Put 300 NBA players and their otherworldly characters in a bubble, give some of them a camera to record themselves, add to the tension of social justice unrest, and you’ve got the “Game Change Game,” which is a A Tribeca Festival documentary that offers viewers a rare behind-the-scenes look. – Scenarios showing how the basketball league is coping with the turbulent summer of 2020.
The brainchild of former MTV president Christina Norman, now head of content for the National Basketball Players Association, the film had its world premiere Tuesday at Chelsea’s SVA Theatre.
The 110-minute film, directed by first-time directors Spike Jordan and Maxim Quelling, features Phoenix Suns point guard and former union president Chris Paul, Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Sterling Brown and the Phoenix Suns Team center JaVale McGee conducts in-depth interviews with basketball greats like Julius Irving, Oscar Robertson and NBA coach Doc Rivers.
“Our mission is to represent the voice of real players, and that’s the guiding light in all of this,” Norman told the Daily News.
“In the summer of 2020, when the world was burning, I was sitting there trying to figure out what kind of content I was going to produce right now. The players were inspired to use their voices, to call for justice, to wake up the world, and to really get involved and involved. .”
Revealing footage shows the NBA’s decision to restart the season by quarantining players in what they call a “bubble” when basketball — and much of the sports world — was on hold as the coronavirus swept the country and the world.
All 22 teams arrived at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, on July 7, nearly four months after the NBA season was suspended. Many of them stayed for nearly three months.
Jordan and Quoilin, best known for the music videos of Kanye West, Nas and Travis Scott, used a multi-layered narrative style to showcase the emotions of players when they were isolated and faced intense isolation.
During this surreal 18-month filming, players face life-changing events: They have to deal with an unknown virus that is rapidly killing thousands of people in order to keep the multi-billion dollar The dynamism of the basketball industry, they are cut off from the outside world.
Meanwhile, social justice protests and marches are breaking out as the country grapples with the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
“As an NBA player, I’m not going to be left out of any conversation at all,” Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown says in the video. “First of all, I’m a black man, and I’m part of this community.”
In an even more harrowing scene, Rivers, 60, revealed his own racism when skinheads burned down his home for “interracial marriage.”
“It’s one thing to tweet, but it’s another to get out there and embody what you’re saying,” Philadelphia 76ers’ Mattis Thybulle as the camera cuts to him taking to the streets with Black Lives Matter protesters said.
Social justice activists and victims of police brutality, including writer and activist Kimberly Jones, who rallied for the advancement of black people, were also heard on “Game Change Game.”
“This movement that we call the Black Lives Matter movement is actually the Black Lives Matter movement, because we haven’t even started talking about Black Lives Matter… We are in the streets every day fighting for recognition and justice for the Black Death, ‘ said Jones.
“We couldn’t just be like a straight documentary type story… We wanted something visually exciting that spoke to players in the same language they spoke,” Norman said.
Jordan described the film as timeless and timely.
“I have to say, because of what it’s about and what it’s like in 2022, we’re still going through the same thing, we’re still fighting for justice, we’re still fighting for our rights as people, as black and brown people,” co-director told The News.