Filmmakers in person!
Joakim Noah in person!
- LENNY COOKE
- 2012, Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie, USA, 88 min.
“A penetrating and ultimately heartbreaking inventory of hard lessons learned on and off the court.”
—Scott Foundas, Variety
“Sadly real-life basketball version of ‘Friday Night Lights’ crossed with ‘Blind Side.’”
—Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
In 2001, one young basketball prodigy seemed destined for NBA greatness, but his career crashed and burned before it even started, due to bad advice, bad timing, and youthful arrogance. The star-crossed history of Lenny Cooke, who was ranked number-one high school basketball player in the U.S. (ahead of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony), but who fumbled his shot at the 2002 draft, plays out as a gripping human-interest story that critics have likened to HOOP DREAMS in its pathos. Fans will be delighted by on-court footage of Cooke, James, Anthony, and other up-and-coming hoopsters as teen novices. DCP digital. (BS)
Co-directors Ben and Joshua Safdie and producer Adam Shopkorn will be present for audience discussion on Friday.
Executive producer Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls team member and 2013 NBA All-Star, will be present for audience discussion on Sunday.