Last week, Nike Sportswear held an advanced screening of Spike Lee‘s documentary on Kobe Bryant, “Kobe Doin’ Work“. Held at 21 Mercer, they transformed the store into a mini sized movie theater complete with popcorn and nachos! You got the perks of the theater but the luxury of someone bringing it to you and no sticky floors here folks!
Spike Lee was in attendance and introduced the film. For the next 83 minutes we watched Kobe at work. The film followed him during the Lakers face off with the San Antonio Spurs in the Spring of 2008. Wearing a wireless mic and 30 cameras from all different angles on him the viewer gets an intimate look at Kobe on the court and in the locker room. Kobe narrates the film and shares his thoughts and feelings during the game, after the game and about the game. He talks about how running out onto the court before the game still gives him “goosebumps”. Watching the game Kobe gives you the inside scoop on how certain players play and what to watch out for. He laughs and jokes along the way, talking trash in Italan to teammate Sasha Vijacic, Kobe calls his team “the United Nations of Basketball” with teammates hailing from so many different Countries. After the game win or lose he always reflects what could have gone better on the court. Although not the coach, he was portrayed as a mentor and leader amongest his team. And really when you got the skills to pay the bills and the years of experience like Kobe, this makes complete sense.
Continue the read to watch video of Spike Lee doing Q and A, words straight from Kobe and info on Spike Lee’s documentary on Michael Jordan!
After the screening and 2 bags of popcorn later, Spike Lee was kind enough to answer questions from the audience. He explained that he wanted to show the game from a different persepective, Kobe’s perspective, how Kobe sees it and lives it himself. When asked what inspired him to do this film, Lee spoke of being inspired by a documentary featured at Cannes in 2006 called, Zidane: Portrait of the 21st Century, a documentary on French soccer player Zinedine Zidane.
In todays world of reality t.v., social media web-sites and following celebs on Twitter, it seems that the worlds of your everyday “average” person and celebrities are getting closer. Although your pockets might not run as deep as Kobe’s or you aren’t rolling a ride like his films like these help to bring more personality and “real people-ness” to celeb’s. “I still feel like I’m a kid…in the driveway in Philly” and although he’s traded up the half court of a cement driveway to laquered hardwood floors playing to millions of people word wide, he remembers that it has to be fun and that they, as a team, have to make it fun. And Kobe’s perspective on curse words and sports? “It’s like the period at the end of the sentence.” F$#k YEAH.
“Kobe Doin’ Work” is part of the Tribeca Film Festival and is showing now thru May 2nd, check show times here. Spike Lee is gearing up to work on another basketball documentary on the legendary Michael Jordan. Working with 500 hundred hours of unseen footage from MJ’s last year in the game, this is certainly going to be huge. If your still sitting on Jordan kicks and gear, I’d say hang on just a little bit longer…a documentary like this is sure to cause a frenzy. Damn I wish I still had my Mar’s Blackmon t-shirt…SMH.
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