Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Become a documentary sponsor, help fund film on the first African American in the NBA

How often do you get to say you helped fund a movie? Admit it, the idea sounds appealing. Well, there are numerous project you could probably choose from but I want to highlight one project that just started accepting funding.

"The First to Do It" is a documentary about Earl Lloyd, who has agreed to let Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah make a movie about his life. And what a life! According to their funding page at, Mr Lloyd became "the first African American to ever play in the NBA. [He also went] on to become the NBA’s first full time head coach, the NBA’s first African American to ever receive an equipment sponsorship and the first African American to win an NBA national title."

As an NBA fan, I'm honestly disappointed in myself for not really knowing much about Earl Lloyd and the legacy he has left. I guess I'll be one of the first people in line to see this film. Of course, I should probably make a donation first.

Directors Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah's last documentary ("Benji") focused on Chicago high school sports legend Ben Wilson which ended up on ESPN's popular '30 for 30' series. So if you are worried this is a good idea that might be placed in the wrong hands, think again. These are two guys who are relatively new, but can definitely hold their own.

But don't take my word for, check out their funding page and learn more about them, their project and how to get involved.

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