Public Projects

“Anyone’s Game”:

New York? Los Angeles? Miami? Chicago? — The world’s top basketball prep school is not where you think it is. Tucked away on farmland in the middle of Canada lies basketball’s best kept secret: Orangeville Prep; the little known basketball program that is arguably the best in North America after sending 30 players to NCAA Division 1 schools and 7 to the NBA since opening its doors only 6 years ago. Despite the success of the program, OP has never received the recognition it deserves, so they continue to fight for that respect.
“Anyone’s Game” dives deep into a season with OP as we have been granted unprecedented access to a society that rarely lets you see the underbelly of what makes these programs tick. Set against the backdrop of the high stakes’ world of the prestigious Grind Session prep basketball circuit, the docu-series takes a deep look into one of the most unique and successful programs in this cut throat world.

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“Hate Me Now, Thank Me Later”:

Many dream about playing basketball in the NBA, but some are willing to work harder than everyone else to make that dream come true. So what’s the difference between the Dreamers and Doers? What separates the “good” from the “greats”? Where is the line between commitment and obsession? Is obsession a bad thing? What are you prepared to sacrifice to be the BEST? With remarkable access behind the scenes, “Hate Me Now, Thank Me Later” is an original docu-series featuring premier NBA skills coach Drew Hanlen — who has been called the Tony Robbins or Gary Vee of Basketball — featuring 3 of Drew’s many NBA clients: Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics and Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards – as Drew works with some of the best basketball players on the planet to make them even better… and help them navigate a career, and life, along the way.

“NBA Jam”:

“NBA JAM” is an original documentary featuring the remarkable history of one of the most successful sports games ever! Back in the early 90s, a small gaming company in Chicago was searching for its next big release. Midway Games was riding high after its successful launch of “Mortal Kombat” and they turned to their Lead Developer for the answer. Mark Turmell and his team set out to create a game that would capitalize on the coolness of the NBA. The programmers didn’t know it at the time, but these underdogs from the American mid-west were about to become pioneers of the “E-Sports” industry. A year after its release, NBA JAM became the highest-earning arcade game of all time with over $1 billion of revenue – – made entirely from quarters! Remarkable. Based in part on the 2019 book “NBA Jam” by Reyan Ali plus interviews with many athletes and gamers connected to the game, we tell the history of NBA JAM and its incredible lasting impact on gaming, sports and culture 30 years later.

“Game of Privilege”:

BestCrosses Studios is excited to announce that we have optioned the book “Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf”, as the basis for a new and powerful documentary series.

The book, written by historian Lane Demas, traces the remarkable history from the advent of golf to the arrival in the 1990’s of golf superstar Tiger Woods. It’s a remarkable story of race and golf in American culture. As national civil rights organizations debated golf’s symbolism and whether or not to pursue the game’s integration… and other passionate African Americans nationwide organized social campaigns, filed lawsuits and went to jail or risked death in their effort to desegregate golf course… many black golfers and black caddies often took matters into their own hands and helped shape the game’s subculture.

The documentary series will explore the role of race, class and public space in golf course development, the stories of individual black golfers during the age of segregation, the legal battle to integrate public golf courses and the little-known history of the United Golfers Association (UGA) – a black tour that operated from 1925 to 1975 and had to fight segregation and exclusion. The UGA forged one of the most durable black sporting organizations in American history, yet at the same time fought to join the all-white Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA.)