ADDITIONAL NOTES: completed airing its second season on 7/30/15; has yet to be renewed for a third season
DESCRIPTION: (from ESPN's press release, July 2015) A new installment in ESPN Films' critically-acclaimed 30 for 30 documentary series, "Angry Sky," will premiere on Thursday, July 30, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Jackass director Jeff Tremaine chronicles the story of Nick Piantanida, a truck driver and exotic pet dealer from New Jersey who dedicated his life to setting an extreme parachuting record. In 1965, with no formal training, no college degree, and barely enough money to support his wife and three young children, Piantanida set out to take a high-altitude balloon to the edge of space and jump out. If he succeeded, he'd set a world record in a free fall back to earth for nearly 17 minutes. At the height of the space race, Piantanida would launch the first civilian space program. His young wife, Janice, would stand by him as he risked his life and their livelihood to achieve a dream that had become an obsession. A force of nature, Piantanida's willpower, charisma and delusions of grandeur would get him into space and make him a true American hero, but lead him to a tragic end.