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Patrick Creadon (Wordplay, I.O.U.S.A) was a student at Notre Dame in 1988 when the Fighting Irish met a fellow undefeated team, the University of Miami Hurricanes, for a game that went down in college-football history. In this ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, he focuses on an unlicensed t-shirt bearing a slogan that came to define was what at stake: “Catholics vs. Convicts.”
Many viewed the two schools through the lens of a divided 1980s America. Notre Dame represented Ronald Reagan’s idealized, clean-cut society; Miami, brash counterculture. The contest was already shaping up to be one for the record books because it featured two storied programs headed by rival coaches (Lou Holtz and Jimmy Johnson); coming down to the final play, controversial calls made on the field only inflamed the tensions voiced by the sensational t-shirt. Brent Musburger and other famous faces make appearances to discuss a matchup that—like the one in The Play, also screening at DFF39—collegiate sports fans will never forget.
Director Patrick Creadon in person
At the 1976 Montreal Olympics, 14-year-old Nadia Comaneci made history by scoring the first perfect 10 on the uneven bars. Upon returning to Communist Romania, she faced tremendous pressure to help keep her country on the map. In this documentary, the legendary gymnast tells her side of the story.
On November 20, 1982, during a Cal Berkeley–Stanford game, the greatest play in the history of American football—dubbed “The Play”—went down in front of 80,000 stunned fans. Even today, the details of that hilarious and epic moment are hotly debated; this is the story behind it.
Sam Schmidt always wanted to go bigger and faster. His love of Indy car racing left him a quadriplegic, but he never pumped the brakes on his passion for life—and now he’s intent on gaining mobility through technology in this uplifting documentary produced by longtime festival guest Daniel Junge.