via press release:
ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 Series Continues with Free Spirits October 8 on ESPN
ESPN Films’ Peabody award-winning 30 for 30 film series will continue with Free Spirits on Tuesday, October 8, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. The film, directed by Daniel Forer, chronicles the short-lived but entertaining St. Louis Free Spirits basketball team of the ABA.
When the American Basketball Association disbanded in 1976, four ABA franchises joined the NBA – the Nets, Nuggets, Pacers and Spurs. But one of the odd teams out found a different way to secure its future. Free Spirits tells the colorful story of the Spirits of St. Louis – an entertaining and at times controversial team featuring stars like Marvin “Bad News” Barnes and James “Fly” Williams with an upstart sportscaster named Bob Costas calling the play-by-play. The Spirits managed to pull off a stunning playoff upset of the defending champions in their first season, and then, on their way to franchise extinction, co-owners Daniel and Ozzie Silna managed to negotiate a contract that has allowed the team to continue to exist in the most unusual fashion.
Remaining films in the fall slate will air as follows:
- Tuesday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m. – Free Spirits (Director: Daniel H. Forer)
- Tuesday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m. – No Más (Director: Eric Drath)
- Tuesday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m. – Big Shot (Director: Kevin Connolly)
- Tuesday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. – This is What They Want (Directors: Brian Koppelman and David Levien)
- Tuesday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m. – Bernie and Ernie (Director: Jason Hehir)
Each 30 for 30 film will be available on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video the day after its broadcast premiere. A six-disc collectible DVD Gift Set, featuring the first fifteen films from 30 for 30 Volume II, will be available at major retailers in-store and online on November 26, 2013.
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 the critically acclaimed Nine for IX series, SEC Storied and the webby award winning 30 for 30 Shorts.