'85 Bears documentary airing a preview screening on Sept. 7 on WTTW-TV

'85 Bears documentary airing a preview screening on Sept. 7 on WTTW-TV


The 1985 Chicago Bears aka the “85 Bears” are one of the best teams in NFL history.

On Wednesday, Sept. 7 the newest documentary about the team “‘85: The Greatest Team In Pro Football History” will air in a special Chicago preview screening at 8:00 p.m. CT on WTTW-TV (PBS). The new feature-length documentary is all about the 1985 Super Bowl-Champion Chicago Bears.

A Chicago production team has assembled a unique cast of players, coaches, superfans, prominent Chicagoans and members of the press, including Bears linebacker Otis Wilson, one of the film’s co-producers.

“85” features Bears legends Mike Ditka, Mike Singletary, Jim McMahon, Dan Hampton and Steve McMichael – and exclusive interviews with a who’s who of Bears fans, including President Barack Obama, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Bill Murray, Jeremy Piven, George Wendt, Joe Mantegna and Michael Wilbon.

The production team includes:

Scott Prestin
– (director/producer) is a director, producer and attorney with 15+ years of production experience. He has successfully managed numerous documental, commercial and narrative projects. His most recent work, the official documentary of the best-selling book “John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster”, is slated to release in late 2016. Prestin is a Chicago native, a graduate of Northern Illinois University College of Law and a former Chicago solo practitioner.

Rich Lenkov – (producer) is also associate producer of “The Perfect Storm: The 1994 Montreal Expos” and involved in theatrical productions including “Rock of Ages” and “The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream.” Lenkov is a member of the law firm of Bryce Downey & Lenkov and a graduate of Northern Illinois University College of Law.

Otis Wilson
– (executive producer) legendary linebacker and key member of the dominant 46 defense from the Super Bowl XX-winning Chicago Bears. Otis was a soloist on the “Super Bowl Shuffle,” still the only hit single by a professional sports team. Otis currently runs the Otis Wilson Charitable Association.

“I’m just excited that the story’s going to be told,” Wilson told the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. “It’s a fun story. Of course, everybody knows what happened and how it unfolded, but the behind-the-scenes things — the stories the guys can tell that wasn’t told — that should add to it.”

The ’85 Bears were one of the most colorful and talented teams of all time. They had the first-ranked defense and shut out both of their playoff opponents. In their Super Bowl XX victory in New Orleans, they set records for both total points scored and margin of victory. They remain indelibly stamped on the hearts of all Chicagoans and firmly entrenched as one of the most successful teams in sports history.

See www.85bearsdoc.com for more information on the film or contact Rich Lenkov, ’85 Documentary, LLC.

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