larry gagosian is making a basketball documentary with shaquille o'neal
Tackling racial tensions in the affluent seaside Hamptons, 'Killer Bees' follows a school basketball team's quest for both success and survival.
NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal has been nearly as powerful — or at least as prolific — in the movie world as he is in the basketball one. Making a film about a Bridgehampton School basketball team doesn't seem at all a career stretch for the man who himself graced the screen in Blue Chips and Kazaam, though his creative partner is a little more surprising. It's art world power dealer Larry Gagosian, who has teamed up with Shaq to tell the story of an African American community struggling and surviving in the heart of the very white seaside vacation hotspot, artnet reports. The two were brought to the project separately by a mutual friend, art collector (and the film's executive producer) Glenn Fuhrman. Titled Killer Bees, the documentary explores tensions in the affluent town by spotlighting a group of people typically excluded from their own neighborhood's narrative.
"I've driven past the Bridgehampton School millions [of] times and never really appreciated what the student body was about or any of the history," Fuhrman told artnet News. "It just sounded like a story that was really worth telling." Fuhrman signed on to the project after learning about it through director duo Ben and Orson Cummings. Apparently, approaching Shaq was an obvious decision — the former Lakers center had previously helped Fuhrman's FLAG Art Foundation curate Size DOES Matter and SHAQ LOVES PEOPLE in 2010 and 2014 respectively. Fuhrman then tapped East Hampton resident Gagosian as the film's executive producer. According to the Cummings brothers' Twitter account, production on the unlikely hopeful-hit is already well underway.
Text Hannah Ongley
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