Ben Gordon's documentary, an interview with Daemian Brown

Sometimes fortune smiles upon you, and last night was one of those nights.   I spent about a half hour discussing Ben Gordon's new documentary with Daemian Brown, the director, producer, and long time friend of Ben about the documentary. After hearing more about it, I think it has a chance to be very special.

The documentary starts on March 1st, as the Bulls are hoping to make a charge to the playoffs and continues on through his signing with the Pistons recounting the playoff chase, playoffs against Boston, and the free agent wooing process all from the perspective of a star player in a contract year.

Think back to how special that time period was.  The great run up to the playoffs where the Bulls are blasting good teams at home and come from behind in the standings to get in up until the choke in the final game of the season forcing us to face Boston rather than Orlando. 

The absolutely epic playoff series where our subject has one of the most memorable shots of the past decade. All through the perspective of a player in a contract year who then enters into free agency.

It's such a unique perspective to view a unique period, and unlike a typical documentary, Daemian had unlimited access and the complete trust of Ben. He'll offer up a candid view of Gordon showing his off-court life throughout the process as well as his on court one.  The documentary is being completed prior to finding a sponsor for it, so it promises to be the story Ben and Daemian want to tell rather than the story that ESPN (or whomever) wants to create.

Over the course of the conversation, I also had a unique opportunity to discuss Gordon with someone who gets to see the real Ben Gordon and got to ask a lot of questions about how Ben viewed his teammates, the city, and the organization. 

One surprising thing I heard was that Gordon truly loved being in Chicago. In fact, he just left Chicago for Detroit a few days ago, spending his whole summer here.  That surprises me largely due to how under appreciated Gordon felt to me in the city and clearly at this point, there's no PR reason to project out a love for the city which he's leaving.

Other comments didn't surprise me.  Gordon's ability to compartmentalize the negotiation process and treat it like any business negotiation.  His understanding of where the Bulls were coming from even if it didn't match where he was.  So though he had disagreements over his value with management he maintained strong relationship with his teammates, especially Deng and Noah and any arguments about Hinrich vs Gordon doesn't extend past the fans.

There were hints that Gordon felt slighted at times though, we discussed Gordon's rookie season, and how the Bulls didn't make a strong push to publicize him for rookie of the year, instead pushing all of their rookies in one campaign when Gordon was the only one with a realistic chance to win.

The documentary promises to offer a unique perspective covering an exciting time in Bulls history, and I think it's a must watch for Bulls fans when released even if we already know it doesn't come with a happy ending.

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  • Where and when can you find it?

  • Doug, do you know if this is the same Ben Gordon documentary that Jillian Jesk was working on?

  • Hmm lets just hope it's done better than his energy drink because I kinda would like to see this.

  • So, only documentaries about "A" list stars can be truly special? I'm curious how you feel about "Hoop Dreams", a documentary where NOBODY ever makes the NBA.

    If the story is great the documentary will be great, period (regardless if it's about Kobe, LeBron, D-Wade, or any other "A" list NBA superstar).

  • We won't know what this documentary will be about until it's done and we have seen it (read 3 months from now apperantly). And the analogy to Hoop Dreams is more than fair in that it used the sport of basketball to frame a uniquely compelling story, something that this documentary might attempt to do as well (again, neither one of us knows if it will). Personally I'm not going to slam it for some inane reasoning like Ben Gordon being less of a complete player than Lebron James... Just like Hoop Dreams it might not be about basketball at all, and if you don't think there is a uniquely compelling story buried in just about EVERY professional athlete (especially an undersized one that played on two continents as a teenager and is a former NCAA champion) then you probably aren't the target audience or don't understand dramatic potential.

  • In Aristotle's 'Poetics' great drama is defined as a symbiotic function of Character, Action (Plot), Music, Spectacle, Language, and Theme. What you have described here...

    "The documentary starts on March 1st, as the Bulls are hoping to make a charge to the playoffs and continues on through his signing with the Pistons recounting the playoff chase, playoffs against Boston, and the free agent wooing process all from the perspective of a star player in a contract year."

    ... Is a function of setting. Nothing more. I don't expect you to admit anything, except that you won't know what this documentary will truly be about until you have seen it. Any further comment on this is nothing more than conjecture.

  • Trailer for Ben Gordon Doc

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hb8UC7PM2bM

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