Process, a NYC-based film and branded content production company, recently collaborated with Adidas and ESPN Films to create “Pioneers,” a series of three cinematic short documentary films. Each film highlights a professional sports figure and debuts today on ESPN.go.com with The Mark Gonzales Ride,here, directed by Marah Strauch (Sunshine Superman). Gonzo will also air on SportsCenter on Friday, December 18th in the 6-7PM EST segment. 
 
Two additional films due out later this week include (we will follow-up with links once each is live):
 
►  Wednesday, December 16th: The Fosbury Flop directed by Clubhouse (Ballplayer: PeloteroSchooled: The Price of College Sports)
 
►  Thursday, December 17th: Royal in Hollis directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor; The Nanny Diaries)
 

The creative teams set out to make the films in the spirit of ESPN Films’ acclaimed 30 for 30 series while also focusing on Adidas’ promotion of extraordinary individuals. The films were designed to be highly cinematic, with minimal to no product shots, and to each feel different and unique. It was important to Process, who developed the films’ creative approaches, that the filmmaking styles of each piece reflect the subjects and their identities. 
 
Royal in Hollis tells the story of former NBA point guard Royal Ivey from his upbringing in Queens, to being the 37th pick of the 2004 draft, to being NBA journeyman, to now being a community leader. The Fosbury Flop is a stylized, whimsical account of gold medal-winning highjumper named Dick Fosbury as he went from a track & field nobody to redefining the modern highjump. Lastly, The Mark Gonzales Ride celebrates skateboarding pioneer Mark Gonzales, his personality, his motivation, and the history that became his legend.
 
“While each of the films is distinctive, they all deal with original thinkers, all people who charted unique paths and live outside conventions and rules,” says Tim Perell, CEO of Process.
 
A 30 Minute Compilation of all three shows will air on ESPN, Sunday, December 20th, at 6pm EST and ESPN2, Saturday, December 26th, at 2pm EST. Let me know any questions you may have and we look forward to hearing from you. 
 
Screenwork Credits

Title: The Mark Gonzales Ride

Directed by Marah Strauch

Produced by Amalia Bradstreet

Executive Producer Tim Perell

Associate Producer Hannah shore

Director of Photography Vasco Nunes

Editor Eric Bruggemann

Composer Mike Sawitzke

Cast Mark Gonzales, Spike Jonze, Nestor Judkins, Natas Kaupas, Raymond Pettibon, Ed Templeton

Crew

Production Manager Ingela Travers-Hayward

1st AC Michael Swaigen

DIT Aaron Snow

Gaffer Brian McCann

Key Grips Gordon Christmas, Nelson Mestril

Sound Mixer Colin Alexander

Production Assistants Hans Kulla-Mader, Raiysa Epps

Los Angeles Crew

Production Manager John Lang

1st AC Luigi Ventura

DIT Darren Roark

Gaffer Kee Sun Kyung

Key Grip Andrew Parrote

Sound Mixer John Maynard

Production Assistants Max Hollingshead, Louis Weissman

Post Production

Sound Post Facility Fall on Your Sword

Supervising Producer George Dellinger

Sound Designer Rich Bologna

Archival Researcher Sheila Maniar

Color Correct Facility Senior Post

Executive Producer Josh Senior

Supervising Producer Melissa Balan

Colorist Alan Gordon

Video Conversion Facility Different by Design

Conversion Specialist Matt Radecki

Archival Corbis, Deluxe Distribution, Brad Dorfman, Cheryl Dunn, Dwindle Distribution, Tommy Guerrero, Kamil Krzesniak, Aaron Meza, Damon Thorley

Photo Stills Grant Brittain, Skin Phillips

Stills of Non Stop Poetry from The collection of Phil and Shelley Aarons

Original Artwork provided by Mark Gonzales and Muhammad Ali

Special Thanks Tia Romano Gonzales,  Bod Boyle, Ryan Clements, Rick Charnoski, Mörizen Föche, Keith Gray, Joseph Guillette, Kazumi Asamura Hayashi, Don Hoffman, Kevin McGuinness,  Buddy Nichols, Emma Reeves, Jim Theibaud, Dan Wolfe

ESPN

Executive Producers John Dahl, Libby Geist, Erin Leyden, Connor Schell

Producer Shaun Alperin

Production Assistants Michael Huberman, Paul Williard

Production Managers Maria Delgado, Tom Picard, Jennifer Thorpe

Additional Production Support Roger Jackson, Michael Newman, Heather Scheer, Shelley Tabor

Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Original Content Marie Donoghue

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Title: Royal in Hollis

Directed by Rober Pulcini & Shari Springer Berman

Produced by Amalia Bradstreet

Executive Producer Tim Perell

Associate Producer Hannah Shore

Edited by Josh Cramer

Director of Photography Rob Leitzell

Composer Garth Stevenson

Featuring Royal Ivey,  Jennifer Ivey, Rod Ivey

Queens Chorus

Alinne Alves De Mello, Abdoulaye Konate, Sharmin Asha, Bill Leecock, Gabriella Callazo, Travis McKoy, Kyle Callazo, Joshua Quiroz, Kunsang Choezo, Marina Simovic, Edson Contreras, Limor Suss, Alejandra Diaz, Jim Walsh, Sydney Frank, John Wang

Production Manager Ingela Travers-Hayward

1st AD George Daratny

1st AC Sharif El Neklawy

2nd AC Connor Lawson

Gaffer Zachary Kangas

Key Grip Justine Berti

Sound Mixers Jake Bloomfield-Misrach, Tim Race

Wardrobe Stylist Louise Corbet

Hair & Makeup Artist Angel Yu

Production Assistants Hans Kulla-Mader, Alex Svedlow, Kaelin Kelly-Sordelet

Casting Vitamin Enriched Films

Casting DirectoKathy Foronjy

Casting Associate Joseph Coburn

Casting Associate Mary Anne Driscoll

Post Production

On-Line Edit Facility House of Trim

Assistant Editors Susi Dollnig,  Justin Spinks

Sound Post Facility Fall on Your Sword

Supervising Producer George Dellinger

Sound Designer Rich Bologna

Animation Produced by Josh Cramer, House of Trim

Animation by Luis Aguirre, Nice Soft T-Shirt

Title Design Teddy Blanks, Chips

Archival Research Sheila Maniar

Color Correct Facility Senior Post

Executive Producer Josh Senior

Supervising Producer Melissa Balan

Colorist Alan Gordon

Footage of PSAL 1999 Basketball Championships courtesy of MSG Media. All Rights Reserved

Footage from Kwanzaa Kwest courtesy of Okera Ras

Photo of Run DMC by Ken Regan courtesy of Camera5

Jam Master Jay Mural painted by Kenya “Art1” Lawton

Special Thanks to

Rodney Copeland, Richard Levengood, Harriet Diaz, Sam Sneed, Joanne Feltman, Matt Tumbleson, Debora Jefferys, Matthew Wells, Travis Williams

For ESPN Films

Executive Producers John Dahl, Libby Geist, Erin Leyden, Connor Schell

Producer Shaun Alperin

Production Assistants Michael Huberman, Paul Williard

Production Managers Maria Delgado, Tom Picard, Jennifer Thorpe

Additional Production Support Roger Jackson, Michael Newman, Heather Scheer, Shelley Tabor

Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Original Content Marie Donoghue

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The Fosbury Flop

Directed by Clubhouse (Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin, & John Paley)

Director of Photography James Laxton

Music Sam Retzer

Editors Jacob Lamendola, Jon Paley, Ross Finkel

Featuring Brett Molster as Young Dick Fosbury with Tom Wade, Gary Lamb, Brian Redmond, Alexis Paine, Jovanna Nicole, Mary Katherine Malone, Charles Steelman, Ivy Bennett, David Serri, Shayok Chakraborty, Zach Whyel, Shane Goodwin, Kai Martin, and Dick Fosbury as Himseslf

Executive Producer Tim Perell

Producer Greg Gilreath, Adam Hendricks, John Lang

Associate Producer Hannah Shore, Amalia Bradstreet

1st AD Stuart Richardson

1st AC Stephen Taylor-Wehr

2nd AD Mariela Ferrer

Gaffer Ryan Lynch

Best Boy Electric Dereck Wilds

Key Grip Tyler Johnson-Williams

Best Boy Grip Mike Gardner

Grip Abram Martirosyan

Sound Mixer Dan Kloch

Costume Designer Romy Itzigsohn

Asst. Costume Designer Mikki Itzigsohn

Production Designer Cindy Chao, Michelle Yu

Props Brittany Ruiz

Lead Man Brian Parada

Hair and Makeup Desiree Falcon

Assistant Hair and Makeup Kathleen Price

Casting by Lauren Bass

Background Casting by Dixie Webster-Davis

Storyboard Artist Hans Wirachman

Post Production Services Senior Post

Executive Producer Senior Post, Josh Senior

Colorist Alan Gordon

Sound TJ Dumser

AP Images

Archival Material Provided by Framepool, Historic Films

For ESPN Films

Executive Producers John Dahl, Libby Geist, Erin Leyden, Connor Schell

Producer Shaun Alperin

Production Assistants Michael Huberman, Paul Williard

Production Managers Maria Delgado, Tom Picard, Jennifer Thorpe

Additional Production Support Roger Jackson, Michael Newman, Heather Scheer, Shelley Tabor

Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Original Content Marie Donoghue

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