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SINCE 1869, Mainers have been spending late August at the Union Fair. They come for the wild blueberries and—recently—stay for the Demolition Derby, the subject of a documentary short written by Charlotte Wilder and directed by Lee Feiner and Nolan Thomas. Hit Me, I Like It follows Jacoby Leavitt, a 31-year-old tow-truck-company owner, who has driven in the Derby since he was 18. This year Leavitt is running the event and helping his best friend, Joey Werner, prep his truck for competition. Viewers can get a glimpse of life in southeastern Maine, with a look at this small-town sporting event, on SI TV this month.
The newest SI feature film, 14 Back, tells the story of the historic 1978 pennant race between the Yankees and the Red Sox (page 96). Produced by 11-time Emmy winner Jonathan Hock, the 90-minute documentary will be released on Sept. 20.
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