EXCLUSIVE: 1091 Pictures is partnering with NBA champ Matt Barnes and filmmaker Joslyn Rose Lyons to take a deeper dive into the lives of athletes after their pro careers.
(R)evolution is an eight-parter that “profiles the evolution of the athlete, exploring their revolutionary work beyond sports,” the company explains. The first episode will chronicle Barnes’ journey from NBA “bad boy” to becoming an entrepreneur and community activist. The episode will feature interviews with Barnes’ father and friends including Stephen Jackson and Ice Cube.
“It’s important to tell athletes’ stories from our perspective,” Barnes said. “Being in the NBA for 14 years taught me firsthand why it’s so necessary for us to control our narrative.”
“As storytellers, we must be courageous enough to shine a light on the areas of our lives that are often left unseen,” added Lyons, who most recently served as a producer on Speaking Truth to Power, the winner of this year’s NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Documentary. “The inspiration behind creating (R)evolution is to highlight the parts of these athletes’ stories that the mainstream often leaves out of focus.”
Said Greg Maurice, director of content acquisition at 1091 Pictures: “Not only does Joslyn’s talent as a filmmaker speak for itself, she is a great mentor to young women who are interested in the film industry. Knowing Matt as well, I know how much his peers and current NBA players respect and admire him, not only as a professional but as a role model, and a great father.”
Barnes retired from the NBA in 2017, after winning a championship with the Golden State Warriors in his last season,. He’s appeared on ESPN’s The Jump and Get Up and co-hosts Showtime Sports’ podcast All the Smoke. He owns a cannabis brand named Swish and also founded Athletes vs. Cancer, which provides resources for the families of cancer patients while raising awareness about new treatments.
1091 Pictures, which is a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company, is in talks with several platforms about the docuseries, with plans to bow in July. (R)evolution is executive produced by Barnes, Lyons, Greg Maurice, Ray Young, and Jelani McCoy.
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