“30 for 30” producer has the Bills in her blood

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –   The ’90s Bills will be in the national spotlight on Saturday night. That’s when ESPN will premiere its “30 for 30” documentary about the team that went to four consecutive Super Bowls, but never won the Lombardi trophy.

One of the producers on The Four Falls of Buffalo is a lifelong Bills fan and grew up in Buffalo during that era. Michelle Giradri Zumwalt, currently of Pegula Sports Entertainment and formerly of NFL Films, directed parts of the film. She also conducted many of the player interviews seen in the documentary.

Girardi Zumwalt is credited with convincing Scott Norwood to speak about his missed kick in Super Bowl XXV on camera for the first time in more than a decade. This interview resulted in some of the most emotional material seen during the documentary.

Zumwalt says she wants people to know that the film is a positive one with a happy ending.

“It’s not a film that just looks at the Super Bowl losses and just sort of hits you over the head again and again with how miserable it was,” She explained. “It really celebrates those years, how great those teams were, how great the players were. The bond they had, and most importantly, the bond they had with the city.”

Giradi Zumwalt spoke to News 4 at the Big Tree Inn in Orchard Park, just down the road from the stadium, on Friday morning.

“This was a place where the Bills players would come after every game, and celebrate with the fans. It’s really a unique bond, between that team and this town. So people will be able to relive that. People who weren’t alive will get to see what it was like, and see why we are all such crazy passionate Bills fans no matter what. So I really think it’s a positive film, and everyone is going to come away from it with a smile on their face.”

Four Falls of Buffalo airs on ESPN on Saturday, December 12th at 9:30 pm.

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