, gave viewers Jordan Rides The Bus, a look at Michael Jordan’s minor league baseball career, certainly the most hard-hitting film to touch on it since Space Jam.
One notable entry from Season Two, which will begin this fall, is 2012 Tribeca Film Festival selection Benji, in which music video directors Coodle and Chike tell the story of Ben Wilson, about a wildly talented high school basketball player from Chicago who was murdered in his final year of high school. Another entry, Broke, had its work-in-progress premiere at Tribeca, shares the experiences of professional athletes who go broke in retirement. Other selections include
Watch the Season 2 trailer:
In addition to the full-length films, the team behind 30 For 30 will be posting beginning with "Here Now," their first documentary short for season 2, today over at Grantland. In it, baseball icon Pete Rose takes us into his new life in Las Vegas, where he signs memorabilia and chats up fans at Caesar’s Palace. The short was directed by Eric Drath, best known for his 2011 documentary Renée, about transgender tennis icon Dr. Renée Richards.