New York, NY– March 6, 2020 – Last night, A Kid From Coney Island – the soulful documentary based on the life of former NBA player, Stephon Marbury premiered at the iconic Brooklyn Academy of Music. In attendance included Stephon Marbury, executive producers Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman, producers Forest Whitaker, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Jason Samuels, directors Chike Ozah and Coodie Simmons and more. The screening of the documentary also included a Q&A moderated by media personality Gia Peppers with most of the cast and crew of A Kid From Coney Island.
A Kid From Coney Island is slated for a March 10th limited theatrical release and is distributed via JDS Sports – a holding company that invests in the intersection of sports, media, and entertainment and includes SLAM Media, RTG Features, 1091 Media, Five-Star Basketball, VidMob, Transmit.Live, INFLCR (acquired by Teamworks), and more.
SYNOPSIS Coney Island, New York is famous for a few things: Nathan’s Hot Dogs, Spike Lee’s He Got Game, and a kid from the housing projects named Stephon Marbury. A boy, who at the ripe age of 5, was told that he was going to the NBA. He had the weight of the world on his shoulders given that his three older brothers (who were elite basketball players in college) never made pro. For Stephon, there was no choice, but to redeem his family name and build a global legacy in the sport of basketball, but not without its downfalls. From Executive Producer, Kevin Durant, A Kid From Coney Island is a fascinating and honest portrayal of the turbulent, yet inspiring career of Stephon Marbury.
A Kid From Coney Island was a no-brainer debut film project for RTG Features. Stephon Marbury, the first-ever high school diarist in SLAM Magazine, came of age at the same time and in the same city that SLAM was born. Additionally, this film brings together four JDS Sports portfolio companies (RTG Features, 1091 Media, SLAM, and VidMob) across the full spectrum of content, from development to distribution to promotion.