Sunday night, ESPN aired their latest 30 for 30 film: Survive and Advance.
It is the story of the Cinderella 1983 North Carolina State basketball team’s journey to a national championship. It is also a celebration of head coach Jim Valvano’s triumphant life as well.
Monday morning on ESPN Chicago, radio host Marc Silverman said it best: “I’m just not sure how it took so long for a 30 for 30 to be made about Jimmy V.”
Most of us already knew just how magnificent the story of NC State and Valvano is. All that was left was for the story telling to be executed as well as it deserved to be.
Luckily for everyone, Hock Films did a phenomenal job. The film is drawing great praise pretty much everywhere you look:
LA Times Review
AV Club Review
The Wolfpacker Review
Hock Films took a unique approach to the documentary. It could have been hit or miss, but it worked out perfectly.
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