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Project of the Day: 'The Legend of Swee' Pea'

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire March 19, 2014 at 11:12AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.


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Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"The Legend of Swee' Pea"

Tweetable Logline: An NYC basketball savant, felled by drugs and bullets, embarks on an improbable NBA comeback, cementing his reputation as a flawed hero.

Elevator Pitch: Lloyd Daniels's unlikely rise to the NBA is the stuff that myths are made of: the most sought-after college basketball recruit of his generation, he got busted buying cocaine in a police sting operation. Two years later he was almost killed after getting shot three times in the chest while negotiating an $8 crack deal.  Yet he somehow managed to make it to the NBA without having played a single college game, with remnants of bullets still in his body, and with years of crack addiction behind him.

Production Team: Daniel B. Levin- Producer, Director of Photography
Karl Hollandt- Producer
Kelsey Kuno- Animator
Giovanni P. Autran- Cinematographer, Editor
Eric Newman- Associate Producer
Annemarie Lawless- Writer

About the Production: After many years wondering when someone would make a documentary about Lloyd "Swee' Pea" Daniels, first-time director Benjamin May decided to take the matter into his own hands. First motivated to document the athletic grace of a basketball prodigy, he's now driven to create a portrait of an unrepentant lone wolf. As charismatic as he is cunning, Lloyd Daniels is a hustler who plays life the same way he played ball.

After many years wondering when someone would make a documentary about Lloyd "Swee' Pea" Daniels, first-time director Benjamin May decided to take the matter into his own hands. First motivated to document the athletic grace of a basketball prodigy, he’s now driven to create a portrait of an unrepentant lone wolf. As charismatic as he is cunning, Lloyd Daniels is a hustler who plays life in the same way that he played ball.


Current Status: We are halfway through production. We are raising funds to complete principal production and create a fine rough cut of the film.

For more information and to support this project: Kickstarter Page

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