Center for Sports Communication Launches Sports

Documentary Filmmaker Series

Series launches Monday, December 7, with screening of the film “Doped: The Dirty Side of Sports”

POUGHKEEPSIE (Dec. 4, 2015) – The Marist College Center for Sports Communication is launching a Sports Documentary Filmmaker Series, bringing sports documentarians to campus to screen and discuss their films. Following each screening, filmmakers will hold a Q&A period with the audience, discussing both the process and content of their respective films. The screenings will be free and open to the publicDoped documentary poster

The series begins Monday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Screening Room in the lower level of Lowell Thomas Communication Center with the screening of the film Doped: The Dirty Side of Sports. This film takes a critical look at the history of anti-doping policies and testing in professional sports. Andrew Muscato (below), who produced and directed the film, will answer questions from the audience after Monday’s screening.

The documentary, which premiered recently on EPIX, features interviews from former athletes, top sports administrators, and sports journalists. These include ESPN’s T.J. Quinn, former BALCO CEO Victor Conte, and Executive Director of the NFL Players Association DeMaurice Smith, among many others. Bobby Valentine is an executive producer, while actor Nick Kroll narrates the film. 

According to Marist College Center for Sports Communication director Keith Strudler, creating this series builds on society’s growing interest in long-form sports narratives.

"Ten years ago, you’d find a limited audience for this genre," Strudler said. "But with the growth of sports documentaries on major media platforms, from ESPN to EPIX to Netflix, the public has truly grown to appreciate this fascinating and important means of digging deeper into sport – a social construct tailor made for the documentary."

Andrew MuscatoThis film series comes in conjunction with the Center for Sports Communication’s newly announced Distinguished Pro in Sports Communication adjunct series, which launches this spring with Jon Frankel of HBO’s Real Sports teaching a special topics course titled "Producing the Sports Documentary."

Future films in the series will be announced in the upcoming weeks and throughout the spring semester. In February, the series will screen the film The Legend of Swee’ Pee, a documentary by filmmaker Benjamin May about the life of NYC basketball legend Lloyd "Swee’ Pee" Daniels. The date and time will be released soon.

For more information about this the Sports Documentary Filmmaker Series or other projects at the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, visit the center’s website or email center director Keith Strudler.