The next instalment in the Peabody and Emmy award-winning 30 for 30 series, “Breakaway,” about WNBA superstar and activist Maya Moore, available now on ESPN Player. Directed by Rudy Valdez, the documentary explores the story of Moore, who was one of the best basketball players in the world when she stepped away from the sport for a remarkable reason: to fight for a man she believed was wrongly imprisoned. In 2019, after four WNBA championships, two Olympic gold medals, a WNBA MVP award, three All-Star MVPs, and a scoring title, Moore decided to take a sabbatical from basketball at the age of 29 to devote herself full-time to working for the release of a man named Jonathan Irons, who was wrongly convicted of burglary and assault and sentenced to 50 years in prison. “Breakaway” chronicles a search for justice, and a relationship that changed the lives of two people forever. Valdez’s previous film, “The Sentence”, winner of the US Documentary Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and the Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking, explored similar themes about the criminal justice system. “Breakaway” available now on ESPN Player across all compatible desktop and mobile devices.
“I wanted to make this film not only to honour and celebrate the incredible criminal justice reform advocacy that Maya has been working toward with Jonathan Irons, but also to tell a very human story that is often told inhumanely,” said director Rudy Valdez. “I hope the film sheds light on how society demonizes both those behind bars and those connected at home and inspires people to find inner strength and fight against a system that does not want us to win.”
“Breakaway” available now on ESPN Player. It is executive produced by Robin Roberts, Reni Calister and John R. Green of Rock’n Robin Productions, as well as Lindsay Kagawa Colas. The film will be available to stream across all compatible devices and all EMEA regions on ESPN Player. Other 30 for 30 classics such as “O.J.: Made in America” and “Kings Ransom” are also available on ESPN Player, the home of 30 for 30 in EMEA. Advance press screeners, additional information, including film clips and director statements and bios, are available upon request.