Showtime Sports Documentary Films is set to release a feature-length documentary based on the life of basketball star Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, titled “Stand.” The documentary will premiere in early 2023.
Directed by Joslyn Rose Lyons, “Stand” explores Abdul-Rauf’s personal and professional struggles, from being bullied as a child due to his Tourette Syndrome to being the target of hate speech and Islamophobia during his basketball career. The documentary film features exclusive interviews with several basketball and entertainment stars, including Stephen Curry, Steve Kerr, Shaquille O’Neal, Jalen Rose, Mahershala Ali and Ice Cube.
“It is an honor to collaborate with Showtime and the production team and to work with our director, Joslyn Rose Lyons,” Abdul-Rauf said in a statement. “Joslyn brought a stellar and brilliant vision to this film. I hope my story will help heal and bring a new perspective to the world.
The film marks Lyons’ feature directorial debut. Sarah Allen is executive producing alongside MSM’s Mike Tollin and Mason Gordon. Colleen Dominguez is a producer with Tom Friend and consulting producer David Kelly.
Watch the trailer below.
Also on today’s news:
• Hulu has released the official trailer for “Best in Dough,” an upcoming pizza contest series hosted by “Bachelor in Paradise” star Wells Adams. The series debuts on September 19 with its first three episodes. In “Best in Dough,” contestants will showcase their pizza-making skills to head judge Chef Daniele Uditi of Pizzana, along with judges Chef Millie Peartree and baker Bryan Ford. The series is produced by Jane Lipsitz of Alfred Street Industries, Dan Cutforth, Nan Strait, Dan Volpe, Cat Sullivan and Andrew Wallace. Candace Nelson and Chad Mumm and Mark W. Olsen of Vox Media Studios are executive producers alongside Dave O’Connor, Chris Ying and Christopher Chen of Majordomo Media.
Watch the full trailer below.
• Apple TV Plus announced Thursday the premiere date for season 2 of the Emmy-nominated series “The Problem With Jon Stewart”. The six-episode season will return worldwide starting October 7. Hosted by Stewart, the series focuses on current issues, with conversations from the perspective of stakeholders, experts and people facing these current situations. The series is produced by Stewart through his Busboy Productions. Showrunner executive producer Brinda Adhikari alongside James Dixon, Chris McShane and Richard Plepler through her Eden Productions. Lorrie Baranek and Reza Riazi oversee the producers and Kris Acimovic is the head writer.
HBO Documentary Films has acquired worldwide television and streaming rights to “Master of Light.” Directed by Rosa Ruth Boesten, the documentary film follows George Anthony Morton – a classical painter who spent a decade in federal prison for drug trafficking – and his life after his incarceration. “Master of Light” is produced by A One Story Up and Docmakers & Vulcan Productions, with Roger Ross Williams, Illia Roomans and Anousha Nzume serving as producers. Jody Allen, Ruth Johnston, Rocky Collins, Jannat Gargi and Geoff Martz produce the series.