NO CROSSOVER: THE TRIAL OF ALLEN IVERSON

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FILM SUMMARY:
On Valentine’s Day 1993, 17-year-old Bethel High School basketball star Allen Iverson was bowling in Hampton, Va., with five high school friends. It was supposed to be an ordinary evening, but it became a night that defined Iverson’s young life. A quarrel soon erupted into a brawl pitting Iverson’s young black friends against a group of white patrons. The fallout from the fight and the handling of the subsequent trial landed the teenager — considered by some the nation’s best high school athlete — in jail and sharply divided the city along racial lines. Oscar nominee Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) returns to his hometown of Hampton, where he once played basketball, to take a personal look at this still-disputed incident and examine its impact on Iverson and the shared community. – ESPN FILMS “30 for 30”

DIRECTOR:
Steve James — IMDb

PREMIERE:
March 2010 (SXSW)
April 13, 2010 (ESPN)

REVIEWS:
“Another win for vet filmmaker Steve James… a meticulously balanced, “Rashomon”-type account of the ’93 incident and its aftermath.” — VARIETY

“It’s at once troubling, exciting, fascinating, maddening and enlightening — a complicated and rich film that, like its titular subject, defies categorization and offers no easy answers.” — YAHOO! SPORTS

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