“Blink of an Eye” tells a NASCAR tale of triumph and tragedy

“Blink of an Eye” tells a NASCAR tale of triumph and tragedy

Source:  Los Angeles Times

What should have been the ultimate Cinderella story — Michael Waltrip’s 2001 Daytona 500 victory snapping a 462-race losing streak — proved to be tragically bittersweet when his friend and team owner Dale Earnhardt Sr. fatally crashed seconds earlier.

The events leading up to that fateful February day have been affectingly chronicled in “Blink of an Eye,” a solidly assembled documentary portrait by filmmaker Paul Taublieb.

Taking Waltrip’s New York Times’ bestselling book, “In the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona, and the Day that Changed Everything,” as inspiration, Taublieb weaves some terrific archival footage around his interview subjects, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., who had placed second on that tragic day, and track legend Richard Petty, who also played a mentoring role early in Waltrip’s career.

“Blink of an Eye” is playing now in select cities around the country.

Read the story at the Los Angeles Times.


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World Surf League Studios launches with Kelly Slater documentary, “Transformed” series

World Surf League Studios launches with Kelly Slater documentary, “Transformed” series

Source:  TheWrap

The newly-formed World Surf League (WSL) Studios unveiled its debut slate of programming last week, which includes a documentary about 11-time world surf champion Kelly Slater and the series “Transformed,” highlighting how surfing has impacted cultures around the world.

Designed to appeal to surf fans and new audiences ahead of the sport’s Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games, the slate of documentaries, docuseries, and daily short-form content will be distributed across multiple platforms.

Read the story at TheWrap.

“Maiden” is one of the best films of 2019

“Maiden” is one of the best films of 2019

Source:  Los Angeles Times

If you haven’t seen “Maiden” yet, you’re missing out on one of the year’s best films.

Edge-of-your-seat exciting and blessed with numerous unexpected and dramatically satisfying story lines, the documentary is much more compelling than even its once-in-a-lifetime story line would indicate.

The focus is 1989’s first all-women crew to compete in the grueling Whitbread Round the World yacht race, at 32,000-plus miles the longest contest on Earth — and what a saga it turns out to be, filled with grit and daring in the face of conflict, fear, and life-threatening situations.

“Maiden” is playing in select theaters around the country.

Read the story at the Los Angeles Times.

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Inside the World’s First Fully-Electric Racing Grand Prix

Inside the World’s First Fully-Electric Racing Grand Prix

Source:  VICE

While traditional Formula 1 is confined to dedicated race tracks, Formula E takes over the streets of cities across the globe.  And nstead of the noise and fumes from diesel-powered machines, Formula E race cars are powered by electricity and speed through city streets with low-level noise.

Which isn’t to say that they’re not fast.  Rapid evolutions in the technology that powers these beasts mean that Formula E race cars can now reach almost 175 miles.

Some of these innovations are starting to be used in road-ready vehicles.

With road transportion accounting for a significant percentage of global greenhouse gas emissions, could Formula E shake up the future of transportion and pave the way for greener streets?

Watch “Inside the World’s First Fully-Electric Racing Grand Prix,” above and read the story at VICE.

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Former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua walks viewers through his knockout loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. in short documentary

Former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua walks viewers through his knockout loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. in short documentary

Source:  talkSPORT

Anthony Joshua has uploaded a short documentary to his YouTube channel, reliving his first career defeat.

The former unified heavyweight champion was dethroned by Andy Ruiz Jr. in a big upset last month, but believes he can reclaim the title in an immediate rematch.

The film walks viewers through the ex-champion’s knockout loss, with him narrating over each part of the bout, providing insight into what was going through his head at the time.

Watch the short documentary above and read the story at talkSPORT.

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Jason Brown’s Independence Pirates confront a losing season in Netflix’s “Last Chance U”

Jason Brown’s Independence Pirates confront a losing season in Netflix’s “Last Chance U”

Source:  Esquire

Netflix’s “Last Chance U,” which returned for its fourth season on Friday, has always prodded at questions bigger than sports: like whether or not we can fundamentally change who we are.

If you’re not familiar with the series, “Last Chance U” follows junior college football (JUCO) teams in the middle of America, documenting players trying to play their way into a big-time Division I college program where, hopefully, they can get on an NFL team’s radar.

After spending two seasons with East Mississippi Community College, “Last Chance U” moved on to the Independence Community College Pirates for season three—a long-suffering program whose new hire, the walking PC nightmare Jason Brown, led the team to their first winning season in ten years.

In season four, we finally see what happens when the last chance promised in the series’ name runs out. In its darkest and lightest moments, “Last Chance U” has the willingness to directly ask its audience: What makes better TV?  Winning or losing?

“Last Chance U” season four is available now on Netflix.

Read the story at Esquire.

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