The ultimate, prototypical Nelli-baller hits the big screen when a documentary featuring Lebron's high school years will make it's debut in the Toronto International Film Festival this month - "More Than A Game" directed by Kristopher Belman.
Belman hit the jackpot in his hometown of Akron Ohio by lucking out in choosing a subject that could very well end up being the greatest to ever play the game when it's all said and done. The hoops pheonom, LeBron James, was anointed 'The Chosen One' as a young teen, but in a world where hype falls short in reality all too often, not many could have predicted the amount of success Lebron has had thus far in his young career.
Several years ago, first-time director Kristopher Belman decided to follow a high-school basketball team in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. Its core group of players were four African-American youth from varying backgrounds, playing for the elite, predominantly white school St. Vincent-St. Mary. The boys had played together with the same coach since they were in grade school, developing an unusual chemistry. Hollywood should be so lucky to find such a script about family, redemption and what it takes to win. And as if that was not enough, one of the players went on to become an NBA superstar.
More Than A Game
Runtime: 105 minutes
Production Company: Harvey Mason Media/ St. V, LLC./ Spring Hill Productions
Executive Producer: Maverick Carter, LeBron James
Producer: Harvey Mason, Kris Belman, Matthew Perniciaro, Kevin Mann
Written By: Brad Hogan, Kristopher Belman
Cinematographer: Kristopher Belman
Editor: V. Scott Balcerek
Sound: Scott A. Hecker
Music: Harvey Mason
Principal Cast: LeBron James, Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis, Sian Cotton, Willie McGee
International Sales Agent: Endeavor Independent
As a huge fan of basketball, film, and documentaries in general, I can't wait to watch this one when it comes to town. This film serves as a chronicle of greatness in its incubation stage. Basketball fans everywhere should feel fortunate to be able to get a glimpse of life on and off the court of a superstar in-the-making.
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