Part of SFFILM Festival
San Francisco, CA 94114 United States
Director Michael Tolajian, producers Rebekah Fergusson and Jordan deBree, and executive producers Kevin Durant, Rich Kleiman, Jamie Patricof, and Katie McNeill are expected to attend.
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.
The film zeroes in on about-to-be-paroled star player 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 closely 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.
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.