An underdog basketball player from Chicago goes on a meteoric rise to become one of the best college point guards in the nation. But while he pursues dreams of the NBA, his success contrasts with the effects of gun violence on his friends back home.
Filmmakers: Nick Budabin
Chi-Town follows Keifer Sykes on his meteoric rise from Marshall High School on Chicago’s West Side to his improbable shot at the NBA. This exhilarating multi-year journey of the explosive point guard’s ascent is punctuated by personal loss, debilitating injury, and tragic violence. This is an intimate, raw, surprising and unique behind the scenes look at a true champion — and what it really takes to make it.
Nick is an award-winning nonfiction showrunner/director who has worked in television for over 15 years. His work includes series for VICE, A&E, MTV and OWN. Nick is a first-time filmmaker. An avid basketball player and fan, he has been preparing for a film like this his entire life.
Director: Nick Budabin
Executive Producers: Terry Minogue, David Gioiella, Mark Littman
Producer: Nick Budabin, Terrence Elenteny, Neal Usatin
Cinematographer: Matt Elkind
Editor: Chris Carson
Original Score By: Ali Helnwein & Daniel McCormick