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Lenny Cooke (2013)

In 2001, Lenny Cooke was the most hyped high school basketball player in the country, ranked above future greats LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. 15 years later, Lenny has never played a minute in the NBA. In this quintessentially American documentary, New York indie darlings Joshua and Benny Safdie track the unfulfilled destiny of a man for whom superstardom was only just out of reach. Produced by the Chicago Bulls ‘Joakim Noah

Suitably for Brooklyn born Lenny, the film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2013, where it received widespread critical acclaim.

“You’ve never seen a sports movie like this before.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“Compellingly unconventional” – Sheri Linden, LA Times

“A penetrating and ultimately heartbreaking inventory of hard lessons learned on and off the court” – Scott Foundas, Variety

“A gut-wrenching tale of missed opportunities, sheer chance and reconciliation with the past.” – Filmschool Rejects

“the Safdie Brothers deliver the film’s themes and characters’ feelings in tender, subtle moments” – Film Comment

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