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 blocked, his boss David Starr (Zachary Quinto) tells him that the company is losing clients, the banks 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 give his client Erick Scott (Melvin Gregg) a new opportunity, as well as save the company from the lockout with the help of his former assistant Sam (Zazie Beetz).
The following day he visits Jamero Umber's mother Emera with an opportunity, but she refuses and confirms she is already the 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 the networks for the money. Ray asks her to cancel the deal, convinced that the players won't be paid well during the lockout that 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.
On the Back Court Day, Erick and Jamero have a game after a confrontation over their argument, which is recorded by the kids at the basketball camp. The video is posted on social media and goes viral, garnering 24 million views. Ray gets a new idea, which offers to stream games in streaming services and social media like Snapchat, YouTube, including Netflix, paying players 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. The audience also likes the film.
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Official website: netflix.com/title/80991400
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