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[04/10/19 - 10:15 AM]
30 for 30 "The Dominican Dream" to Premiere April 30 on ESPN
Said date will mark the first time "30 for 30" debuted the English and Spanish-language versions of a film simultaneously on both networks.

[via press release from ESPN]

30 for 30 "The Dominican Dream" to Premiere April 30 on ESPN

Documentary Chronicles the Highs and Lows of St. John's Star and Professional Basketball Player Felipe Lopez's Career

On Tuesday, April 30, ESPN will debut the next installment in the Peabody and Emmy award-winning 30 for 30 series with "The Dominican Dream." Featuring the incredible journey of retired professional basketball player Felipe Lopez, "The Dominican Dream" will premiere at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, marking the first time 30 for 30 debuted the English and Spanish-language versions of a film simultaneously on both networks.

Directed by 30 for 30 veteran Jonathan Hock ("Survive and Advance," "One and Not Done," "Of Miracles and Men"), produced by Phil Aromando and Alex Evans, and presented by Reese's, "The Dominican Dream" is a portrait of Dominican immigrants of New York in the '80s and '90s, seen through a loving family whose youngest son, Felipe Lopez, became the top ranked high school basketball player in the nation and was touted as the next Michael Jordan. He would rise unimaginably high, then crash and burn, only to rise again. Embraced as an immigrant hero, then cast aside as an American failure, Lopez would eventually find happiness not as a basketball player, but as the man he was always meant to be.

"What drew me to the story of Felipe Lopez and his family is that it's a success story disguised as a story of failure and disappointment, said director Jonathan Hock. "It's a classic American immigrant tale that shows that - even if you're hailed as 'The Dominican Michael Jordan' and pictured like a superhero on the cover of Sports Illustrated - true success in life is something much greater than being the best at playing a game."

The film, which will screen at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April, features interviews with Dominican former baseball player Alex Rodriguez, former basketball players Chauncey Billups, Chris Mullin, famed sports marketing executive Sonny Vaccaro and more.

"Jon Hock has an unbelievable knack for finding stories we all think we remember, but hardly appreciated until he unearthed the full stories of their humanity and vulnerability," said ESPN Films vice president and executive producer Libby Geist. "Felipe's story of success on the court is a great one, but his impact on the Dominican community and what he still represents to so many is something I didn't grasp until seeing the film. We can't wait to share this story with our audience."

About ESPN Films

ESPN Films has been an industry leader in documentary filmmaking since its inception in March 2008, producing more than 100 documentaries that have showcased some of the most compelling stories in sports. The high quality of storytelling, highlighted by the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning 30 for 30 series and the Academy-Award winning documentary "O.J.: Made in America," has led to record viewership as well as multiple honors and critical acclaim. Additional projects from ESPN Films over the years have included 30 for 30 Shorts, Nine for IX and the SEC Storied series.





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[04/19/19 - 10:07 AM]
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[04/19/19 - 09:23 AM]
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[04/19/19 - 09:00 AM]
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[04/19/19 - 08:12 AM]
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[04/19/19 - 08:01 AM]
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[04/18/19 - 09:00 PM]
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[04/18/19 - 05:07 PM]
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[04/18/19 - 04:45 PM]
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[04/18/19 - 12:15 PM]
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[04/18/19 - 11:57 AM]
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[04/18/19 - 11:00 AM]
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[04/18/19 - 11:00 AM]
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[04/18/19 - 10:44 AM]
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[04/18/19 - 10:02 AM]
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