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Billy Corben

Interview: Billy Corben

by Jake Kring-Schreifels, DJ Sixsmith

WFUV talks to Billy Corben at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival | Flickr :: Rakontur

If you are a sports fan that loves controversial and underexplored stories and topics then you must get to know the work of documentarian Billy Corben. A longtime resident of Miami, Florida, Corben has directed and produced several engaging and mesmerizing films that look into the often dark and hidden underworlds and cultures of college sports, drugs, and money. His biggest features to date are Cocaine Cowboys, The U, and Broke, the latter most recently premiering last fall as part of ESPN’s ongoing crop of “30 for 30” features.

ESPN 30 for 30 Premiere: "Broke"

by Jake Kring-Schreifels

Courtesy ESPN Films

Many professional athletes make millions of dollars, but many lose it in a heartbeat. How is this possible? Why does this happen? Along with producer Alfred Spellman, Billy Corben directs his latest film Broke- which I had the opportunity to cover at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier in April- that attempts to answer these questions. Talking heads of current and former athletes narrate this story, providing anecdotal commentary and cautionary tales on their liquid state of compensation.