Chi-Town follows Keifer Sykes on his meteoric rise from Marshall High School on Chicago’s West Side to his improbable shot at the NBA. This exhilarating multi-year journey of the explosive point guard’s ascent is punctuated by personal loss, debilitating injury, and tragic violence. At only 5'11 and surrounded by shattered dreams and wasted potential, the odds are stacked against Keifer at every turn. Keifer's focus on his goal and his never-wavering support for his community are inspirations. This is an intimate, raw, surprising and unique behind the scenes look at a true champion — and what it really takes to make it.

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Nick Budabin




Director: Nick Budabin
Executive Producer: Terry Minogue, David Gioiella, Mark Littman
Producer: Nick Budabin, Terrence Elenteny, Neal Usatin
Cinematographer: Matt Elkind
Editor: Chris Carson
Music: Ali Helnwein & Daniel McCormick
Principal Cast: Keifer Sykes, Lisa Sykes, James Sykes, KJ Sykes, Marty Satterfield, Shawn Harrington, Leevon Carter, Alfonzo McKinnie, Brian Wardle, Henry Cotton
Additional Credits: Additional Editor : Neal Usatin, Camera Operator : Dan Akiba, Camera Operator: Terrence Elenteny, Titles and Design: Mr. Wonderful, Post Supervisor: Robin Hall, Titles and Design: Mr. Wonderful, Additional Graphics: Joe Vaccarino, Jody Nazzaro: Sound Designer/Mixer, Chris Hengeveld: Colorist


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Year: 2017
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary, Sports
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 81:43 mins