Nov 29 - Dec 05, 2013
(Benny Safdie and Joshua Safdie, 2013, United States, 90 min)
The Safdie brothers are known for their irreverent, naturalistic comedies, but their unique style proves surprisingly well-suited to heartbreaking non-fiction in the new, quintessentially American documentary, Lenny Cooke.
In 2001, Lenny Cooke was the most hyped high school basketball player in the country, ranked above future greats such as LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. A decade later, Lenny has never played a minute in the NBA. The unfulfilled destiny of a man for whom superstardom was just out of reach, this poignant film turns the typical sports documentary on its head.