Lenny Cooke

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Professional sports is known as a true meritocracy, a field in which the cream really does rise to the top, as there’s simply too much money at stake to operate in any other fashion. In uncommon instances, however, inefficiencies can occur and gifted... read more
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Professional sports is known as a true meritocracy, a field in which the cream really does rise to the top, as there’s simply too much money at stake to operate in any other fashion. In uncommon instances, however, inefficiencies can occur and gifted players may fall through the cracks. Such is the story of Lenny Cooke. In 2001, Cooke was the number-one ranked high school basketball player in America, with future NBA greats LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony listed beneath him. Yet after declaring himself eligible for the 2002 NBA draft, Cooke, shockingly, ended up going undrafted, and became a journeyman playing in little-known leagues across the world. Today he lives in southern Virginia, a should-have-been-great who simply did not quite make it. The first documentary feature from American independent film scene fixtures Josh & Benny Safdie (Daddy Longlegs, The Pleasure of Being Robbed), LENNY COOKE explores the fascinating question of how, exactly, Cooke’s seemingly assured future could go so awry.

Original Release

12/06/2013

US Release

12/06/2013

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Cast

Lenny Cooke Self
Tom Konchalski Self
LeBron James Self / Self (archive footage)
Carmelo Anthony Self
Chris Bosh Self / Self (archive footage)
Raymond Felton Self
Joakim Noah Self
Debbie Bortner Self - Lenny's Guardian
Howard Garfinkel Self - Founder of Five-Star Basketball Camp
Curtis Sumpter Self
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie

Cast

Lenny Cooke Self
Tom Konchalski Self
LeBron James Self / Self (archive footage)
Carmelo Anthony Self
Chris Bosh Self / Self (archive footage)
Raymond Felton Self
Joakim Noah Self
Debbie Bortner Self - Lenny's Guardian
Howard Garfinkel Self - Founder of Five-Star Basketball Camp
Curtis Sumpter Self
Mike Jarvis Self - St. John's University Men's Basketball Coach
Mike Krzyzewski Self
Tom Farrey Self - ESPN Reporter
Demany Eastman Self - Lenny's Best Friend
Gavin Marchand Self - Lenny's Friend & Foxy Brown's Brother
Denton Foster Self
David Stern Self / Self (archive footage)
Kwame Brown Self / Self (archive footage)
Tyson Chandler Self / Self (archive footage)
Juan Dixon Self

Producers

Joakim Noah Executive Producer
Michelle Ngo Producer
Adam Shopkorn Producer
Carolyn Tate Angel Producer

Editors

Benny Safdie

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