ESPN Films and female-focused digital portal espnW are set to launch a doc shorts series on women in sports entitled Nine for IX Shorts, debuting this July.
The series of six shorts is an extension of the feature-length Nine for IX series that aired on ESPN last summer, featuring stories of women in sports, told by female filmmakers. A preview of the first Nine for IX short – director Hannah Storm’s Love & Payne (pictured) about the legacy of golfer Payne Stewart as seen through the eyes of his widow Tracey – debuted on espnW.com on Wednesday.
One short will premiere each day from July 28 to August 1.
The remaining doc shorts include the Mundo Sisters’ Rowdy Ronda Rousey (July 28) on MMA fighter Rousey; Nikki Reed’s Think Normal (July 29) about autistic basketball player McElwain and his mother; Melissa Johnson’s Brittney Griner: Lifesize (July 30) on the young basketball star; Tina Carbone’s Uncharted Waters (July 31) about the 1995 all-women America’s Cup yachting team; and Jessica Wolfson’s Play A Round With Me (August 1) about Jan Stephenson, professional golf’s first tabloid star. Robin Roberts and Jane Rosenthal executive produce.