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August 24, 2012

Super Fandom Never Dies in Errol Morris' ESPN Documentary 'Team Spirit'

Widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and the man responsible for Werner Herzog eating his own shoe, for years Error Morris has provided audiences with a face on look into lives and situations we'd otherwise remain ignorant of. Whether it's the miscarriage of justice in The Thin Blue Line, Robert S. McNamara's frank observations on modern warfare in The Fog of War or the bizarre he said, she said played out in the press of Tabloid, Morris' work is steeped in the multifaceted diversity of human life. In his recent short documentary Team Spirit for ESPN's It's Not Crazy, It's Sport series, Morris reveals the ways in which super sports fans and their families take team loyalty beyond the grave.

People say when you’re a fan, you’re a fan for life. But that may be a little shortsighted.

ESPN has long found inventive ways to market themselves and it's good to see the company reach out to a filmmaker of Morris' calibre and have him apply his talent to short form work. This of course isn't the first time he's done so. Last year Morris worked with the New York Times to put out a short documentary interview with Josiah 'Tink' Thompson, laying to rest The Umbrella Man JFK conspiracy which is also worth a watch if you haven't seen it.

Are there other films from major directors who've dipped back in to short form work you've liked?

Link: Errol Morris

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I thought Les Blank was the man responsible for Werner Herzog eating his own shoe.

August 24, 2012

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drutter

Consulted the google and see I stand corrected! Please to excuse.

August 24, 2012

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drutter

SPIKE JONZE - HOW THEY GET THERE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2hTt2FxIYw

August 24, 2012

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I'd totally forgotten about this film, thanks for the share.

August 28, 2012

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MarBelle
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The ending is very subtle and clever.

August 30, 2012

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Ray Mackaway