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03/09/2013 h 09:00Casin˛
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03/09/2013 h 22:15Casin˛
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by Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
In collaboration with the Tribeca Film Festival
International Premiere
United States, 2013, 90', HD, color

cinematography Josh Safdie
editing Benny Safdie
with Lenny Cooke, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony

producer Adam Shopkorn
production Shopkorn Productions
executive producer Joakim Noah

In 2001, Lenny Cooke was the most hyped high school basketball player in the country, ranked above future greats LeBron James, Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. In an era when high school stars were forgoing college hoops in favor of the potential multi-million dollar contracts promised in the NBA draft, Lenny was supposed to be the next superstar. He had the world at his fingertips. But over a decade later, while his peers are taking home MVP awards and championship trophies, Lenny has never played a minute in the NBA. What went wrong?

"Lenny's story was more of a tragedy. One that questions true destiny, passion, makeupů the american dream and what happens when the that dream becomes a reality before it is fully realized. What happens when you take the skills and the dream for granted. In the post modern world, the american dream became a signifier. It was less of a story and more of an idea. Is it fame? Is it riches? Is it self-realized or is it imposed? For every Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, there are countless Lenny Cookes. They're surrounded by the wrong people, they're taken advantage of, looked at like stock quotes hyped up and run down. We only hope this film may act as a cautionary tale to not only basketball players, but to everyone with a dream and/or pure and raw talent." [Josh & Benny Safdie]

Josh and Benny Safdie are brothers who grew up in New York City and began working together at the respective ages of 9 and 11. Both their first and second feature films (The Pleasure of Being Robbed and Daddy Longlegs) premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Daddy Longlegs went on to premiere domestically at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won a Gotham Award and an Independent Spirit Award in 2011. Lenny Cooke is their first feature length documentary. They are cofounders of Red Bucket Films (www.redbucketfilms.com), a creative house that produces nearly everything from films, websites, apps, commercials, paintings, photography and sculptures.

2013 Lenny Cooke (doc)
2012 The Black Balloon (sm)
2009 Daddy Longlegs
2008 The Pleasure of Being Robbed

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