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Tweetable Logline: A look into Chinese Basketball through the eyes of a young American coach who overnight finds himself head coach in this foreign country.
Elevator Pitch: Every year, teams in the CBA (Chinese Basketball Association) import American players and coaches to make the games more exciting. For young assistant coach Norman DeSilva, China is the opportunity of a lifetime. When overnight he becomes head-coach of the Chinese Foshan Long Lions, he has to make his players fall in love again with the game of basketball in order to win. “Jiàoliàn [Coach]” is a rare time-capsule where cultures clash and come together through the universal game of basketball.
Director: Esteban Arguello
Producer: Jiang Xuan
Co-Producer: Giulia Caruso
Editor: Miranda Yousef
Composer: Roy Bemelmans
Graphics: Scott Grossman
About the Film: When I moved to China three years ago, I found myself in a foreign land, unable to speak the language and with no friends – until I realized that basketball courts are everywhere in China. Through the game of basketball, I could meet new people and communicate with them. I thought that NBA players and American coaches working in the CBA must have been going through the same feelings, and decided to make this film to explore the clash and coming together of these different cultures through something so universal as the game of basketball.
Current Status: Fundraising for post-production funds, missing color correction, additional graphics and titles, licensing archival footage, complete the score, sound design and mixing.