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Film on ex-Islanders owner John Spano to premiere at Tribeca

Former Islanders owner John Spano.

Former Islanders owner John Spano. Credit: Newsday file photo

The Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival announced its slate Tuesday, beginning with a world premiere that figures to attract a lot of attention in these parts.

“Big Shot,’’ actor Kevin Connolly’s film about former Islanders owner/fraud John Spano, will debut April 19.

“I’ve always thought the expression ‘passion project’ was kind of a cliché until I started working on ‘Big Shot’ for ESPN,’’ said Connolly, a Patchogue native who famously wore Islanders shirts and hats while appearing on “Entourage.’’

“Working side by side and spending time with guys that I literally grew up idolizing has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.’’

This should be interesting. After Newsday first wrote about the film last month, several more well-placed sources stepped forward, eager to talk about the Spano spectacle, so I put them in touch with producer Ted Schillinger.

“Big Shot’’ will be shown on ESPN in October.

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