According to a 2009 Sports Illustrated article, 60 percent of NBA players are broke within five years of retirement. For 78 percent of NFL players, it takes only three years. Sucked into bad investments, stalked by freeloaders, saddled with medical problems, and naturally prone to showing off, most pro athletes get shocked by harsh economic realities after years of living the high life. Drawing surprisingly vulnerable confessions from retired stars like Jamal Mashburn, Bernie Kosar, and Andre Rison, as well as Marvin Miller, the former executive director of the MLB Players Association, this fascinating documentary digs into the psychology of men whose competitive nature carries them to victory on the field and ruin off it.
TFF Alum Billy Corben (Cocaine Cowboys) paints a complex picture of the many forces that drain athletes' bank accounts, placing some of the blame on the culture at large while still holding these giants accountable for their own hubris. A story of the dark side of success, Broke is an allegory for the financial woes haunting economies and individuals all over the world.
Length: 79 minutes
Producer: Alfred Spellman
Screenwriter: Billy Corben
Editor: David Cypkin
Director of Photography: Alexa Harris
Executive Producer: Connor Schell
Executive Producer: John Dahl
Executive Producer: Bill Simmons
Producer: Evan Rosenfeld
Producer: Deirdre Fenton
Director: Billy Corben
Executive Producer: John Walsh
Primary Cast: Keith McCants, Bernie Kosar, Andre Rison, Leon Searchy, Herm Edwards, Ed Butowsky
Billy Corben has worked as a producer, director, actor, and writer for more than 20 years. He and producing partner Alfred Spellman formed their first production company in 1994 while in high school. His films include Raw Deal: A Question of Consent, Cocaine Cowboys, Square Grouper, and Limelight (TFF 2011).