Jan. 31, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. -
ESPN Films has announced that the next entry in its Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning 30 for 30 film series will be Survive and Advance. The film, which will debut on March 17, takes a poignant look at Jim Valvano and the Wolfpack's remarkable `83 National Championship season.
Directed by Jonathan Hock (Unguarded, The Best That Never Was), Survive and Advance chronicles the events of that Cinderella season through the eyes of senior captain Dereck Whittenburg and explores what at times has been a tragic and heartbreaking aftermath in the 30 years since.
"When we select film topics for 30 for 30, we are always looking for stand-out moments that really captured the hearts and minds of sports fans across the country," said Connor Schell, vice president of ESPN Films. "Though it is a coincidence that these two films happen to be about events from 30 years ago, the stories behind both Jimmy V's magical championship season and the landmark '83 NFL draft changed the history of those particular sports and we believe these films will show our audience a side of these events that they didn't know."
Stay tuned to GoPack.com for more details and information about a special Survive and Advance screening.
About ESPN Films
Created in March 2008, ESPN Films produces high-quality films showcasing some of the most compelling stories in sports. In October 2009, ESPN Films launched the Peabody Award-winning, Producer's Guild 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. The strong reaction from both critics and fans led to the launch of 30 for 30 Volume II, which is currently underway. Additional projects from ESPN Films include, among others, the critically acclaimed and Television Academy Honor-winning The 16th Man, Cannes Film Festival official selection The Two Escobars, and the Peabody Award-winning Black Magic. Broke, from filmmaker Billy Corben, and You Don't Know Bo, from director Michael Bonfiglio, were featured in the last slate of ESPN Films.