Cascio, Crisman partner for Munich Olympics doc short

Former Nat Geo programmer Michael Cascio (pictured) and producer Stephen Crisman are teaming up with LA-based non-profit group The Foundation for Global Sports Development on the tentatively titled doc short Munich 1972 & Beyond.
February 27, 2015

Former Nat Geo programmer Michael Cascio (pictured) and producer Stephen Crisman are teaming up with LA-based non-profit group The Foundation for Global Sports Development (GSD) on the tentatively-titled doc short Munich 1972 & Beyond.

The film will examine the terrorist activities that took place at the Munich Olympics, in which 11 Israeli athletes and coaches and a West German police officer were killed. A memorial commemorating the events is currently underway in Munich. The doc aims to provide new research and information on the events as well as exclusive interviews and additional commentary based on the recent Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks in Paris.

The film aims to have a theatrical release this fall, along with an educational campaign. The team will also seek international broadcast partners.

Crisman’s credits include documentaries for A&E, MSNBC and CBS’ ’60 Minutes’ while Cascio previously served as programming chief for National Geographic Channel and has also overseen programming for A&E and MSNBC.

Meanwhile, GSD producers include sports psychologist Steven Ungerleider and GSD president David Ulich. The pair conceived of the idea for the film, and according to a release, “will be an integral part of the creative and production team.”

“The Munich Olympics forever changed our world, but there are millions of people who don’t remember,” said Crisman in a statement. “Now is the time to fully examine the catalyst to modern terrorism with wide-open eyes, new research and hard-hitting questions that are revealing and relevant for today – especially in the wake of Charlie Hebdo and other attacks.”

Cascio added: “I’ve never shied away from strong topics. Munich will be that rare, exceptional film that the world should watch. And with the upcoming memorial being constructed, there’s finally the international will and cooperation to tell the story as it deserves to be told.”

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