Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Side Hustles: What's In Your NBA Player's Portfolio?

Lots of NBA players are entrepreneurs nowadays, forming businesses and partnerships to re-invest their finances. After all how many Maybach's can a man own? While some have done the record label thing, a few have gone the filmmaking route, Carmelo Anthony and Elton Brand included. One player who definitely has been known for his Hollywood friends, (Cash Warren & Jessica Alba), is Baron Davis, who recently started his own production company Verso Entertainment. Davis is one of the producers of a new documentary entitled Crips and Bloods: Made In America.

Crips and Bloods is directed by critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker Stacy Peralta (yes the same from Powell & Peralta if you're on your skate game), and narrated by Academy Award winning actor Forest Whitaker. The film description states:
Combining unprecedented access into the worlds of active gangs, Crips and Bloods offers a compelling, character-driven documentary narrative which chronicles the decades-long cycle of destruction and despair that defines modern gang culture.
Davis had this to say, “When sitting down with Stacy, I could see an erupting energy and passion to make a statement in life. We shared a vision of creating social change within our Los Angeles community. Through his filmmaking he has created a path of reason to engage all into helping one another, something that is most needed in our society.”

The film was an official selection at 6 different film festivals including Sundance and it's been shortlisted for the Best Documentary Oscar. It will open in New York at the IFC Theater on January 23rd and in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Sunset 5 on February 6th.

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