The Rebound

The Miami Heat Wheels wheelchair basketball team is rising in the ranks of the league, but struggling to fund their way through the season. The players confront adversity on and off the court, determined to reach for new heights. Despite a disappointing early defeat in the National Tournament, the Heat Wheels are pushing to make another run for the title, and new dreams beyond the hardwood.

The film goes beyond the sidelines to meet Mario, a tough street-smart young man who found a new start after getting shot on his senior prom night, to the humble Orlando who was paralyzed after an attempted kidnapping, and Jeremie, a star athlete and hip-hop artist born with spina bifida and cerebral palsy.

With each victory, the team gets closer to the idea that anything - even a shot at the national championship title - is possible.

  • Shaina Allen
  • Michael Esposito
  • Mario Moran
    Key Cast
  • Jeremie "Phenom" Thomas
    Key Cast
  • Orlando Carrillo
    Key Cast
  • Nick Nanton
    Executive Producers
    Visioneer: The Peter Diamandis Story; Esperanza; Jacob's Turn
  • JW Dicks
    Executive Producers
    Visioneer: The Peter Diamandis Story; Last Line of Defense; Heritage
  • Shaina Allen
  • Jeremy Bircher
  • Abel Okugawa
  • Will Bangs
    Second Heart; When the Ocean Met the Sky
  • Mandy Harvey
  • Jeremie "Phenom" Thomas
  • Brian Gordon
    Creative Consultants
  • Marshall Davis Jones
    Creative Consultants
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  • Genres:
    Sports, Drama, documentary, non-fiction
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 5 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 3, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Miami International Film Festival
    Miami FL
    March 5, 2016
    World Premiere
  • Cinequest Film Festival
    San Jose, CA
    March 9, 2016
    California Premiere
    Kaiser Thrive Award
  • Miami Film Society - Special Presentation
    Miami FL
    United States
    April 19, 2016
  • Dallas International Film Festival
    Dallas, TX
    United States
    April 22, 2016
  • Sunscreen Film Festival
    St. Petersburg, FL
    United States
    April 29, 2016
  • Brooklyn Film Festival
    Brooklyn, NY
    United States
    June 10, 2016
    Audience Award - Best Documentary
  • No Barriers Film Festival
    Copper Mountain, CO
    United States
    June 24, 2016
    Colorado Premiere
  • Navajo Nation Museum - Special Presentation
    Window Rock, AZ
    United States
    June 18, 2016
  • Macon Film Festival
    Macon, GA
    United States
    Georgia Premiere
  • Gallup Film Festival
    Gallup, NM
    United States
    September 17, 2016
    New Mexico Premiere
    Best Documentary; Best Director / Best Editing / Best Cinematography for Documentary
  • Awareness Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    October 14, 2016
    Los Angeles
    Jury Award - Best Documentary
  • Naples International Film Festival

    Audience Award
  • Napa Valley Film Festival
  • Virginia Film Festival

    Virginia Premiere
  • Loft Film Festival

    Arizona Premiere
    Audience Choice Award
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
    November 22, 2016
    International Premiere
  • ReelAbilities NYC
    New York
  • ReelAbilities Boston
  • ReelAbilities Toronto
  • Vero Beach Food and Wine Festival
    Vero Beach, FL
  • Illuminate Film Festival
    Tucson, AZ
Director Biography - Shaina Allen

Shaina Allen is an emerging female director, DP and editor focused on telling impactful stories with creativity and purpose. Her experience includes documentary filmmaking, editing for sports and news broadcasting, and award-winning lifestyle cinematography. Shaina is Creative Director and Co-founder of Shaina Koren Cinematography.

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Director Statement

In a dog park alongside Biscayne Bay, I met a stranger who quickly became
a friend. This stranger was the passionate, but frustrated coach of Miami’s
wheelchair basketball team, Parnes Cartwright. It was Parnes’ frustration
about funding that led Michael to, unknowingly to me, volunteer me to film
the team. The plan was to create a short promo video that would show
what this team was really about for grant applications and meetings with
potential donors.
So it happened, less than a year out of college, I stepped into a community
gymnasium in a rough neighborhood of Miami. As I set up my tripod on the
baseline, one of the players zoomed by me and yelled “Watch out. We’ll run
you over”. Yikes! The game was fast, the players were passionate - arguing
over fouls and celebrating each made shot; then it hit me, this is just like
able-bodied basketball.
This was not what I was expecting, at all. I was interested, very curious - but
it wasn’t until I got to know the players that my passion for this team really
came to being.
When we’re kids, we’re told not to stare, point or talk about people with
differences. As we grow up and become more aware of the world, we
involuntarily continue to segregate ourselves. Yet, we continue to look out
of curiosity. Hold doors for people in wheelchairs, because that’s the proper
thing to do, right? We subconsciously wonder why they use a wheelchair, if
they can walk, often before we wonder what their name is.
When I got to know the guys on and off the court and became a fan of this
fast-paced competitive sport, I forgot about the differences, my perceived
notions of what it means to have a disability - the feelings that would
typically keep me isolated or make me feel uncomfortable. This story has
the power bridge this gap for the audience as well.
When making this film I wanted to give audiences all over the world a look
into the lives of these incredible athletes and show that at the core of all
of the challenges we face, whether we have a disability or not, we are all
The Rebound is a story about three people and their team who continue
to face challenges every day, just like the rest of us. It is real. It is human.
And my hope is that it inspires you to question your assumptions, open
your eyes to something new or to a stranger on the street, question your
own perceived limitations, and push to places you may have never believed
possible, I know it has done this for me.