Screening of ‘The Armstrong Lie’ documentary to be followed by panel discussion.
RENSSELAERVILLE – The fall of one of the 21st century’s athletic icons will take center stage at the Carey Institute for Global Good on Saturday, March 22, with The Alex Gibney-directed documentary “The Armstrong Lie.”
Following the film, an all-star panel featuring, professional cycling expert John Eustice and local Rensselaerville cyclist Tyler Wren, who has competed against Lance Armstrong himself, will discuss the impact of Lance Armstrong’s doping and its effect on the world of professional cycling and competitive sports.
“We are thrilled to be able to welcome this powerful documentary to the Carey Institute. It tells the cautionary yet fascinating tale of a fallen American hero and allows us to connect and analyze the dangers of blood doping in cycling,” said Carol Ash, President of the Carey Institute for Global Good. “Cycling is an ingrained part of the culture here in upstate New York and everyone should be aware of the risks that come with doping. We here at the Carey Institute are passionate about promoting physical activity and with our first annual Rensselaerville Cycling festival coming this fall, this film is a perfect opportunity for a kick-off.”
The film, produced by Gibney, Frank Marshall and Matt Tolmach, tells the unfolding story of Armstrong’s life and career over the last four years. What began as the story of an incredible comeback soon becomes an examination of the anatomy of a lie. The film features unprecedented access to Armstrong himself and many of his former teammates.
Gibney, a New York native, is an acclaimed documentarian who has won numerous national and international awards for his work including an Academy Award in 2007 for his film Taxi to the Dark Side. In 2010, Esquire magazine said Gibney “is becoming the most important documentarian of our time”. Other notable works for Gibney include We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God and Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer.
Eustice, a frequent contributor to Time Magazine, was one of the first American cyclists to break into the world of European pro cycling. He founded and captained the first U.S. team to race in the Tour of Italy and is a two-time U.S. professional champion. Eustice worked for ESPN and ABC Sports as a cycling analyst for the Tour de France from 1992 to 2006 and is currently a race organizer and TV analyst.
Wren, a frequent contributor to VeloNews, has been a professional cyclist since 2002. He was a 3-time collegiate cycling national champion at Princeton University and has won the King of the Mountain prize at the last two editions of the US Professional Cycling National Championships (2012 and 2013).
Doors open at 6:30 pm, with cash bar. Event tickets are $10 and can be purchased by phone at (518) 797-5100. For more information on the Carey Institute for Global Good and its initiatives, visit the website at www.careyconferencecenter.org.