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30 for 30 Special Event: Fri. November 18

via Dr. Galen Clavio:

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 sports 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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