Spike and Kobe Play Tribeca

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    Spike Lee’s new hoops-themed doc, Kobe Doin’ Work will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25.

    Inspired by the French documentary Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, which follows the European soccer icon through one match, Kobe Doin’ Work presents a single basketball game entirely from the perspective of LA Laker and 2008 NBA MVP, Kobe Bryant.  Shooting with multiple cameras positioned around the Staples Center, Lee–a well-known basketball fanatic–captures every move that Bryant makes.  After its Tribeca debut, the documentary will air on ESPN on Saturday, May 16 at 7:30pm and then hits DVD the following Tuesday, May 19.  (Look for GIANT’s review in the upcoming May issue).

    Kobe Doin’ Work is one of eight movies that will be airing as part of Sports Film Festival, that’s part of the larger Tribeca fest.  Also on the docket is Lost Son of Havana, a documentary about Cuban baseball pitcher Luis Tiant; Rudo y Cursi, a dark comedy about a pair of soccer-playing siblings (played by Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna); and Love the Beast, actor Eric Bana’s directorial debut, which explores his life-long fascination with cars.

    For more information about the Tribeca Film Festival visit the festival’s official website.  And keep your eyes peeled for GIANT’s coverage when the 2009 fest kicks off on April 22.

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