30 for 30

Actor and Islanders fan Kevin Connolly has been working on a documentary for ESPN on John Spano, the fraud who bought the Islanders in the mid-90s. The film was first announced back in August and is ready to premiere on April 19th at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival in New York City, according to the Hollywood Reporter:

[sny-box]The lineup includes the world premiere of Big Shot, directed by Kevin Connolly, will serve as the gala premiere April 19. Connolly is returning to Tribeca having debuted his feature, Gardener of Eden, in 2007.

Added Connelly: "I've always thought the expression ?passion project? was kind of a cliche until I started working on Big Shot for ESPN. Working side by side and spending time with guys that I literally grew up idolizing has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The whole experience, including having the film premiere in New York at the festival, has been a dream come true.?[/sny-box]

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In 2009, ESPN debuted its 30 for 30 sports documentary series which on the whole was an entertaining bit of television. Following that, ESPN plans to release more documentaries in the same style over the coming year(s?).

As we discussed a few months ago, Legendary Fraud John Spano is going to be a subject for one of the films. We got an email note from ESPN asking for fan submissions, which is passed on below. From the looks of it, it seems like the film may expand a bit and focus more on the Islanders as a whole as they're looking for historical footage, not just from the Spano era. Or maybe they just need some B roll.

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