The new trailer dropped this week for A Kid From Coney Island, a documentary about basketball player Stephon Marbury that premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. The film which follows Marbury’s journey from Coney Island all the way to Beijing, is directed by filmmakers Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah (Heart of Gold: The Noonie G. Story, Benji, The First To Do It); and will be released in select theaters on March 10 by 1091, formerly known as The Orchard.
Tribeca alums Chike Ozah and Coodie Simmons take viewers along on a deeply personal journey, following basketball star Stephon Marbury from his early days on the streets of Coney Island, through high school, and on through his career as a professional. Along the way Starbury’s closest friends and family share their insights of a kid pursuing a dream, but also the massive weight and expectation placed on him to obtain his goals.
As early as high school, this passionate kid from Brooklyn set his sights on the fame and fortune of the NBA, and those around him expected him to be the next New York basketball star. But the fight for the dream and the realities of a professional basketball career were perhaps not what anyone expected. Stephon’s journey demonstrates that fulfillment and happiness can often be found in the unlikeliest of places, and a world away from Coney Island. – Deborah Rudolph, Tribeca
Filmmakers Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah’s directorial partnership began with the acclaimed Kanye West video, “Through The Wire.” The duo went on to direct ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary Benji (2012), BET’s Muhammad Ali: The Peoples Champ (2016), which earned them an NAACP Image Award, and Martin: The Legacy of a King (2019).
The documentary is produced by Jason Samuels, Forest Whitaker, Nina Yang Bongiovi; and executive produced by Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman.