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SXSW 2018: Recap of Chasing OJ: The Race for the Next Epic Sports Film

On Friday, March 9, a group of panelists came together to discuss the work that went into “O.J.: Made in America” for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series. The session, titled Chasing OJ: The Race for the Next Epic Sports Film, featured long-time sports journalist Armen Keteyian of “60 Minutes,” Erin Leyden of ESPN Films, Thaddeus Matula of Double Life Films and was hosted by Chip Rives of Texas Crew Productions.

In addition to talking about the thought and inspiration that went into “O.J.: Made in America,” the group spoke of what it takes to have a winning pitch and vision in the world of sports documentaries. While none of them are necessarily looking for the “next epic sports film” per se, or even know what format it may take, they all agree that stories have to have roots and branch out from there; the filmmaker has to have a specific vision to make that all come together as well. Audiences respond to great storytelling, not just great stories, and that’s at least part of what led to “Icarus” being this year’s Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards.

We attended the session and live-tweeted some of the things said by Keteyian, Leyden, Matula and Rives, some more of which you can read below.

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