We recently connected with Director Court Crandall and Producer Andrew Silver for a conversation about their film FREE THROW, now available on iTunes and video on demand. The documentary played at film festivals across the country including Seattle International Film Festival, Boston Film Festival and Tallgrass Film Festival. Check out the behind-the-scenes conversation!
The story of this ‘Free Throw competition’ has made headlines from coast to coast literally. An idea, a spark, in the mind of Court Crandall has been praised by CNN, Today/MSNBC, The LA Times, New York Daily News, The Huffington Post, and more (which you can check out here in the Free Throw Press Room). Court has taken his passion to the Manhattan Beach ‘Journey to Purpose’ TEDx talks. Which I’ve watched many times! (Sam)
I knew, while screening ‘Free Throw’ for the first time that, as Court Crandall, Andrew Silver, and I also met for the first time (in ‘the cloud’ from three different places)– this film was something very special to these amazing men. I’m really excited to share that Filmmaker In The Cloud(TM) chat with you now!
20 Second description of Free Throw, from FreeThrowMovie.com
Compton, California is one of the most notorious cities in the world. Made famous by NWA in the eighties and the LA riots in the nineties, Compton is place defined by the glorification of drug dealing and gang violence. Free Throw director, Court Crandall and WDCW Films, set out to show a different side of Compton and its people. Through the creation of a basketball free throw shooting competition for a $40,000 college scholarship, eight worthy Compton High School students are given the chance to not only pay for their education, but to tell their stories. What transpires puts the school, the city and one teen at the center of a tale of generosity so profound, it’s covered by news sources around the world and becomes the lead story on Yahoo. By the end of the film, you will have laughed, cried and realized that the values we hold dearest as a country may be best represented in a most unlikely zip code.
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“I raised my children in Manhattan Beach, but I went to Compton to find their role models.” —Court Crandall/ Director, Free Throw