Thursday, March 19, 2009

SPIKE LEE'S 'KOBE' FILM GETS NY PREMIERE: Telepic about Lakers star to screen at Tribeca Film Festival before ESPN debut.

*Spike Lee's "Kobe Doin' Work," a telepic capturing a day in the life of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, will have its world premiere next month during the Tribeca Film Festival before its May debut on ESPN.

During last year’s playoffs, Lee and his cinematographer, Matthew Libatique, spent the day with the NBA standout. With unlimited access to Bryant before, during and after the game, the result is a definitive portrait of one of the sport’s greatest athletes.

The April 25 bow is part of the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. Following its premiere, "Kobe Doin’ Work" will be televised Saturday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPNHD.

“We are proud to kick off the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival with a documentary showcasing not only Spike Lee's fervent love of basketball, but our collective commitment to great storytelling," said Keith Clinkscales, senior vice president ESPN content development. "'Kobe Doin’ Work' and the entire sports festival slate speak to the power of film and sports to inspire, motivate and transform.”

Seven more sports-themed films will screen during the festival's April 22 – May 3 run in lower Manhattan.


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