Special Screening of the Riveting ESPN “30 for 30” Documentary “42 to 1” -

With a program to follow featuring directors Jeremy Schaap and Ben Houser


About 42 to 1:
In sports, we're used to seeing the improbable. But the impossible is another matter entirely. And on February 11, 1990, while the odds were technically 42 to 1, it was very much the impossible that happened in a boxing ring in Tokyo, Japan, when James "Buster" Douglas defeated Mike Tyson for the heavyweight championship of the world.

The ESPN "30 for 30" documentary "42 to 1" tells the story of just how incredibly unlikely it was. It starts in Columbus, Ohio, where Douglas grew up the son of a boxer, who trained and guided him to become a top-10 heavyweight contender in the mid 1980's. Of course, it was all in the shadow of the rise of "Iron" Mike Tyson, who became a worldwide phenomenon in a remarkable undefeated run to the undisputed title. And by the time their fight was set, Douglas was lightly regarded, merely a stepping stone for bigger fights for the champion. But on the day they met, a series of extraordinary circumstances led to an unimaginable result.

If you were a sports fan in 1990, you'll never forget where you were when you heard about Tyson-Douglas. Because, after all, it was impossible.

Director's Take
Most sports fans know the name Buster Douglas. They know he knocked out Mike Tyson, fashioning one of the greatest upsets ever, in all of sports. But they know almost nothing else about Douglas or his story. Our mission with "42 to 1" was to bring Buster Douglas and his journey to life. Most important, we wanted to explore just what it takes to achieve something spectacular, that will be talked about for as long as we are talking about sports. Almost since the instant at which Tyson was counted out, the story of the fight has been told from Tyson's perspective and Douglas's role in his own triumph has been minimized. "42 to 1", we hope, is a kind of corrective to that and a testament to one athlete's refusal to succumb to everyone else's expectations.


About Ben Houser (Director):
Ben Houser has been telling stories at ESPN for over two decades. Houser has produced nearly fifty features on a wide range of topics for ESPN’s award-winning newsmagazine E:60. He has won four Edward R. Murrow awards and 17 National Sports Emmy awards, including the 2015 long feature winner titled “Owen & Haatchi.” Houser has also directed & produced several documentaries including “The Dark Knight Rises” on former Mets ace pitcher Matt Harvey, and “WWE: Behind the Curtain,” an inside look at the process of creating pro wrestling’s characters. Houser is currently a Coordinating Producer on E:60 and has co-produced “Star Wars: Evolution of the Lightsaber duel” as well as the cautionary tale of NFL draft bust Ryan “Leaf.”

About Jeremy Schaap (Director):
One of ESPN's preeminent journalists, Jeremy Schaap has been with the network since 1994. He now serves as the co-host of the weekly E:60 on Sunday mornings and continues to contribute to ESPN’s other studio shows, including Outside the Lines and SportsCenter. Schaap is also the host of the award-winning weekly radio show and podcast The Sporting Life.

In 2015, Schaap won the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Award for reporting on human rights and social justice issues, a first for ESPN. The RFK Center honored Schaap for his story exposing the plight of migrant laborers in Qatar, who live and work in inhumane conditions. It’s been projected that thousands will die as the tiny gulf emirate, by some measures the richest country on earth, prepares to play host to the 2022 World Cup.

Also, in 2015, in a first for ESPN, Schaap was nominated for a national News and Documentary Emmy Award for an E:60 profile of a survivor of extreme domestic violence. Schaap has been nominated for the national Sports Emmy Award in journalism ten times.

In addition to his contributions for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, Schaap’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Time, The Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic.

Born in New York City in 1969, Schaap is a 1991 graduate of Cornell University.

Moderated by, Michael Sciallis:
Michael Sciallis started the production company, Victory Pictures in 2007. In that time, Sciallis' work has garnered him 5 Emmy awards and 5 Edward R. Murrow awards. Along with '42 to 1', Sciallis has worked on several documentaries including 'The Street Stops Here', 'Hurley', Star Wars:Evolution of the Lightsaber Duel and 'Downhill: The Bill Johnson Story'. He has been Creative Director on Monday Night Football, the NBA and NFL Draft and the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup. He is currently the Executive Producer of the award-winning Campus Eats on BTN and a Director for Fortnite's upcoming Championship Series.