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SWISH

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SWISH is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 7-18
20 minutes
VIDEO
BIG C CREATIVE
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A dynamic, passionate and well-made documentary about journeys! Swish is the documented story of a youth basketball team that travels to the AAU National Championships to show their talent and gain experience. The documentary is narrated and presented by a very charismatic player named Tyler. He presents the film and documents everything that occurs with his team and playmates. It was interesting to see how the basketball tournament brings out the roles of being part of a team and to see the dreams from these young boys regarding their futures.

Tyler and his tem travel from Chicago to North Carolina to participate in the AAU tournament to experience what they are capable of. Throughout each scene, we learn more about what it means to be part of a basketball team and what it means to dream big.

The story reveals the personal experiences of these players, showing everything that they do once they get to the AAU tournament. The history of the tournament and the different locations where it takes place are shown. A beautiful detail is including not only the sports dreams of the players, but also their personal dreams.

The film was shot as a handheld documentary and feels more personal as the angles and scenes are viewed from the public's perspective. The music is very upbeat and strong. It reminds me of the type of music you might hear at the gym to increase your mood and energy. This effect is especially notable in the scenes where the team is playing, scoring or missing the basket. All the people involved are real, as are their experiences. As someone who has almost no sport knowledge, this film made me want to learn more about the meaning of certain techniques and terminology, such as bracket play or pool play. Also, it made me seek out more information about the Amateur Athletic Union and how it operates. My favorite part of the film is how Tyler narrates the story and drives the emotion experience. He is such a charismatic and passionate young man. As he expresses at the beginning, he has a condition that makes his knees hurt when standing for too long, and there is a scene where he may have to play and that is very emotional. This does not stop him. He is there at each game, narrating and supporting his teammates. He is a very talented kid and has the potential to become a sports broadcaster as he expresses many times in the film.

The message throughout the film is how sports afford a great opportunity to be healthy, create connections, make friends, and help you achieve your goals. We see how every player dreams about attending a major university and becoming a professional player. This documented experience shows how hard they are working to achieve those goals. It is an inspirational film for many who are pursuing sports or and want to get more involved.

I give Swish 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18, plus adults. It would play well at festivals that focus on sports, education or documentaries. Reviewed by David O., KIDS FIRST! Juror

A dynamic, passionate and well-made documentary about journeys! Swish is the documented story of a youth basketball team that travels to the AAU National Championships to show their talent and gain experience. The documentary is narrated and presented by a very charismatic player named Tyler. He presents the film and documents everything that occurs with his team and playmates. It was interesting to see how the basketball tournament brings out the roles of being part of a team and to see the dreams from these young boys regarding their futures.

Tyler and his tem travel from Chicago to North Carolina to participate in the AAU tournament to experience what they are capable of. Throughout each scene, we learn more about what it means to be part of a basketball team and what it means to dream big.

The story reveals the personal experiences of these players, showing everything that they do once they get to the AAU tournament. The history of the tournament and the different locations where it takes place are shown. A beautiful detail is including not only the sports dreams of the players, but also their personal dreams.

The film was shot as a handheld documentary and feels more personal as the angles and scenes are viewed from the public's perspective. The music is very upbeat and strong. It reminds me of the type of music you might hear at the gym to increase your mood and energy. This effect is especially notable in the scenes where the team is playing, scoring or missing the basket. All the people involved are real, as are their experiences. As someone who has almost no sport knowledge, this film made me want to learn more about the meaning of certain techniques and terminology, such as bracket play or pool play. Also, it made me seek out more information about the Amateur Athletic Union and how it operates. My favorite part of the film is how Tyler narrates the story and drives the emotion experience. He is such a charismatic and passionate young man. As he expresses at the beginning, he has a condition that makes his knees hurt when standing for too long, and there is a scene where he may have to play and that is very emotional. This does not stop him. He is there at each game, narrating and supporting his teammates. He is a very talented kid and has the potential to become a sports broadcaster as he expresses many times in the film.

The message throughout the film is how sports afford a great opportunity to be healthy, create connections, make friends, and help you achieve your goals. We see how every player dreams about attending a major university and becoming a professional player. This documented experience shows how hard they are working to achieve those goals. It is an inspirational film for many who are pursuing sports or and want to get more involved.

I give Swish 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18, plus adults. It would play well at festivals that focus on sports, education or documentaries. Reviewed by David O., KIDS FIRST! Juror

A youth basketball team travels to play at the AAU National championships and discovers friendship along the way.
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