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Hoop Dreamin'

An 8-year-old Tariq Edwards has recently been let out of school for the summer and all he wants to do is play basketball!! Unfortunately, Tariq and his friends realize they’ll never get to play at the neighborhood courts so they move on to other things. Tariq, still stuck on playing ball, gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he spots a basketball hoop for sale, but he doesn’t have enough money to purchase it. Tariq has to make a tough decision, to work for his hoop or enjoy his summer with his friends. Will his wildest dreams come true?

  • Nick Brooks
  • Nick Brooks
  • Nick Brooks
  • Milan Edwards
  • Taylor Toynes
  • Travion Fields
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  • Devin Smith
    Key Cast
  • Nick Brooks
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  • Nadir Shakir
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  • Q Lee
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  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
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    6 minutes 17 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Nick Brooks

Nick Brooks is a filmmaker born and raised in Washington, DC. Nick graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and went on to receive a Master’s degree in Education from George Mason University. While pursuing his Master’s, Nick taught Kindergarten, First Grade and Middle School in inner city of DC. Here is where he found his passion for serving his community and educating young minds. Merging his newfound passion with his love for creativity and art, Nick began writing film and created a children’s books series, The Adventures of Yani. As a filmmaker Nick strives to create powerful images that not only entertain, but inspire and educate. Hoop Dreamin' is Nick's first film from his production company, 12th Tribe.

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Director Statement

The film Hoop Dreamin' was created for two very specific reasons.

The first being to inspire young men of color around the world and show them that any dream can be achieved through sacrifice, hard work and purpose.

The second reason this film was created was to provide an opportunity for young men in the community to exercise their creativity in a positive, productive way. The young men in this film all attend school in the South Oak Cliff feeder pattern of Dallas, TX which has been deemed the "worst" feeder pattern in all of Dallas, TX. Having these young men create this film promoted teamwork, incentivized good grades in school and most of all showed them that they are brilliant, talented individuals capable of all things. My goal was to expose these young men to something they've never experienced, broadening their minds and inspiring new passions.