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"Kingdome" is a powerful and inspiring documentary that chronicles the remarkable journey of the legendary basketball tournament in Harlem known as the Kingdome. For 37 years, this tournament has been a symbol of community, resilience, and the transformative power of basketball. Through the eyes of its founder, Terry "Huncho" Cooper, and the diverse cast of players, fans, and organizers, the film explores the profound impact of the Kingdome on the lives of those involved and the Harlem community at large. From its humble beginnings to becoming one of the most revered street basketball tournaments in New York City, the documentary captures the highs and lows, triumphs and challenges, and the unbreakable spirit that has defined the Kingdome. With a captivating blend of archival footage, intimate interviews, and immersive storytelling, "Kingdome" celebrates the shared passion for the game, the bonds formed on the court, and the legacy that continues to inspire generations. Through the lens of basketball, the film illuminates the power of unity, the resilience of a community, and the enduring impact of a tournament that goes far beyond the confines of the court.

  • Shawn Antoine II
  • Shawn Antoine II
  • Shawn Antoine II
  • Shawn Antoine II
  • Terry 'Huncho' Cooper
    Key Cast
  • Anthony Voice of Harlem Glover
    Key Cast
  • Mo Bamba
    Key Cast
  • Teyana Taylor
    Key Cast
  • Jim Jones
    Key Cast
  • Dame Dash
    Key Cast
  • Kevin Joseph
    Key Cast
  • Genres:
    Sports, Drama, Documentary Short, Documentary, African American, Basketball, Harlem, New York City
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Shawn Antoine II

Shawn Antoine II is a filmmaker hailing from Harlem, NY, with an innate passion for storytelling. As a child, he began editing videos of his youth football games, demonstrating his early talent for the craft. After playing football and studying public relations at the University of Rhode Island, Shawn produced and directed his first short documentary, The Movement, which affirmed his calling in filmmaking. He is committed to creating content that informs and inspires audiences, and has since directed and produced several short films. His film Showtime received notable acclaim and was selected for 58 film festivals, including a Best New Director award from the Hip Hop Film Festival.

Shawn's career extends beyond the film industry. In 2020, he was appointed Director of Admissions at Cardinal Hayes High School, his alma mater, making him one of the youngest directors of admissions in the country. Currently, he works as the assistant to the Executive Producer of the highly anticipated HBO series The Penguin.

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Director Statement

"Kingdome" is a documentary that holds a special place in my heart as a filmmaker and as someone deeply connected to the Harlem community. This film is an exploration of the power of basketball to unite people, to transcend boundaries, and to inspire hope in the face of adversity.

Growing up in Harlem, I witnessed firsthand the impact of the Kingdome tournament on the lives of individuals and the community as a whole. It became a symbol of strength, resilience, and the unwavering spirit of the people. I knew that I had to tell this story, to capture the essence of the tournament, and to pay homage to the individuals who made it possible.

Through intimate interviews with players, fans, and the tournament's founder, Terry "Huncho" Cooper, we delve into the rich history of the Kingdome and the profound effect it has had on the lives of those involved. We witness the triumphs and challenges, the moments of joy and heartache that have shaped this tournament over the course of 37 years.

As a filmmaker, my intention is to go beyond the surface and explore the deeper layers of the Kingdome's impact on the Harlem community. This film is not just about basketball; it's about the relationships formed, the dreams realized, and the sense of belonging that the Kingdome has fostered.

With a visual aesthetic that captures the vibrancy and energy of Harlem, we aim to transport viewers into the heart of the tournament. Through the use of archival footage, emotional interviews, and powerful storytelling, we hope to evoke a sense of nostalgia and connection, both for those who have experienced the Kingdome firsthand and for those who are discovering it for the first time.

"Kingdome" is an ode to the power of sports to transform lives, to unite communities, and to create lasting legacies. It is a celebration of the human spirit and the unwavering determination to overcome challenges. Through this film, I aim to honor the legacy of the Kingdome and inspire audiences to recognize the strength and beauty that lies within their own communities.

Together, let us embark on this journey of discovery, celebration, and inspiration as we shine a light on the Kingdome and the incredible individuals who have made it a cherished part of Harlem's history.