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Adidas & ESPN Celebrate Pioneers of Sport with New Documentary Series

double E communications, 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Process launches new series with 'The Mark Gonzalez Ride' directed by Marah Strauch

Adidas & ESPN Celebrate Pioneers of Sport with New Documentary Series

Process, a NYC-based film and branded content production company, recently collaborated with Adidas and ESPN Films to create 'Pioneers,' a series of three cinematic short documentary films. Each film highlights a professional sports figure and debuts today on ESPN.go.com with The Mark Gonzalez Ride, directed by Marah Strauch (Sunshine Superman). Gonzo will also air on SportsCenter on Friday, December 18th in the 6-7PM EST segment. 

Two additional films due out later this week include The Fosbury Flop directed by Clubhouse (Ballplayer: Pelotero; Schooled: The Price of College Sports) & Royal in Hollis directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor; The Nanny Diaries)

The creative teams set out to make the films in the spirit of ESPN Films’ acclaimed 30 for 30 series while also focusing on Adidas’ promotion of extraordinary individuals. The films were designed to be highly cinematic, with minimal to no product shots, and to each feel different and unique. It was important to Process, who developed the films’ creative approaches, that the filmmaking styles of each piece reflect the subjects and their identities. 

Royal in Hollis tells the story of former NBA point guard Royal Ivey from his upbringing in Queens, to being the 37th pick of the 2004 draft, to being NBA journeyman, to now being a community leader. The Fosbury Flop is a stylized, whimsical account of gold medal-winning highjumper named Dick Fosbury as he went from a track & field nobody to redefining the modern highjump. Lastly, The Mark Gonzalez Ride celebrates skateboarding pioneer Mark Gonzalez, his personality, his motivation, and the history that became his legend.

“While each of the films is distinctive, they all deal with original thinkers, all people who charted unique paths and live outside conventions and rules,” says Tim Perell, CEO of Process.

A 30 Minute Compilation of all three shows will air on ESPN, Sunday, December 20th, at 6pm EST and ESPN2, Saturday, December 26th, at 2pm EST. 

Click here to view The Mark Gonzalez Ride on the ESPN website.




Full Credits

The Mark Gonzalez Ride 

Directed by Marah Strauch

Produced by Amalia Bradstreet

Executive Producer Tim Perell

Associate Producer Hannah shore

Director of Photography Vasco Nunes

Editor Eric Bruggemann

Composer Mike Sawitzke

 

Cast - Mark Gonzales

Spike Jonze

Nestor Judkins

Natas Kaupas

Raymond Pettibon

Ed Templeton

 

Crew

Production Manager: Ingela Travers-Hayward

1st AC: Michael Swaigen

DIT: Aaron Snow

Gaffer: Brian McCann

Key Grips: Gordon Christmas, Nelson Mestril

Sound Mixer: Colin Alexander

Production Assistants: Hans Kulla-Mader, Raiysa Epps

 

Los Angeles Crew

Production Manager: John Lang

1st AC: Luigi Ventura

DIT: Darren Roark

Gaffer: Kee Sun Kyung

Key Grip: Andrew Parrote

Sound Mixer: John Maynard

Production Assistants: Max Hollingshead, Louis Weissman


Post Production

Sound Post Facility: Fall on Your Sword

Supervising Producer: George Dellinger

Sound Designer: Rich Bologna

Archival Researcher: Sheila Maniar

Colour Correct Facility: Senior Post

Executive Producer: Josh Senior

Supervising Producer: Melissa Balan

Colourist: Alan Gordon

Video Conversion Facility: Different by Design

Conversion Specialist: Matt Radecki

 

Archival - Corbis

Deluxe Distribution

Brad Dorfman

Cheryl Dunn

Dwindle Distribution

Tommy Guerrero

Kamil Krzesniak

Aaron Meza

Damon Thorley

Photo Stills: Grant Brittain, Skin Phillips

Stills of Non Stop Poetry from The collection of Phil and Shelley Aarons

Original Artwork provided by Mark Gonzales and Muhammad Ali

 

Special Thanks Tia Romano Gonzales

Bod Boyle

Ryan Clements

Rick Charnoski

Mörizen Föche

Keith Gray

Joseph Guillette

Kazumi Asamura Hayashi

Don Hoffman

Kevin McGuinness

Buddy Nichols

Emma Reeves

Jim Theibaud

Dan Wolfe

 

ESPN

Executive Producers: John Dahl, Libby Geist, Erin Leyden, Connor Schell

Producer: Shaun Alperin

Production Assistants: Michael Huberman, Paul Williard

Production Managers: Maria Delgado, Tom Picard, Jennifer Thorpe

Additional Production Support: Roger Jackson, Michael Newman, Heather Scheer, Shelley Tabor

Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Original Content Marie Donoghue

 

Royal in Hollis 

Directed by Rober Pulcini & Shari Springer Berman

Produced by Amalia Bradstreet

Executive Producer Tim Perell

Associate Producer Hannah Shore

Edited by Josh Cramer

Director of Photography Rob Leitzell

Composer Garth Stevenson

Featuring Royal Ivey, Jennifer Ivey, Rod Ivey

 

Queens Chorus

Alinne Alves De Mello

Abdoulaye Konate

Sharmin Asha

Bill Leecock

Gabriella Callazo

Travis McKoy

Kyle Callazo

Joshua Quiroz

Kunsang Choezo

Marina Simovic

Edson Contreras

Limor Suss

Alejandra Diaz

Jim Walsh

Sydney Frank

John Wang

 

Production Manager: Ingela Travers-Hayward

1st AD: George Daratny

1st AC: Sharif El Neklawy

2nd AC: Connor Lawson

Gaffer Zachary Kangas

Key Grip Justine Berti

Sound Mixers: Jake Bloomfield-Misrach, Tim Race

Wardrobe Stylist: Louise Corbet

Hair & Makeup Artist: Angel Yu

Production Assistants Hans Kulla-Mader, Alex Svedlow, Kaelin Kelly-Sordelet


Casting: Vitamin Enriched Films

Casting Director: Kathy Foronjy

Casting Associate: Joseph Coburn

Casting Associate: Mary Anne Driscoll

 

Post Production

On-Line Edit Facility House of Trim

Assistant Editors: Susi Dollnig, Justin Spinks

Sound Post Facility: Fall on Your Sword

Supervising Producer: George Dellinger

Sound Designer: Rich Bologna

Animation Produced by Josh Cramer, House of Trim

Animation by Luis Aguirre, Nice Soft T-Shirt

Title Design: Teddy Blanks @ Chips

Archival Research: Sheila Maniar

Colour Correct Facility: Senior Post

Executive Producer: Josh Senior

Supervising Producer: Melissa Balan

Colourist: Alan Gordon

Footage of PSAL 1999 Basketball Championships courtesy of MSG Media. All Rights Reserved

Footage from Kwanzaa Kwest courtesy of Okera Ras

Photo of Run DMC by Ken Regan courtesy of Camera5

Jam Master Jay Mural painted by Kenya “Art1” Lawton

 

Special Thanks to

Rodney Copeland

Richard Levengood

Harriet Diaz

Sam Sneed

Joanne Feltman

Matt Tumbleson

Debora Jefferys

Matthew Wells

Travis Williams

 

For ESPN Films

Executive Producers: John Dahl, Libby Geist, Erin Leyden, Connor Schell

Producer: Shaun Alperin

Production Assistants: Michael Huberman, Paul Williard

Production Managers: Maria Delgado, Tom Picard, Jennifer Thorpe

Additional Production Support: Roger Jackson, Michael Newman, Heather Scheer, Shelly Tabor

Executive V.P., Global Strategy & Original Content: Marie Donoghue


The Fosbury Flop 

Directed by Clubhouse (Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin, & John Paley)

Director of Photography James Laxton

Music Sam Retzer

Editors Jacob Lamendola, Jon Paley, Ross Finkel

Featuring Brett Molster as Young Dick Fosbury

With Tom Wade, Gary Lamb, Brian Redmond, Alexis Paine, Jovanna Nicole, Mary Katherine Malone, Charles Steelman, Ivy Bennett, David Serri, Shayok Chakraborty, Zach Whyel, Shane Goodwin, Kai Martin, and Dick Fosbury as Himseslf

Executive Producer: Tim Perell

Producer: Greg Gilreath, Adam Hendricks, John Lang

Associate Producer: Hannah Shore, Amalia Bradstreet

1st AD: Stuart Richardson

1st AC: Stephen Taylor-Wehr

2nd AD: Mariela Ferrer

Gaffer: Ryan Lynch

Best Boy Electric: Dereck Wilds

Key Grip: Tyler Johnson-Williams

Best Boy: Grip Mike Gardner

Grip: Abram Martirosyan

Sound Mixer: Dan Kloch

Costume Designer: Romy Itzigsohn

Asst. Costume Designer: Mikki Itzigsohn

Production Designer: Cindy Chao, Michelle Yu

Props: Brittany Ruiz

Lead Man: Brian Parada

Hair and Makeup: Desiree Falcon

Assistant Hair and Makeup: Kathleen Price

Casting by Lauren Bass

Background Casting by Dixie Webster-Davis

Storyboard Artist: Hans Wirachman

Post Production Services: Senior Post

Executive Producer Senior Post: Josh Senior

Colourist: Alan Gordon

Sound: TJ Dumser


AP Images

Archival Material Provided by Framepool, Historic Films

For ESPN Films

Executive Producers: John Dahl, Libby Geist, Erin Leyden, Connor Schell

Producer: Shaun Alperin

Production Assistants: Michael Huberman, Paul Williard

Production Managers: Maria Delgado, Tom Picard, Jennifer Thorpe

Additional Production Support: Roger Jackson, Michael Newman, Heather Scheer, Shelley Tabor

Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Original Content: Marie Donoghue