synopsis

RAYMOND LEWIS: L.A. LEGEND tells the true story of the mythical basketball legend from Watts California who was blackballed as a rookie from the NBA in the early 1970s following an ugly contract dispute with the Philadelphia 76ers. The film features exclusively uncovered archival footage dating back over 50 years, along with a deep array of over 45 personal interviews that tell the incredibly strange and heartbreaking tale of a once-in-a-generation talent who was shunned by a game he was destined to dominate. Part historical recovery, part deep personal excavation, the film takes the viewer on a moving ride through one of the sport�s least known, but perhaps most incredible personal journeys of all time. Steeped in the unique history and imagery of South Central Los Angeles and the tumultuous civil rights movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s, L.A. LEGEND offers a unique reflection of the racial justice movements happening today in both sports and U.S. society.

cast

Raymond Lewis, Jerry Tarkanian, Sonny Vacarro, Dr. Harry Edwards, Reggie Theus, Lorenzo Romar, Michael Cooper, Gene Shue, Pat Williams, Adrian Chivers, Kamilah Lewis, Randy Echols, Dwight Slaughter, Eddie Williams

directed by

Ryan Polomski, Dean Prator

director's bio

Ryan Polomski (Director) is a television and documentary filmmaker and editor based out Los Angeles. A longtime basketball fan and Philadelphia native, this is his second independent feature project. This is the first film for Dean Prator (Co-Director), who was raised and still resides in Los Angeles, CA.

screenwriter

Ryan Polomski, Dean Prator

producer

Dean Prator, Ryan Polomski

runtime

92 minutes

country

US

category

Feature Documentary

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