NBA Films for Fans created with OLG is a Toronto International Film Festival Special Event, featuring films created by fans for fans, in celebration of the NBA's landmark 75th anniversary season.
As part of the celebration, NBA.com will look at how the world of film and basketball world often intertwine, including a closer look at the five films set to premiere at the festival. After previewing the short films "Born Identities," "Inheritance" and "Shorty," we now take a look at "The Shot," directed by S.M. Turrell.
"It's off to Leonard, defended by Simmons. Is this the dagger? ... OHHH! GAME! SERIES! TORONTO HAS WON!"
Kawhi Leonard's game-winning buzzer-beater in Game 7 of the 2019 Eastern Conference Semifinals sent shockwaves around the NBA universe. The ball bounced on the rim four times, lasting what felt like an eternity as an entire country waited to see if the shot would fall in hopes of it sending the Toronto Raptors to their second Conference Finals in franchise history.
In S.M. Turrell's "The Shot," the moment gets magnified in relation to the history of the Raptors' franchise and what it meant to the city of Toronto and the country of Canada.
The Shot by @smturrell is a visceral return to THE shot, and a marker of history for those who didn't - a rhapsody to that indelible sports moment.- NBA Canada (@NBACanada) September 7, 2021
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"The Shot" is a visceral return to the moment for those who saw the shot and a marker of history for those who didn't. Through stylized imagery, a gripping montage and a hypnotic music score, the film merges with a personal monologue to create a rhapsody for the indelible sports moment.
Turrell is a native of Ontario, a 2020 TIFF Filmmaker Lab alumnus and a Juno and MuchMusic Video Award-winning director of more than 100 music videos for artists including Michael Bublé, Good Charlotte, Billy Talent, Hawksley Workman, Lights, and Sum 41.
His television credits include "Falling for a Killer" for Amazon Prime and Gemini Award-winning "The National Parks Project." He has also directed short films such as "Follow" - which was co-produced by Rhombus Media - and "Odessa," a Grand Jury Prize Winner of the Gasparilla and Sana Fe Film Festivals.
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