High Flying Bird is a 2019 American sports drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Starring André Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan, Bill Duke, Caleb McLaughlin, Jeryl Prescott, Justin Hurtt-Dunkley and others.
Netflix on Thursday, January 17, 2019 released the trailer:
High Flying Bird | Official Trailer | Netflix.
Throughout the film, NBA players Reggie Jackson, Karl-Anthony Towns and Donovan Mitchell appear through different talking heads, where they are being interviewed individually about their experiences as rookies joining the big league.
Ray Burke (André Holland) is an agent working in a New York sports agency, which is in the middle of a lockout. After his credit card is declined while at an upscale restaurant, his boss David Starr (Zachary Quinto) tells him that the company is losing clients, the bank accounts and credit cards of the employees are frozen, and that he could be fired along with other employees. This forces Burke to look for a plan that could save the company from the lockout, as well as give his client Erick Scott (Melvin Gregg) a new opportunity, with the help of his former assistant Sam (Zazie Beetz).
The following day he visits newly drafted Jamero Umber's mother Emera with an offer, but she refuses and confirms she is already the only agent and lawyer that her son needs. Burke's former wife, Myra (Sonja Sohn), tells him that the company is in a lockout and they need to renegotiate new terms, but they will need to wait a month to settle with the TV networks for the money. Ray asks her to cancel the deal, convinced that the players won't be paid well during the lockout, which could last six months. Meanwhile, future teammates Erick Scott and Jamero Umber (Justin Hurtt-Dunkley) have an argument on Twitter, much publicised by the media.
Back Court Day is an annual event at a community center which holds a basketball camp for local kids and features appearances by star athletes. While Erick is signing autographs and answering questions from the kids, Jamero shows up with his mother in tow. Erick and Jamero confront each other about their Twitter argument. They end up playing a basketball game, which is recorded by the kids. The video is posted on social media and goes viral, garnering 24 million views. Ray gets a new idea, to stream games on streaming services and social media like Snapchat, YouTube, including Netflix, which would enable players to make money during the lockout. Erick is not convinced and feels he could put his place in the NBA at risk, but he accepts.
Here is the full cast and characters of High Flying Bird.
The film High Flying Bird was scheduled to be released on January 27, 2019 (Slamdance) and on February 8, 2019 (United States) by Netflix.
The duration of the film is 91 minutes. The film's budget is $2 million.
High Flying Bird filming. Principal photography began in February 2018, in New York City and the film wrapped on March 15, 2018.
High Flying Bird got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 6.2/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 93/100. The audience also kinda likes the film.
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Official website: netflix.com/title/80991400
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