Sunday, September 24, 2006

Showtime for 'Basketball Man'

Academy members, sports buffs and doco fans alike are closer to seeing the documentary that's been the talk of the summer.

Frozen Pictures' feature Basketball Man will be previewed Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

Approximately twenty minutes of the documentary about basketball inventor Dr. James Naismith will be screened at the House of Blues in the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, at a star-studded event sponsored by the Naismith International Basketball Foundation and hosted by comedy superstar Tommy Davidson.

Basketball Man also focuses on Naismith's grandson, Ian, as he promotes sportsmanship by showing off the original rules of the game. Ian travels the country with the rules, appraised at between 10 and 20 million dollars, in a gold attache case.

The film is jam-packed with basketball stars and legends, including Steve Nash, Carmelo Anthony, Kirk Hinrich, Tayshaun Prince, Bob Cousy, Oscar Robertson, Rick Barry, Norm Nixon, Red Auerbach, Pat Summitt, John Wooden and NBA commissioner David Stern.

Basketball Man, directed by Burt Kearns, is produced by Brett Hudson, Kearns and Jerry Peluso, with original music by (former Hudson Brother) Hudson. It will soon be available in a deluxe DVD set, after a limited theatrical release.

(Click the photo to enlarge the poster and find how to get tickets)

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