ESPN: Behind the Scenes with 'Run Mama Run' Filmmaker Daniele Anastasion April 20, 2016

Motherhood is a question mark that hovers over me and every woman I know. I'm not a mother, but in my 30s, I've watched nearly all of my friends get pregnant and become mothers. Every one of them has struggled with how to hold on to themselves as they undergo this tidal wave of change.

When the team at ESPN Films asked me to pitch stories about female athletes, the first thing I Googled was "pregnant athlete." That's how I found Sarah Brown. An elite middle distance runner, Sarah had her eye on making the U.S. Olympic track and field team in 2016. When her race times started to slow down in 2015, she didn't understand why. Then, she learned that her IUD had failed.

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Daniele Anastasion receives espnW Film Fellowship funds February 26, 2016

The inaugural espnW Film Fellowship program has chosen I Am Yup’ik director Daniele Anastasion as the recipient of funding to direct a docuseries focused on track athlete and expectant mother Sarah Brown (pictured).

The four-part Run Mama Run will follow the middle distance runner as she attempts to crack the U.S. Olympic roster while pregnant with her first child, due in March.  Episodes will launch across the network’s digital platform from April to August and will screen at the 2016 espnW: Women + Sports Summit this fall. 

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New Lineup of ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 Shorts Documentaries Announced February 9, 2016

ESPN Films’ award-winning 30 for 30 Shorts documentary series has returned with a winter slate of five new short films debuting every Tuesday over the next five weeks. The films will premiere digitally on the 30 for 30 Shorts page ( at 10 a.m. ET each Tuesday, and then will air later that week on Friday Night Movie Night, during the 6 p.m. ET hour of SportsCenter.

I Am Yup’ik premieres online on March 1st on The film airs on March 4th during the 6 p.m. hour of SportsCenter, ESPN.

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2016 Sundance Film Festival Announces Short Film Program December 8, 2015

Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today its full lineup of 72 short films that will leave a lasting impact on audiences long after the lights go up at their screenings at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, January 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Sundance and Ogden, Utah. Among the short films the Festival has shown in recent years are World of TomorrowWhiplashThe Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom and Fishing Without Nets.

Official Selection 2016:

I Am Yup'ik / (Directors: Daniele Anastasion, Nathan Golon) — A Yup'ik teenager leaves his tiny village and travels across frozen tundra to compete in a basketball tournament and bring pride to his village.

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Oprah Finds Reasons to Believe

THE ATLANTIC, October 18, 2015

"Her seven-night miniseries may highlight similarities between religions, but it also seeks to render the complexities of various faiths honestly. BELIEF is a beautifully shot and educational series that will appeal to believers of any faith or none at all. It should not be missed." Read more

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Premieres on Sunday, October 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and will air worldwide on the Discovery Networks. 

Premieres on Sunday, October 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and will air worldwide on the Discovery Networks. 


Oprah presents landmark TV event Belief premiering Sunday, October 18 on OWN

July 24, 2015

This fall, Oprah Winfrey presents the landmark television event Belief, a week-long documentary series airing over seven consecutive nights that depicts how people with a wide range of beliefs search for deeper meaning and connection with the world around them. Through vivid, emotional storytelling and cinematic visual imagery, Belief illuminates the best of faith and spiritual practices from around the world – the rituals, stories and relationships that bind us all together as human beings. The series will premiere on Sunday, October 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Read more

Selected Reviews for "The Redemption of General Butt Naked"

A compelling portrait of an extraordinarily complex personal odyssey, a film that explores both the power and the limitations of faith and forgiveness."  - Kenneth Turan, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

This amazing docu confronts the contradictions of reconciliation in a war-ravaged continent. - Ronnie Schieb, VARIETY

Utterly fascinating with a charismatic central figure -- this is an extremely unsettling film that holds you tightly in its grip for its almost too short running time."  - Kirk Honeycutt, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Blahyi's multiple reconciliations are inherently moving, capturing numerous complex layers of emotions that no actor could possibly convey. - Eric Kohn, INDIEWIRE

Documentary filmmaking at its best. - Bruce DeMara, THE TORONTO STAR