Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Official "8" Release

Erik Anjou made this announcement when I interviewed him at halftime during the Penn game, but now NESN has come out with a media release explaining that his great film, Eight: Ivy League Football and America, will debut this Saturday on NESN right after the Harvard-Dartmouth game, at about 4pm.


Eight: Ivy League Football and America is Scheduled for Saturday, November 1st at 4:00 PM

BOSTON – NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, will air the television premiere of Eight: Ivy League Football and America on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 4:00 PM, immediately following the network’s live coverage of the Harvard at Dartmouth football game, which begins at 12:30 PM. The 90-minute documentary explores the unique role that Ivy League schools played in developing American football and looks at the many ways that football’s development in the Ivy League mirrored American culture.

“We are happy that we can expand our coverage of New England college football to include this impressive documentary about Ivy League Football on NESN,” said Joel Feld, NESN’s executive vice president of programming and executive producer. “The Ivy League has so much history both in this region and on NESN and we believe our fans will enjoy hearing this story.”

Eight is narrated by two-time Tony Award winning actor Brian Dennehy (Columbia ’60) and features interviews with Academy Award-winning actor Tommy Lee Jones (Harvard ’69), Penn State Coach Joe Paterno (Brown ’50), ESPN anchor Chris Berman (Brown ’77), General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt (Dartmouth ’78), former Secretary of State George Shultz (Princeton ’42), College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik (Penn ‘49), four-time Pro Bowl running back Calvin Hill (Yale ’69), Chicago Bears standout lineman Dan Jiggetts (Harvard ’76), Heisman Trophy winner Dick Kazmaier (Princeton ’52), actor and Heisman Trophy runner-up Ed Marinaro (Cornell ’72), Intuit Chairman Bill Campbell (Columbia ‘62), and many others.

The film is directed by Erik Greenberg Anjou (A Cantor’s Tale: Ergo Media and the cool surface: Columbia TriStar) and produced by Mr. Anjou and Mark F. Bernstein (author of Football: The Ivy League Origins of an American Obsession: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001). It was edited by Karlyn Michelson (Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence and A Cantor’s Tale) and features an original score by Grammy-nominated guitarist Gary Lucas (Gods and Monsters).

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