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Q Ball

Directed by Michael Tolajian

United States | Documentary | 97

11 Apr
Thu, Apr 11 at 7:00 pm
Castro Theatre

Guests Expected

Director Michael Tolajian, producer Rebekah Fergusson, and executive producers Kevin Durant, Rich Kleiman, Jamie Patricof, Katie McNeill, and Jordan deBree are expected to attend.

Description

Across the Bay from the NBA champion Golden State Warriors is another Warriors team, one that plays only home games. Felony convictions derailed the lives of the San Quentin Prison squad, some of them promising players. The rocky road to rehabilitation is the point of the game in this eye-opening, inspirational documentary, executive produced by Kevin Durant, who calls his experience playing against San Quentin “unforgettable.” Q Ball‘s focus is on determined men grappling indelibly with the gravity of their crimes and reaching for redemption, one three-pointer and defensive screen at a time.

The film zeroes in on about-to-be-paroled squad star Harry “ATL” Smith, who has not surrendered his NBA dreams; Anthony “Ant” Ammons, a lifer who has become a mentor to younger inmates; and head coach Rafael Cuevas, a convicted murderer who understands his role in preparing his players for life on the outside. For all three men, the team is not just a means of recreation, but a form of family. The story intimately examines life on the inside, not just for the Warriors, but for all the inmates in a prison that prioritizes the rehabilitation of convicts who will one day finish serving their time and rejoin society.

Director Mike Tolajian

Mike Tolajian received his MFA in Film & TV Production from the University of Southern California. He directed Bought & Sold (2003), winner of the Audience Award at the Urbanworld Film Festival; Making the Cut: The Road to Pebble Beach (2005); Once Brothers (2010), an episode of the series 30 for 30; Bluegrass Kingdom: The Gospel of Kentucky Basketball (2013), and episodes of The Drive: Pac-12 Football. A former producer with the National Basketball Association and Senior Coordinating Producer for Original Content with Pac-12 Networks, Tolajian is current SVP/EP for Original Content and League Partnerships at Fox Sports.

Film Details

Language English

Premiere World Premiere

Runtime 97

Country USA

Director Michael Tolajian

Producer Rebekah Fergusson

Editor Michael Long

Cinematographer James Niebuhr

Music Joel Goodman

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