Drew League documentary premieres at LA Film Festival
It's been quite the journey but the highly anticipated Drew League Documentary has arrived.
"The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce," premiered Saturday at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
When co-director/co-producer Baron Davis embarked on this project in 2011, he was still an active NBA player. Now, Davis hasn't played in the NBA since 2012.
The project started out as a way to feature NBA players and their exploits during the 2011 lockout but turned into a full fledged production about one of the premiere summer leagues in the nation.
What those involved in the production found out was the Drew League is about a lot more than just basketball.
"You start thinking it's going to be about basketball and you leave thinking it's about family," producer Ali Brown said. "To have that be the final thing you walk out of that theatre with is incredible.
"(The Drew League) has become this surrogate family for so many people. It is the core fabric of the community."
Davis was the driving force behind the production.
It's been Baron's passion project," Brown said.
Added Davis: "I grew up here and this is something that I played in and it's a big part of who I am in my life."
Saturday was a celebration for the film. The league, which is played on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer, had a short day for the premiere. Normally there are seven games played. There were just four on Saturday to allow everyone to attend the premiere.
"This story being told around the country like it is today, this is unique and it's a phenomenon and I'm just glad that I can be here to actually see it," Drew League commissioner Dino Smiley said.
"The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce," premieres to the general public on Monday at the Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live as part of the Los Angeles Film Festival.