Cleveland’s losing streak is the subject of “Believeland.” | Courtesy of ESPN Films

Since 2008, ESPN Films has been highlighting the people, places and things that populate the world of sports — from college basketball to professional football and beyond. One of its more popular series is “30 for 30,” which offers a quick look at an interesting topic in documentary format.

The Muhammad Ali Center is partnering with ESPN Films to show some of these “30 for 30” films to Louisville audiences free, starting Tuesday, June 26, with “Believeland.” Made in 2016, the film examines the city of Cleveland and its unfortunate losing streak among each of its professional teams — Indians, Browns and Cavaliers.

According to the film’s notes, of all the cities with three major sports franchises, Cleveland is the only one that has failed to win a championship in the last half-century. (This was filmed before the Cavaliers’ big NBA championship win in 2016).

Cue the Debbie Downer sound effect and pass the tissues to Cleveland fans.

The films will be shown throughout the summer and fall at the Ali Center (full schedule below), and while admission is free, reservations are encouraged. All films start at 6 p.m.

Highlights include “Brothers in Exile,” about two Cuban MLB players who escaped their home to play baseball in America; “26 Years: The Dewey-Bozella Story,” about the young boxer who was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1983; and “Run Ricky Run,” about NFL running back Ricky Williams.

Ali Center/ESPN Films screenings:

  • “Believeland” — Tuesday, June 26
  • “The 16th Man” — Tuesday, July 31
  • “Brothers in Exile” — Tuesday, Aug. 28
  • “Into the Wind” — Tuesday, Sept. 11
  • “26 Years: The Dewey-Bozella Story” — Tuesday, Oct. 30
  • “Unguarded” — Tuesday, Nov. 27
  • “Run Ricky Run” — Tuesday, Dec. 11
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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle ( She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."