FOX Sports Films is set to embark on a brand new, feature-length documentary series called “MAGNIFY” that intersects the lives of athletes and communities.
“This commitment to deeper storytelling – pointing the cameras where they’re needed most —
diversifies our voice and gets audiences thinking about sports in a broader context beyond wins and
losses,” says Charlie Dixon, EVP, Content at FOX Sports. “The aim is to create dialogue and hopefully
affect change in the communities where these stories are told.”
Named “89 Blocks,” the first documentary in the “MAGNIFY” series dives deep into the story of East St. Louis High School Flyer football, the favorable sports team of a troubled Illinois community who faced adversity and eventual triumph during the 2016 season. The film was directed by Emmy Award winner, Josh Oshinsky, and executive produced by Sports Illustrated, along with LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s all-digital sports programming network, UNINTERRUPTED.
The second documentary, called “Shot in the Dark,” focuses on Orr Academy’s high school basketball team and its stars Tyquone Greer and Marquise Pryor as they aspire for greatness all while fighting off the systemic injustices that threaten to claim their future. It will premiere in February of 2018 and is executive produced by Dwyane Wade and Chance the Rapper.
Be on the lookout for some amazing content from “MAGNIFY” for our viewing pleasure in the coming months. In the meantime, check out the trailer for “89 Blocks” above just ahead of its debut this Sunday, November 26th on FOX. View more info here.