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Abramorama acquires North American rights to “Mr. Chibbs”

Film distributor Abramorama has acquired the North American rights to the doc Mr. Chibbs from director/producer Jill Campbell and producer Barry Greenstein. The film looks at the life of former NBA All-Star ...
March 6, 2017

Film distributor Abramorama has acquired the North American rights to the doc Mr. Chibbs from director/producer Jill Campbell and producer Barry Greenstein.

The film looks at the life of former NBA All-Star and New York City prodigy Kenny Anderson who is in a midlife crisis, grappling with his identity and coming to term with his past as he looks to move forward.

The film features unseen footage and explores what happens when a sports legend talent fades and has to search for a meaningful future.

Anderson is regarded as one of the top high school basketball players of his generation. He grew up in Queens where he was scouted by the NBA in the sixth grade. After two high profile years at Georgia Tech and a Final Four appearance, Anderson left college early to become the number 2 pick in the NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets. He played in the 1994 All-Star game and a career spanning over 14 years, but he never fully lived up to the heights of his early promise.

Mr. Chibbs had its world premiere at DOC NYC in November 2016. Following screenings at the Miami, Atlanta Film Festivals and Sarasota Film Festival, the doc will open at the IFC Center in New York on May 3 and then expand theatrically afterward.

“We are thrilled to be bringing this candid look at basketball legend Kenny Anderson’s personal story to theaters,” said Abramorama president Richard Abramowitz, in a statement. “Kenny has had both a charmed and troubled past, but behind it all is a man with a heart as big as his hometown New York City. While this film will certainly appeal to sports fans, it will also touch everyone who has experienced the roller coaster of life.”

Mr. Chibbs acquisition deal was negotiated by Richard Abramowitz of Abramorama and David Davoli of Davoli Davids, LLP on behalf of Greenstein.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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