Additional Upcoming Films Also Announced in 30 for 30 Shorts Series
ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 Shorts series kicks off today with Arnold’s Blueprint, a 12-minute film focusing on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s teenage years in the Austrian Army. Directed by Michael and Jeff Zimbalist (The Two Escobars), this digital short depicts a never-before-told story about Schwarzenegger in the 1960s as he seized upon an opportunity to use the sport of bodybuilding to catapult himself to international stardom. The short documentary shows how the young Austrian farm boy’s mandatory military service—including a point where he snuck away from his military base to take part in a body-building competition—played a critical role in starting his bodybuilding career and shaping his world view. Watch Arnold’s Blueprint here.
The 30-part digital short film series is a collaboration with Grantland.com and will be similar to the feature-length films in that each piece will represent a specific point of view of the filmmaker and will be a reflection of how they blend the narrative with their own visual style. The 30 for 30 Shorts will premiere monthly on Grantland.com and each short will be complemented by a written feature and additional material to provide context.
As a complement to Arnold’s Blueprint, Grantland.com is running an article by Brian Phillips that focuses on George Reeves—Arnold’s bodybuilder-turned-movie star predecessor. On Tuesday, October 2, Bill Simmons interviews Schwarzenegger on The B.S. Report Podcast.
Additional 30 for 30 Shorts film topics will include:
Director: Rory Karpf
Summary: In Manchester, Tennessee a secret meeting will take place. But this is no ordinary gathering; instead, a monumental decision will be made. Forty years after the USA men’s Olympic basketball team declined their Silver medals after controversially losing the Gold to the Russians, the 12 players from that team will gather together, and like the jury in 12 Angry Men, they will come to a unanimous decision – accept or refuse the medals for a game many of the players believe they never lost.
The Arnold Palmer
Director: Barry Gordon
Summary: An exploration into the history, mystery and industry surrounding “The Arnold Palmer,” the lemonade-and-iced tea beverage that has become a piece of Americana.
Holy Grail: The T206 Honus Wagner
Directors: Nick and Colin Barnicle
Summary: The T206 ‘Gretzky’ Honus Wagner is the most famous baseball card in the world. Owned by the Great One himself, bought and sold many times over, it has now appreciated to a value of nearly $3 million. But, this gem may have been doctored. From mere speculation, the accusations of alteration have risen all the way to federal indictments. No longer just a baseball card, Honus Wagner’s rook card is a small square in the tapestry of our national pastime. And, as the art world readily illustrates, it may be that no matter what was done or not done to ‘The Card’, its value really does lie in the eye of the beholder.
Tommy and Frank
Director: Richie Keen
Summary: An intimate, funny and compelling take on the unique relationship and shared legacy of Tommy John, the chatty Indiana lefty who won nearly 300 Major League games, and Dr. Frank Jobe, the unassuming L.A. Orthopedist who conceived and performed a revolutionary elbow operation on John in 1974.
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. On October 2, 30 for 30 will return for Volume II premiering Broke from director Billy Corben. More information can be found at ESPN.COM/30for30 or the online press kit.