Two of Chi-towns finest, NBA star Dwyane Wade and Chance The Rapper have teamed up for a new sports documentary titled “Shot In The Dark“. The film follows the inspiring yet tumultuous story of a local basketball team at Orr Academy high school on Chicago’s South Side. Plagued with a barrage of unfortunate life situations, surrounding the team, the story centers mainly on two of their star players, Tyquone Greer and Marquise Pryor, who were leading scorers on the team, along with their head coach Lou Adams at Orr Academy. Albeit, this is not your typical “Rudy” story. These boys could ball. But their fight off the court was what would inspire their success on the court. We see the young men’s fight for survival, and a desire to be greater than their circumstance. The film not only showcases the balance, pride, and refuge that sports provided, but the level of discouragement that one’s environment can have on anyone. No matter how talented you are.
With regards to the film, Dwayne Wade said in a press release:
“Basketball empowered me to overcome the challenges of growing up on the south side of Chicago….It’s important to share these true stories of triumph to inspire the next generation to achieve their dreams when faced with life’s obstacles.”
Chance the Rapper, too, highlighted the importance of these stories:
“I was seeing so much negative media surrounding Chicago, and I knew there were some other stories to be told. Shot in the Dark is an authentic and realistic look at high school sports in Chicago and what it means for our youth, it’s not really a game for some of us.”
The documentary is directed by Chicago based filmmaker Dustin Nakao Haider, who also recently co- produced ESPN’s “Religion In Sports” with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Handling production along with Wade and Chano, is local Chicago recruiter and scout Daniel Poneman who initially pitched the idea to Wade back in 2014. Poneman also started the “Shot in the Dark Foundation”, which helps enable free basketball showcases annually at Orr. Last year’s event allowed more than 250 high school and junior college players showcase their talents in front of hundreds college coaches.
The film which debuted last weekend in NYC, is the second motion picture featured in FOX’s new “Magnify” series. Diving into the ups and downs on the lives of athletes in various levels of thier careers.
Shot In The Dark will premiere on Feb. 24 on FOX. Check out the trailer below.