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Duke-Carolina, The Blue Blood Rivalry
Two Storied Programs. Two Distinct Communities.
America’s Most Intense Rivalry.
Screenwriters: Jason Rem and Art Chansky
Executive Producers: Jason Rem, Meleata Pinto, Sara Godwin & Hassan Pinto
Co - Producers - Mitch Kupchak, Beau Parry, Aaron Gard & Jeffrey & Cheryl Scales
Production Team: Jason Rem, Meleata Pinto, Gil Fitts, Aaron Gard, Art Chansky, Sara Godwin, Sydney Stone & Hassan Pinto
Treatment By Jason Rem, Art Chansky, Meleata Pinto & Hassan Pinto
Separated by an eight-mile stretch of highway known as Tobacco Road, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are forever connected. These two prominent schools are polar opposites in every way but one... NCAA Men’s Basketball. Although the players change each year, the teams look and play like a timeless song. Their rich commitment to the game has grown into the greatest rivalry in college athletics and perhaps, all of sports. Former Tar Heel Phil Ford said, “It’s just the best rivalry in college basketball.”
Guaranteed to collide on the hardwoods at least twice a year, their performance is unmatched. This historic ‘Blue Blood Rivalry’ has featured Mike Krzyzewski, the coach with the most wins in NCAA Division I basketball history, and the fourth winningest coach, Dean Smith, plus 33 Final Four appearances and nine NCAA Championship teams. Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said: “there are only two games that matter, the North Carolina game at Duke and the Duke game at North Carolina.”
Duke-Carolina, The Blue Blood Rivalry documentary film, inspired by the writings of the multi-faceted sportswriters Art Chansky and Al Featherston, will give viewers a look at this passionate rivalry from the inside out. “The Duke - Carolina rivalry is like experiencing Mardi Gras, Christmas and your birthday rolled all into one week in February and one week in March,” said Chansky. By following the coaches, players and their loyal fans inside and beyond the game, the film will convey the energy and emotion of the rivalry. Susie Hill, Duke Alumna said, “I have not missed a game since 1975, and I can’t retire to my Florida home because I will miss the festivities and energy that leads up to the game.”
The film’s audience will be introduced into this unique world by an all-star line-up of top players, coaches, well-known alumni, local characters and beloved personalities that make this rivalry exceptional. The rabid and devoted fans celebrate these epic battles in many ways, including bonfires, camp-outs, watch parties, date nights and choreographed cheers. The game dictates the outcome, but the real theatre, drama and passion reveals itself on the campuses, bars, restaurants, hotels, coffee and barber shops all along Tobacco Road. Winners inherit bragging rights, and the losers burn with disgust until the next match. Former Tar Heel Brian Reese said: “to the day I die, the rivalry is everything to me.”
Unlike other Duke-Carolina documentaries, this film will focus on the people who get ready for the best rivalry in college sports in their own way. From how the players and coaches prepare starting immediately after the final buzzer sounds in the previous game, to the schools who get ready for the over-crunch of ticket demands and accommodating media, to those responsible for running the Dean Dome and Cameron Indoor... To the fans themselves, and how they prepare - whether they will be court-side or in a sports bar from Franklin and Main streets in Chapel Hill and Durham to “Duke” and “Carolina” bars across the country.
If you are involved in the Duke-Carolina rivalry in any way, this is your story!
As the audience watches through the eyes of these characters, the best moments on the court will highlight the intensity of the competition between the two schools. All of the high points of the rivalry will be punctuated through game footage from meetings of the teams on the schools’ campuses, in the ACC Tournament, and the NCAA Tournament.
Viewers will experience the riveting rivalry by hearing, seeing, and feeling the energy and raw emotion of what makes the Duke - Carolina, The Blue Blood Rivalry, the greatest rivalry in sports. Former Tar Heel, George Lynch said: “beating Duke meant more to us than winning an ACC Championship.” At the end of the season, fans, schools and players can’t wait to revisit the next chapter in this never ending saga as there’s always a different outcome in this more than 100 year-old ‘Battle of the Blues’. The actors change, but the skilled performances and intensity of the Blue Blood Rivalry always remains the same. Current Tar Heel Leslie McDonald said “ We speak with each other off the court, but on the court it’s war.”
Executive Producer, Writer, Director Jason Rem (REM Entertainment)
Jason Rem has produced programming for ESPN, Fox Sports, Versus, Sony, Nike and more. All of Mr. Rem’s series for ESPN and Fox Sports have been nominated for Sports Emmys and he is an award-winning independent documentary producer, director and writer. He has produced programming at the biggest sporting events in the world including the Olympics, Masters, World Series, Kentucky Derby and five Super Bowls. The Duke - Carolina Blue Blood Rivalry eBook Series:
Also written by Art Chansky and Al Featherston, the eBook series details the history of the rivalry using video and pictures, as well as text - and is the inspiration for this film. Chansky (UNC) and Featherston (Duke) have covered the rivalry on separate sides for over 30 years, lending a depth of knowledge and a passion to the story that is unparalleled.
Currently, Volumes 1-3 of the eBook are available for sale: $8.99 (http://www.amazon.com/Duke-Carolina-Volume-3-ebook/dp/B006LWQXNO/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1326486011&sr=1-2)
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