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Swee’ Pea makes the cut – Reaches Funding Target

A couple of weeks ago we introduced you to a Kickstarter to help fund a documentary on streetball legend Lloyd ‘Swee’ Pea’ Daniels. Here’s the trailer:

Just yesterday we tweeted you, the BiE faithful, to help get this movie over the finish line. At the time it still needed another $12,400 to reach it’s total. As of this afternoon, on the final full day of fundraising, The Legend of Swee’ Pea has surpassed its $50,000 target.

I think it’s safe to say the European basketball community did its part to get the movie made so great job everybody. Daniels, who had several stints playing in Europe, has a fascinating story, and we’re looking forward to seeing it hit the big screen.


Swee’ Pea needs your help

The Legend of Swee’ Pea- extended trailer from Benjamin May on Vimeo.

A couple of weeks back we told you about a great Kickstarter looking for support in developing a documentary on Lloyd “Swee’ Pea” Daniels, a player who spent a couple of seasons in Europe having risen from playground legend to the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs. Right now it’s not looking like this film will get made as the producers are a long way short of their fund-raising goal.

BiE has literally zero bias here, no-one in the site stands to make a dime from the movie. We just really want it to get made because it looks awesome. From the footage we’ve seen outside of the extended trailer above (which for rights reasons we can’t share), it looks like a tale any basketball junkie wants to see told.

So, purely because we think you’ll enjoy this movie, we’re urging you to go to the Kickstarter page here and pledge your support.


Help Swee’ Pea make the big screen

In this gig I get a lot of unsolicited email. Most of it is nice and a huge chunk of it is begging for coverage. I tend to say no a lot because I’m not in the interest of spamming my readers. Every now and again, one of those unexpected mails is worth following up. This is definitely one of those exceptions. Allow me to introduce you to The Legend of Swee’ Pea.

Lloyd ‘Swee’ Pea’ Daniels was a playground legend whose quixotic life saw him signed up to UNLV, forced to leave the program over drug issues, eventually make his way to the NBA, and then a few stints in Europe with Pesaro, Galatasaray, AEK Athens, and Ovarense. Every baller has a story to tell but they guys behind this documentary have found a gem in Daniel. This is a player whose life is fascinating and worth telling.

In addition to the clip above I’ve seen some other unfinished portions which I sadly can’t share for rights reasons at present but trust me, the film-makers are on to something really special here.

To put it simply. If you want to see a great documentary about a fascinating character, support this project via its Kickstarter. You can also find out more at the film’s web site.

BiE will be making a donation next weekend to help it along and we plan on interviewing the film-makers in the coming weeks. If you have any questions you’d like us to put to them, leave them in the comments below.