Chance the Rapper and the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade are returning to their Chi-town roots as the producers of an upcoming documentary about a basketball team in Chicago’s West Side.
Against the backdrop of this battered neighborhood, Shot in the Dark follows the teens of Orr Academy’s high school basketball team and their head coach Lou Adams, who dishes up rigorous training regiments designed to keep his players off the streets. The film—directed by Dustin Nakao Haider—is an intense look at the lives of these students, navigating the violence and poverty that permeate their daily lives, trying to avoid getting caught in what one of the players refers to as the community’s “quicksand.”
For Dwyane Wade, the story hits a personal note. “Early on in my life, I grew up with my mom,” Wade told Oprah in 2013. “My mom was on drugs and my family was in the gang environment, so it was a rough childhood.”
At 9 years old, he moved in with his father, to a vastly different area of Chicago. A lot of the boys in Shot don’t get the same opportunity. “Forty boys on my team don’t have fathers,” coach Adams can be heard saying, before the trailer reaches a climactic peak. “Forty guys that depend on me everyday.”
SHOT IN THE DARK PREMIERES ON FEBRUARY 24, 2018 ON FOX SPORTS. WATCH THE TRAILER BELOW.
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