ESPN film on Marquette basketball jersey to be screened in Milwaukee
University alumnus, sitcom star premiered film at Sundance Film Festival
Marquette alumnus Danny Pudi will be on campus to screen Untucked, a documentary he directed for ESPN Film’s “30 for 30.”
The film is about the history of the Marquette University’s men’s basketball jersey, specifically the famous uniform designed by basketball star Bo Ellis that was worn in 1977 when Marquette won the National Championship.
The screening will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, in the Weasler Auditorium, 1506 W. Wisconsin Ave.
The event is free and open to the public, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis.
A panel discussion with Pudi and Ellis will follow.
Under legendary coach Al McGuire, Marquette was known for its groundbreaking uniforms throughout the 1970s.
In 1976, while Ellis was taking fashion-design courses at Mount Mary College, he suggested a jersey design that was meant to be worn untucked with “Marquette” running across the bottom of the hem, rather than the traditional spot on the chest.
Marquette used a version of the design until the 1983-84 season before the NCAA required that jerseys be tucked in.
Untucked premiered Jan. 16 at the Sundance Film Festival, one of the biggest film festivals in the world, and is expected to premier on Grantland.com in March.
Along with Pudi, fellow Marquette alumnus Chris Marrs was a co-producer on the project.
Both are currently Los Angeles-based actors/comedians.
Pudi had his breakthrough role as Abed on NBC’s Community after recurring roles on Greek and Gilmore Girls.
Marrs began his career in Chicago and has appeared on The Mentalist, Happy Endings and Hot in Cleveland.
He’ll next be see on TNT’s The Last Ship.