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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Update: ESPN's 30 for 30 on Cleveland, "Believeland," Showing Tonight with New Ending

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 4:38 PM

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Update:

Now that the Cleveland Cavaliers are NBA champions, ESPN's Believeland probably no longer needs such a somber tone.

It originally aired May 14, but airs again tonight with an alternate, much more upbeat ending. The new version airs at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

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The fabled and long awaited 30 for 30 documentary from ESPN on the Cleveland championship drought finally has a premiere date.

It's been a strange trip for the project, which started some years back under the direction of Kristopher Belman, an Akron native who directed "More Than a Game," the documentary on LeBron and his high school teammates at St. Vincent St. Mary. There was talk that the film would be timed with the 50th anniversary of Cleveland's last championship — the 1964 Cleveland Browns — in 2014. Then nothing happened, and it turned out that Belman was booted from the project and the film had to get a reboot under Ohio native Andy Billman.

Well, it's finally done. Or at least close enough to being done that there's a premiere date: March 31 as part of the Cleveland International Film Festival at 7 p.m. at the Connor Palace at Playhouse Square. Tickets are $16 (it's two bucks cheaper if you're a CIFF member) and go on sale to the public March 18. Check out clevelandfilm.org for more info and other announcements about what flicks will be shown at the fest.

No word yet on when "Believeland" will debut on ESPN.

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