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The IJPC Journal, Volume 10 - Fall 2021 - Fall 2022

Writer-Director Ron Shelton on the Image of the Sports Journalist in Popular Culture

Jeff Fellenzer


An interview with Ron Shelton who wrote and directed "Bull Durham", which Sports Illustrated called the best sports movie of all time. He won the Best Original Screenplay award from the Writers Guild of America and the Best Screenplay Award from the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Society of Film Critics, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, as well as being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. His latest book is the best-selling "The Church of Baseball: The Making of Bull Durham: Home Runs, Bad Calls, Crazy Fights, Big Swings, and a Hit."

"Bull Durham" launched a writing-directing career that includes "White Men Can’t Jump," "Blaze," "Cobb," "Blue Chips," and "Tin Cup." He also directed “Jordan Rides the Bus,” a documentary about NBA basketball star Michael Jordan’s year in the minor leagues, for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series. He is currently working on a television project called Wicked Kansas, a post-Civil War Western. A former professional baseball player, he holds degrees from Westmont College and the University of Arizona. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his family.

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