This film is dedicated to my late friend Alex G, who passed away in the tragic Ghost Ship Fire on December 2nd, 2016. He was a solid friend, loving father, and a promising young director. In a way, this story embodies the passionate, drive, and commitment he had towards reaching a goal. Where our story end's Alex's continues up in the clouds just after take off. Rest in peace brotha.
Curtis is at a crossroads in his life. His dreams to become a legend could be derailed by the easy way out. Heavily Influenced by what he sees on television, he believes greatness is at his fingertips; but it’s only if he is willing to get past the hazards that stand in his way. Narrated by his future self, Curtis reflects on some of the challenges he will have to face if he truly wants to make it.
Jumpman is an analog fantasy and ode to basketball. The film is a stylistic exploration of naive ambition and dreams of grandeur inspired by a generation raised with Jordan. Growing up in early 90’s New York, it was easy to fall victim to circumstance. Idol worship and foolish ambition could be the saving grace to finding a way out.
Directed by Ron Brodie with cinematography by John Schmidt, this experimental short film was partially shot on 35mm in Brooklyn and Queens.
Ron has previously directed Airwalk’s skate documentary We Out Here and completed post production on the Tinie Tempah documentary Discovering Destiny.
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Young Curtis - Daequan Morrison
Old Curtis Voice - Kwabena Brenya
Jessica - Tytiana Irizarry
Dan - Sean J. Moran
Tray - Brandon Gilpin
Written & Directed by Ron Brodie
Additional Writing by John Schmidt
Executive Producers: Ron Brodie & John Schmidt
Produced by Tessa Travis
Director of Photography: John Schmidt
AC: Shaun Malkovich
2nd AC: Diana Emery
2nd AC: Selin Bonfil
Production Designer: Thiago Martins
Steadicam Operators: John Kopec & Devon Catucci
Audio Recorder: Opiyo Okeyo
Audio Mixing by: Jake Bloomfield Misrach at Thump Studios
Wardrobe: Tara Denman
Wardrobe Assistant: Caroline Schimmenti
Casting by: Kwabena Brenya & Jamie Carroll
Edited by: Caitlin Carr
Additional Editing by: Ron Brodie
Compositor: Sohee Sohn
Sound Design and Mixing by: Matt Giordano at Plush NYC
Process and Transfer: Metro Post NYC
Color Grade by: Daniel Silverman at Moving Pictures Company
Original Score by: Winterman
Design and Graphics: John Schmidt & Opiyo Okeyo
Iris Irizarry, Tony Kam, Panavision - Mary McGee, Sohee Sohn