A documentary about the life and times of former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on Sunday and will be broadcast on ESPN on July 9.
“Pat XO,” part of ESPN Films’ Nine for IX documentary series, uses Summitt’s son Tyler to help tell the legendary coach’s story. The film starts at Summitt’s childhood and ends with her retirement after she revealed she was suffering from early onset dementia.
With Tyler Summitt as the lead storyteller, the film offers recollections from assistant coaches, players such as Chamique Holdsclaw, Tamika Catchings and Michelle Marciniak and famous fans such as Peyton Manning and country singer Kenny Chesney. In addition to the interviews, archival footage is utilized throughout.
The film was directed by twin sisters Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters, veterans of network television who have produced documentary programming through their company, Lookalike Productions.
Nine for IX is a documentary series focused on compelling stories of women in sports told by female filmmakers. The series, from the producers of 30 for 30 and executive produced by Robin Roberts and Jane Rosenthal, will premiere July 2 on ESPN and air consecutive Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. each week.
The air dates are as follows (listed with each film's director):
July 2: Venus Vs. (Ava DuVernay)
July 9: Pat XO (Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters; produced by Robin Roberts)
July 16: No Limits (Alison Ellwood)
July 23: Let Them Wear Towels (Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern)
July 30: Swoopes (Hannah Storm)
Aug. 6: The Diplomat (Jennifer Arnold and Senain Kheshgi)
Aug. 13: Runner (Shola Lynch)
Aug. 20: Branded (Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady)
Aug. 27: The '99ers (Erin Leyden; produced by Julie Foudy)