Run Time: 77 minutes
The Drive. The Fumble. The Shot. The Decision. José Mesa. And so it goes for Cleveland sports fans. Years of getting so close, followed by years of futility, followed by just dumb luck, followed by stars leaving for greener pastures seems to be the resumé of our hometown teams. So what keeps the fans returning for more? BELIEVELAND, part of the award-winning “30 for 30” ESPN documentary film series, attempts to explain the masochistic devotion many Browns, Indians, and Cavs fans have when it comes to cheering for teams that continue to break our hearts. Including interviews with ghosts of sports heroes past, current Cleveland personalities, and many of the very fanatics that keep taking their licks, BELIEVELAND is like group therapy where the patients are the ones asking “why, Why, WHY!” Only true Clevelanders can understand our love for our city, our loyalty to our teams, and the mentality that hungers for more even though it’s been 50 years since our last championship. And that’s because one day–one day–we’ll be able to say, “I told you so” to everyone who refuses to believe. –T.W.
Neighborhood Screening @ Connor Palace
Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 7:00 PM
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Andy Billman produces documentaries for ESPN Films. He has worked on SportsCenter, The ESPYs, Playmakers, Tilt, and Dream Job. As an Ohio native and graduate of the University of Toledo, he loves all things Cleveland.