2015 Emmy Award nomination for “Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program”
Released in May 2015, this ESPN Films 30 for 30 short film follows the San Francisco Giants during the 1984 season as they finished dead last. But neither the players nor the fans had as nightmarish a season as the team's first mascot. Wayne Doba, a classically-trained actor, dancer and mime, found himself sweating inside a foam suit resembling a hamburger with claws. Instead of cheering for the home team, the "Crazy Crab" rooted against the crowd, taunting players and fans. It was a radical experiment intended to distract from the team's lackluster performance. But as the season went south, so did the gimmick. The crab quickly became a punching bag for fans who pelted the mascot with beer bottles and batteries. 30 years later, the "Anti-Mascot" uncovers the forgotten history of a brilliant marketing scheme that spun wildly out of control.
Directed by: Colin Hanks Produced by: Sean Stuart Creative Producer: Steven Leckart Edited By: Morgan R. Stiff
Copyright ESPN Films 2015
ESPN Films: Five Thirty Eight
The Queen of Code
Released in February 2015, this ESPN Films and Five Thirty Eight short documentary revisits the early days of computing when software development was helmed by the great Grace Hopper. She was a woman who dedicated her life to bring computers to the masses when most of her colleagues supposed the technology would only be useful for scientists and the military. Through her genius, she taught software in a way that everyone could understand and communicate with computers. This explores Grace’s quirky brilliance, and shines a light on the underrepresented history of women in computer science.
Directed by: Gillian Jacobs Executive Producers: Colin Hanks & Sean Stuart Co-Executive Producer: Steven Leckart Edited By: Darrin Roberts Copyright ESPN Films 2015
In Deep Water
Released in April 2015, this ESPN Films and Five Thirty Eight short documentary tells the story of the SS Central America, which sank in 1857 off the Carolina Coast in a Category 2 hurricane, carrying thirty thousand pounds of gold. Over a century later and after many failed attempts to locate "The Ship of Gold", a team of explorers led by Tommy Thompson in 1984 implemented Bayesian Search Theory and located the wreck. Little did they know, finding the gold would prove to be the easy part.
Directed by: Steven Leckart Executive Producers: Colin Hanks & Sean Stuart Edited By: Darrin Roberts
Copyright ESPN Films 2015
UPROXX - Human Series
2015 OMMA Award Winning Series - Integratd Online Campaign "Human"
HUMAN | Cameron
Before WWII, America was considered the leader in handmade watches. Today one man is trying to keep that history alive. California native Cameron Weiss founded the Weiss Watch Company in 2013.
HUMAN | Jon
Jon Wegener’s handcrafted alaia (Ah-LIE-ah) boards pay homage to surfings early days — reaching all the way back to the sport's Polynesian roots. He’s a craftsman, open to new ideas while being reverent of the old ways. Every board he shapes is a reminder that surfing is about more than contests or chasing sponsorships… it’s about pursuing joy.
HUMAN | Taber
Taber Nash of Nash Motorcycle Company puts his passion on display in this third episode of Human. His dedication to making a quality product from scratch might feel old-school, but his mindset represents a new class of artisans who respect history while charging ever forward.
HUMAN | Jake Weidmann
There are currently twelve master penmen in the entire world. Jake Weidmann is the youngest.
HUMAN | George Vlagos
George Vlagos has carried on his father’s “American dream” through his commitment to building handcrafted shoes of the highest quality.
HUMAN | J Boogie
He doesn't just discover music; he lives music. Check out how Justin Boland (aka J Boogie) became a DJ, producer, hip-hop curator at Pandora and all around music fiend.
HUMAN | Matthew Cummings
Matthew Cummings is mixing art and science to craft your new favorite beer glasses.
UPROXX - Luminaries
21-Year Old Redefining Sustainability | Luminaries
Param Jaggi echoes Steve Jobs' philosophy that people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. Jaggi is known for building Algae Mobile, a device that converts carbon dioxide emitted from a car into oxygen.