The Scheme

The Scheme

A two-year undercover FBI investigation into college basketball corruption came to a dramatic climax on September 26, 2017 with the arrest of ten individuals. The U.S. Attorney from the Southern District of New York stood before a plethora of cameras, clumsily reading salacious sound bites crafted for maximum repeatability by the media. Christian Dawkins, a 25 year-old aspiring sports agent, initially facing 200 years in prison, refused to cooperate with the government and instead sits down for the first time to discuss what really happened behind the scenes. Christian reveals a story of greed, corruption, and lies that became the biggest scandal in college sports history.

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Pat Kondelis


Director: Pat Kondelis
Executive Producer: Michael H. Rockafellow, Jody M. Wingrove, Stephen Germer, Pat Kondelis, Peter Nelson, Rick Bernstein
Producer: Lynsey Tamsen Jones
Cinematographer: Matt Porwoll
Editor: Sean McQueeney
Music: Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans
Principal Cast: Christian Dawkins, Steve Haney, Dan Wetzel, Rebecca Davis O' Brien
Additional Credits: Supervising Producer: Lauren Barker, Titles & Motion Graphics: Jonathan Grubbs, Post Associate Producer: Justine Zárate


Public Film Contact
Lynsey Jones
Bat Bridge Entertainment
Publicity Contact
Patrick Byrne
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2020
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Crime, Documentary, Sports
Screening Section: Documentary Spotlight
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 118 mins