The producers of ESPN’s 30 for 30, along with award-winning director Ezra Edelman, tell the story of one of the most polarizing people in American history, O.J. Simpson. They explore how Simpson's rise and fall was centered around two of America's greatest fixations—race and celebrity.
The film deftly reveals how Orenthal James Simpson first became a football star,why America fell in love with him off the field, what happened in the trial for his ex-wife’s murder and his subsequent acquittal, and finally, why he is now sitting in jail for another crime 20 years later. His is a story that divided America like few things before or since, and it is perhaps the defining cultural tale of twentieth-century America. The film parallels his incredible story with that of race in America, astutely examining the tragic way that they intertwined.
The Festival debuts the complete seven-and-a-half-hour miniseries in two parts on the same day, with a lunch break, and followed by a conversation and Q&A with the filmmakers.
First Half begins at 11:15 AM (273 min) Second Half begins at 7:15 PM (190 min)
Ezra Edelman is an award-winning filmmaker whose work includes the Peabody Award winner Magic and Bird: A Courtship of Rivals and the Emmy Award winner Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush. In addition to directorial work, he also co-produced the documentary Cutie and The Boxer, which was nominated for an Academy Award. A native of Washington, DC, Edelman graduated from Yale University and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.