Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Andre Holland, Melvin Gregg, Zazie Beetz
High Flying Bird is the latest from Logan Lucky and Unsane director Steven Soderbergh and Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney. Loosely based on the real life 2011 NBA lockout, the movie follows sports agent Ray Burke (Andre Holland) as he works alongside rookie player Erick Scott (Melvin Gregg) to pitch an opportunity that will shake up the business and end the lockout. Like his previous film Unsane, Soderberg shot High Flying Bird on an iPhone, but you’d be hard pressed to believe it. High Flying Bird is also written brilliantly, similar to Moonlight in its specific portraits of black characters, but is much more rapidly paced. Ultimately more about the money behind the scenes of professional basketball than the actual game itself, the film is a fascinating look into workers rights and black activism within this multi-million dollar business.