ESPN Films’ 9.79* to Premiere October 9 on ESPN

ESPN Films’ 9.79* to Premiere October 9 on ESPN

ESPN Films’ 9.79* to Premiere October 9 on ESPN

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ESPN Films’ 9.79* to Premiere October 9 on ESPN

ESPN Films’ 9.79* to Premiere October 9 on ESPN

Latest 30 for 30 documentary examines the infamous Ben Johnson/Carl Lewis 100m final at the 1988 Seoul Games

ESPN Films’ 30 for 30, presented by Buick Verano, will premiere 9.79* on ESPN/ESPN HD on Tuesday, October 9, at 8 p.m. ET.  A selection at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, 9.79* is directed by Daniel Gordon and examines the unforgettable showdown between Ben Johnson and Carl Lewis in the men’s 100m final at the 1988 Olympic games as well as the steroids scandal that followed.  Grantland.com will debut two features related to 9.79* including a Bill Simmons’ “The B.S. Report” podcast with Malcolm Gladwell, and a first-hand account of the event by Grantland writer Charlie Pierce who attended the race in Seoul.  The trailer for 9.79* can be viewed at the newly redesigned 30 for 30 site (espn.com/30for30/).

On September 24, 1988, Johnson beat Lewis in the 100m final at the Seoul games, lowering his own world record to 9.79 seconds in what was perhaps the most thrilling sprint in Olympic history.  Within 48 hours, however, Johnson had tested positive for an anabolic steroid and was stripped of the gold medal.  In the ensuing years, it has been revealed that five other competitors in that race had either tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs or were implicated in a drug scandal.  All eight sprinters in that 100m final were interviewed for 9.79* as it explores what is often considered the most infamous race in history.
The remaining films for this slate of 30 for 30 documentaries will air as follows:
• Tuesday, Oct. 9, 8 p.m. –  9.79* (Daniel Gordon)
• Tuesday, Oct. 16, 8 p.m. – 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)

The 30 for 30 Film Favorites Collection, a new gift set including the most popular titles from ESPN Films, is now available on DVD.  30 for 30-related updates are available at www.facebook.com/espn30for30 and www.twitter.com/30for30.

About ESPN Films
Created in March 2008, ESPN Films produces high-quality films showcasing compelling sports stories. In October 2009, ESPN Films launched the Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated 30 for 30 film series.  Inspired by ESPN’s 30th Anniversary, the films that made up the series were a thoughtful and innovative reflection on the past three decades told through the lens of diverse and interesting sports fans and social commentators. Additional projects from ESPN Films include, among others, the critically acclaimed and Television Academy Honor-winning 16th Man, Cannes Film Festival official selection The Two Escobars, and the Peabody Award-winning Black Magic. More recent projects include Catching Hell, from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, and The Announcement, from filmmaker Nelson George. 30 for 30 Volume II features documentaries Broke, directed by Billy Corben, and Benji, from directors Coodie and Chike.  For more information on 30 for 30, go to espn.com/30for30/.

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