26 Jan ‘Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself’ and ‘Paper Lion’ (DOUBLE FEATURE)

This double feature at the Redford Theatre pairs a documentary about famed participatory journalist George Plimpton with a 50th anniversary 35mm screening of “Paper Lion,” an adaptation of Plimpton's best-selling book about going undercover as a rookie Lions quarterback for Sports Illustrated.

In “Plimpton!,” directors Tom Bean and Luke Poling trace the writer’s years at Harvard, his cofounding of the Paris Review and his many forays into professions that he documented as a participatory journalist, including photographing Playboy models, playing goalie for the Boston Bruins and performing with the New York Philharmonic. The documentary is a return engagement from the 2014 festival.

Alan Alda takes on the Plimpton role in “Paper Lion,” the sports comedy that also stars Lauren Hutton and features a wide variety of Detroit Lion-connected cameos, including Joe Schmidt, Lem Barney and Alex Karras. Watch out for that goalpost, George.

Between the films: Free Press Lions beat writer Dave Birkett talks to Tom Nowatzke, a Lions fullback from 1965 to 1969 who is in "Paper Lion"; Toby Barlow, an executive producer of “Plimpton!”; and sports historian and Free Press sports contributor Bill Dow, who co-organized the 2003 “Paper Lion” reunion.

p.m. Sun., April 15, the Redford Theatre

'Starring George Plimpton As Himself'
YEAR 2012
RUN TIME 89 minutes
DIRECTED BY Tom Bean and Luke Poling
'Paper Lion'
YEAR 1968
RUN TIME 117 minutes
DIRECTED BY Alex March