Global indie distributor 1091, formerly known as The Orchard Film Group, has acquired the North American rights to Chike Ozah and Coodie Simmons’ feature-length documentary A Kid from Coney Island.
The 89-minute film, which held its world premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, follows the life and career of former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury as he pursued his dream of playing professional basketball.
Through interviews with friends and family, as well as Marbury himself, the film traces Marbury’s journey to stardom from his childhood home in Brooklyn to starting point guard at the famed Abraham Lincoln High School – where he was often heralded as the next great New York point guard – and on through his professional career in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets, and his multiple successes in China.
A theatrical release is planned for late October in partnership with SLAM Media, a full-service basketball media company.
The film was produced by Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi of Significant Productions with Jason Samuels. Stephon Marbury is an executive producer.
The deal was negotiated by 1091′s Danielle DiGiacomo, SVP of acquisitions and strategic partnerships, and Endeavor Content on behalf of the filmmakers.
“A Kid from Coney Island is about so much more than just basketball. It’s a beautiful, universal story of family, community, and the complexity of talent; how pursuing a dream in the face of massive expectations can be simultaneously dangerous and redemptive” said 1091′s DiGiacomo in a statement.
“The world has never heard Stephon Marbury’s side of his life’s story, and most have no idea who he really is, his family and the elements he grew up around in Coney Island,” added Ozah. “Coodie and I are excited to bring the context to Steph’s story that you don’t see in what the media reports, and now hopefully people can make an informed decision on who they think he is as a person.”