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ESPN set to premiere Jenna Ricker’s ’30 for 30′ doc “Qualified”

U.S. sports cable net ESPN will premiere a documentary on motorsports pioneer Janet Guthrie later this month. Directed by Jenna Ricker, Qualified is part of ESPN’s ’30 for 30′ series and ...
May 2, 2019

U.S. sports cable net ESPN will premiere a documentary on motorsports pioneer Janet Guthrie later this month.

Directed by Jenna Ricker, Qualified is part of ESPN’s ’30 for 30′ series and follows pro racer Guthrie (pictured), who became a racing legend as the first woman ever to compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500 in the ’70s, breaking through numerous gender-based barriers along the way.

The 78-minute film tells her story using contemporaneous local TV coverage, network broadcasts, rarely-seen promotional films, home movies, and private photo and film collections. It premiered at SXSW earlier this year.

Caroline Waterlow, Jenna Ricker, Nina Krstic, Greg Stuhr, Libby Geist, Erin Leyden and Deirdre Fenton serve as producers.

“In the late 70′s Janet Guthrie was a name you heard on evening broadcasts and read about in your daily newspaper,” said Ricker in a statement. “The saturated film stock and cinematography of that era is so evocative and visceral, it seemed the perfect way to re-introduce Janet to today’s audience. Shaping her story predominantly through archival footage reminds our viewer how present she was in the zeitgeist while placing them at the epicenter of macho 70′s auto racing.”

Qualified premieres May 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ESPN.

Watch a clip below:

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