The Last Dance interview

For Emmy Award-winning director Jason Hehir (Andre the Giant, 30 for 30), completing the ten-part documentary series The Last Dance has been a Herculean task – and he’s still not finished. He likely won’t be totally done with the project until hours before the final episodes air. Talk about pressure.

But like Michael Jordan, the primary subject of the documentary, Hehir seems to thrive when the game is on the line. His series, which chronicles Jordan and the Chicago Bulls during the 1997-1998 season as they try to win their sixth NBA championship, was scheduled for a summer release before being moved up to fill the world’s sports-sized hole during the coronavirus pandemic. The show has already broken viewership records for ESPN, generated a mountain of memes, and seems to be one of the few pieces of pop culture that the country is consuming at the same time in an era when that kind of water cooler entertainment is increasingly rare.

I spoke with Hehir by phone earlier this week, after the premiere of the third and fourth episodes, and Hehir told me about how he decided to shape the show’s timeline, his top three Michael Jordan moments, how he and his team had a staggering 10,000 hours of footage to whittle down, and much more.
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The Last Dance - Chicago Bulls Documentary Trailer

Earlier this year, we learned ESPN and Netflix were teaming up for a 10-part documentary series looking at the life, career, and legacy of Michael Jordan. However, a new trailer for the series paints the project at being about much more than just the legendary basketball player. Instead, the documentary, titled The Last Dance, will chronicle the 1997-1998 season of the Chicago Bulls as they marched towards the final championship this epic assembly of players would win together.

Watch The Last Dance trailer below. Read More »

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we take flight with Michael Jordan, are given less than a day to pay back a loan shark, daydream about making it big, mix business with pleasure, and watch a good old-fashioned shoot-’em-up. Read More »