I'm heading off to the Toronto International Film Festival tonight and one of the films I'm most looking forward to seeing is "More Than A Game."
This documentary chronicling the meteoric rise of NBA superstar LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, was writtten and directed by Kris Belman. It's the story of four friends from lower class families overcame their obstacles to win a high school state championship title in Ohio.
James, fresh off his gold medal win as a member of Team USA in Bejing, will attend the premiere along with several of his former teammates.
"We set out with a goal as kids and we wanted to accomplish that some way, some how by using basketball as a tool, not knowing that it was going to create other opportunities for us," James told the associated press. "We didn't know it was going to create a brotherhood and trust. We grew from kids into young men."
"More than a game mixes archival footage from James' days as a prep star at Akron's St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, along with one-on-one interviews with James and his teammates, home video and personal photos. Belman, who tracks their journey from 8-year-old kids to that championship season, actually started gathering footage for a 10-minute documentary while he was still a film student in college. But once he became more familiar with the players and coach Dru Joyce, Belman hooked up with producer Harvey Mason Jr. and developed "Game" as a documentary feature.
"We set out with a ggoal when we were 8 and accomplished it when we were 18," James said. "It's a great story and I wanted to get it out to kids that have a dream, that they should continue to go after it, believe in it and live it if they want to accomplish something."