via press release:
Short film “Coach” premieres today on espnW.com, kicking off Nine for IX documentary series
Digital short executive produced by Whoopi Goldberg focuses on NCAA coach C. Vivian Stringer
ESPN Films and espnW’s Nine for IX documentary series kicks off today with a digital short, Coach, directed by Bess Kargman and executive produced by Whoopi Goldberg. Coach highlights one of the most prolific coaches in the history of college basketball, C. Vivian Stringer. The digital short film won in the category of “Best Documentary Short” at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and can be viewed on espnW.com: http://bit.ly/CoachShort
Coach Stringer was the first to lead three different schools to the NCAA Final Four, has over 900 wins and received the highest honor of all in 2009 – a place alongside Michael Jordan, John Stockton, Jerry Sloan and David Robinson as an inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Stringer became well known to the non-sports world in 2007 when the words “nappy headed hoes” were used to describe the group of young women she led, in spite of tremendous odds, to the National Championship game that year. Perhaps because Stringer is also a mother whose career successes have been intertwined with personal tragedy, her response to the 2007 incident showed she wasn’t just a great coach, but the perfect example of grace under fire.
“As I’ve become more focused on making films, I look for stories that I think tell important cultural stories,” said executive producer Whoopi Goldberg. “That was why I recently made the film about Moms Mabley and why I wanted to tell the story of Coach Vivian Stringer. She’s persevered despite incredibly tough circumstances and her accomplishments serve as an inspiration to many so shining a light on her story is something I really wanted to do.”
The Nine for IX series on ESPN will air Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET as follows:
July 2: Venus VS
July 9: Pat XO
July 16: Let Them Wear Towels
July 23: No Limits
July 30: Swoopes
August 6: The Diplomat
August 13: Runner
August 20: The ‘99ers
August 27: Branded
Follow the Nine for IX series on twitter at @30for30 and @espnW. Fans can use hashtags #Coach and #NineforIX.
About Nine for IX
ESPN Films and espnW present Nine for IX, executive produced by Robin Roberts and Jane Rosenthal, featuring nine documentary films about women in sports directed by Oscar-nominated, Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning female filmmakers. Inspired by the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the series will air over nine consecutive Tuesdays on ESPN at 8 PM ET beginning July 2, 2013. Stories include Venus Williams fight for equal pay at Wimbledon, the largely unknown history of Katarina Witt and her link with East Germany’s secret police, an intimate look at Pat Summitt—college sports’ most successful coach ever, and the business of sex in the marketing of female athletes. For more information and summaries visit: Nine for IX Media Kit