Sports Management, Marketing and Communications Program Announcement. _____ 30 for 30 special event – Friday November 18

Posted: November 15, 2011 by IUsec in Events

The Sport Management, Marketing, and Communication program, in
conjunction with the Department of Kinesiology, the School of Journalism, the
Department of Communication and Culture, the IU Sport Marketing Alliance, and
the IU Sport Communication Club, are pleased to announce a very special event
this Friday, November 18 as we will be hosting two filmmakers from ESPN’s
acclaimed “30 for 30” series.


Billy Corben, director of “The U”, and Thaddeus Matula,
director of “Pony Excess”, will be appearing on campus on Friday and
interacting with students through film screenings and discussion sessions.
These two young, dynamic filmmakers will talk about the filmmaking process, the
collegiate sport world and its representation in visual media, and other
related topics.


Friday will start with a 9:30 AM screening of “The U” in
Woodburn Hall 101, followed by a Q&A session with Mr. Corben regarding the
film. A no-holds-barred examination of the building of the University of Miami
football dynasty in the 1980’s and the cultural impact that the team had on
both the city of Miami and the college football world as a whole, “The
U” garnered much critical acclaim upon its 2009 debut, and its premiere
airing on ESPN garnered 2.3 million viewers, the most ever for a documentary on
the network.


At 2:30 PM, Corben and Matula will host a discussion on
documentary filmmaking and college sport in Woodburn Hall 120. In addition to
“The U”, Mr. Corben is also well-known for his work on the
well-received “Cocaine Cowboys” documentary series that examined the
rise of the drug culture in south Florida in the 1980s. Corben’s film,
“Raw Deal: A Question of Consent” premiered at the Sundance Film
Festival in 2001. His current film, “Limelight”, premiered at the
Tribeca Film Festival and was released in September of this year. Mr. Matula is
the maker of eight short films, which have played at film festivals around the
world and have aired nationally on PBS. The short film “The Dreamer
v.2.1*” won award as the International Festival of Cinema & Technology
in Paris, France.


At 3:30 PM in the HPER Mobley Auditorium, we will conclude the day
with a screening of “Pony Excess”, the 2010 film on the rise and fall
of the Southern Methodist University football program in the 1980s. The film is
Matula’s retrospective examination of an out-of-control college athletics
culture whose tentacles stretched through the university’s administration and
all the way to the highest levels of Texas state government, a story whose grim
message is lent added pertinence in light of the recent scandals at Penn State
University. “Pony Excess” was the last film shown in the original run
of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series.


Friday’s event promises to be of great interest to anyone
interested in the collegiate sport landscape, filmmaking, storytelling, and
journalism. Students, faculty, and the general public are invited to these free
events, and encouraged to come ready with questions and ideas for discussion.


If you have questions relating to this event, please email Dr.
Galen Clavio at


For more information about “The U”, please visit the
following link:


For more information about “Pony Excess”, please visit
the following link:





9:30 AM – Screening of “The U” in Woodburn Hall 101 and
Q&A with director Billy Corben


2:30 PM – Panel Discussion with Billy Corben and Thaddeus Matula
in Woodburn Hall 120


3:30 PM – Screening of “Pony Excess” in HPER C100
(Mobley Auditorium) and Q&A with director Thaddeus Matula


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