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30 For 30

ESPN Films' 30 For 30 is an unprecedented documentary series featuring today's finest storytellers from inside and outside of the sports world. What started as a celebration of ESPN's 30th anniversary has come to life as an eclectic and fascinating collection of passionate films about sports and culture. Individually, each of the films in this series is meant to tell an intimate, compelling story that stands on its own and brings to life the filmmaker's vision. Collectively, however, these creatively different films weave together a diverse tapestry of what sports has meant to culture. Ultimately, 30 For 30 strives to sit the viewer down and tell a story, employing many sources but giving a distinctive point of view, marshaling words and images to serve that particular perspective. In a sports universe of competing voices, these films offer a single, compelling one. – written by ESPN Films

I enjoy this docu-series because each episode is compelling. Even if you are not interested in the sport or athlete in the episode, it somehow manages to hook you in within the first five minutes. Topics range from specific people, like George Steinbrenner owner of the New York Yankees, to teams, like University of Miami football team, to themes. Each episode gives you a complete look into that topic in an hour to two. These are fantastic to watch when you are looking for something short because each episode is independent of one another. 

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Famous Nathan

A Coney Island-inspired, densely-layered visually dynamic documentary portrait of the life and times of the original Nathan's Famous, created in 1916 by filmmaker Lloyd Handwerker's grandparents, Nathan and Ida Handwerker. 30 years in the making, Famous Nathan interweaves decades-spanning archival footage, family photos and home movies, an eclectic soundtrack and never-before-heard audio from Nathan: his only interview, ever as well as compelling, intimate and hilarious interviews with the dedicated band of workers, not at all shy at offering opinions, memories and the occasional tall tale. – written by the producers

Having lived in the Chicago area most of my life, I have a deep love for the Chicago style hotdog. But the one dog that might be able to compete is Nathan’s Famous out of New York. My first introduction to Nathan’s Famous was with the annual Fourth of July hotdog eating contest at Coney Island. When I learned there was a documentary about the history of Nathan’s Famous, I knew I had to watch it. And I was not disappointed. Famous Nathan is a history of the international hotdog stand and how it all started. The creator of the documentary is the grandson of Nathan himself, giving a unique perspective.

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Allison is an Adult Services Librarian with the New Berlin Public Library... Read More »

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