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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

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Documentary filmmakers discuss the craft, their films and sports on Friday in Bloomington

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Screenings of The U and Pony Excess

WHAT: Film screenings and discussions with two filmmakers involved with ESPN Films' 30 for 30 anniversary documentary film series, which highlights sports-related drama unfolding from 1979 to 2009.
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 18: 9:30 a.m. screening of The U by Billy Corben, Q-and-A, at Woodburn Hall 101, 1100 E. Seventh St.; 2 p.m. discussion with Corben and filmmaker Thaddeus Matula, Woodburn Hall 120; 3:30 p.m. screening of Pony Excess by Matula, and Q-and-A, Mobley Auditorium at the School of HPER, 1025 E. Seventh St.
WHERE: IU Bloomington.
ADMISSION: The events are free and open to the public.

Nov. 15, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Documentaries featured on ESPN Films' 30 for 30 series will be screened at Indiana University Bloomington on Friday, Nov. 18, during events in which filmmakers Billy Corben and Thaddeus Matula discuss the filmmaking process, the collegiate sport world and its representation in visual media, and related topics.

Corben, director of The U, and Matula, director of Pony Excess, will participate in screenings, Q-and-As and a formal discussion.

"The screenings and discussions should be of interest to anyone familiar with the collegiate sport landscape or with an interest in filmmaking, storytelling and journalism," said Galen Clavio, assistant professor at the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. "We feel very fortunate to have two young, dynamic filmmakers joining us who can speak candidly about both the creative process and their perspectives on the current state of college athletics."

The activities, free and open to the public, are provided by the Sport Management, Marketing and Communication Program in the School of HPER, the School of HPER's Department of Kinesiology, the School of Journalism, the Department of Communication and Culture in the College of Arts and Sciences, the IU Sport Marketing Alliance and the IU Sport Communication Club.

ESPN Films' 30 for 30 documentary film series was created to celebrate the sports network's 30th anniversary with films that document sports-related drama that transpired from 1979 to 2009.

More about the activities:

For additional information, contact Clavio at 812-855-3367 or

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