GONZO @ THE DERBY

Directed by Michael D. Ratner

The lasting legacy of the 1970 Kentucky Derby has nothing to do with the winner, Dust Commander. Its true impact came from the assignment that "Scanlan's Monthly" gave to a 32-year-old writer from Louisville named Hunter S. Thompson. Watch Video Director's statement Video

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Gonzo @ The Derby

Film Summary

The lasting legacy of the 1970 Kentucky Derby has nothing to do with the winner, Dust Commander. Its true impact came from the assignment that "Scanlan's Monthly" gave to a 32-year-old writer from Louisville named Hunter S. Thompson. Director Michael D. Ratner revisits that story in this 30 For 30 Short, talking with the late journalist's editors and friends, including actor Sean Penn. The piece that Thompson turned in -- fantastical, riotous and, by the way, late -- opened so many eyes that gonzo journalism became an art form. As Thompson's partner in crime, illustrator Ralph Steadman, says, "We were the face of the crowd we'd gone there to find."

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Michael Ratner

Michael D. Ratner founded OBB Pictures in 2010 and as its President/CEO, has grown OBB Pictures into a leading millennial-driven content production company. The company's current slate of projects includes developing and producing original scripted and unscripted content across all media platforms, with those such as ESPN, Tinder, Vice Sports and Verizon's go90 network for a scripted comedy series in which Ratner serves as showrunner. OBB recently completed production on the feature-length documentary, "One in a Billion".

In 2016, Ratner's company teamed with Mandalay Sports Media to develop and co-produce a series of sports-themed films, TV projects and multi-media programming. The company also formed a strategic partnership with Authentic Brands Group, owner of a global portfolio of iconic fashion, sports, celebrity and entertainment brands including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali, to develop content across their brands for digital and traditional platforms targeted towards millennials.

Ratner previously executive produced feature-length documentaries "Dwight Howard: In the Moment" and "In Football We Trust", an official 2015 Sundance Film Festival selection alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. He also wrote, directed and produced the romantic comedy film, "The 30 Year Old Bris," which was an official selection of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, and produced the late New York Governor Mario Cuomo's documentary "More than Words". Most recently, Ratner directed and produced the short film "Gonzo @ the Derby" for ESPN's acclaimed 30 for 30 series, which was named an official selection at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

In 2014, Ratner earned five New York Emmy Awards for his directing work on "The Lineup: Sports Movies".

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