The acronyms NHL, NFL, NBA constitute the essence of American team sports, brimming with dreamy prestige, unimaginable money, millions of fans and shots at history. Lenny Cooke, a simple Brooklyn boy, had all that within reach. Billed as the next Michael Jordan, in 2001, Cooke was rated the nation’s #4 high-school player, leaving behind even LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Meanwhile, the latter two triumph on the court and bask in the American dream, but obese Lenny clumsily lumbers off the couch, because no NBA team drafted him. The Safdie brothers’ documentary shows the painful clash of dreams and reality, but also considers the responsibility and morality of the American sports machine that hides hypocrisy in very attractive packaging.
Ben and Joshua Safdie are independent NY filmmakers who showed an early interest in cinema after their father bought them a camera. While attending Boston University, they founded Red Bucket Films with a group of friends. The brothers usually work together on directing, screenwriting, cinematography, production and even acting. They jointly produced the feature-length film Go Get Some Rosemary (2009). Lenny Cooke is their feature-length documentary debut.
2005 The Adventures of Slaters’s Friend (kr. m. / short)
2009 Go Get Some Rosemary
2012 Lenny Cooke (dok. / doc.)
2012 The Black Balloon (kr. m. / short)