Spike Lee films a game-in-the-life of Kobe Bryant

April 30, 2009 6:46:17 PM PDT
You could call Spike Lee the basketball auteur. No other filmmaker has sought to accurately portray basketball as much as Lee has. He cast Ray Allen in 1998's "He Got Game" and shot some of the most famous Michael Jordan commercials. He's also making a documentary for the National Basketball Association about Jordan's last two seasons.

Lee's current round ball film is "Kobe Doin' Work," a documentary of one game in the life of Kobe Bryant. Inspired by the 2006 soccer film "Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait," Lee used 30 cameras to capture Bryant's every move in a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs on April 13, 2008.

Bryant later recorded a commentary for the film, describing his thought process behind every shot, every screen, every pass. As it happened, Bryant laid down the commentary just hours after scoring 61 against Lee's beloved New York Knicks in February.

The film, which is scored by Bruce Hornsby, premiered this week at the Tribeca Film Festival. It will air 8 p.m. EDT May 16 on ESPN.

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