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Houston! Encore screening added for LENNY COOKE - don’t miss this powerful cautionary tale

An encore screening has been added for Tuesday, January 7 at Vintage Park.

Houston! Encore screening added for LENNY COOKE - don’t miss this powerful cautionary tale

Did you miss the Houston premiere of LENNY COOKE this past weekend? You have another chance to catch the powerful new documentary – an encore screening has been added for Tuesday, January 7 at Vintage Park.

At 18, Lenny Cooke could see into his future and it was full of expensive houses, fast cars and enough money to where he could return to his childhood neighborhood and open a YMCA and a movie theater across the street from one another. In 2001, Cooke was a superstar – one of the nation’s most hyped high school basketball players and a young man who was ranked higher than future legends Lebron James, Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. Everywhere he went, people told Lenny that he was a shoe-in for the NBA draft immediately following his graduation from high school. The previous year, the number one draft pick had been a high school senior and this had blown the doors off any previously held expectations about what level of success a high school athlete should expect going into the NBA without college.

Why, then, is Lenny Cooke living a life of obscurity ten years following his graduation?  As he turns 30, Lenny Cooke has never played a day in the NBA and is stuck in the sidelines, watching other athletes live the life that should have been his destiny. What mistakes lead the young athlete way from superstardom?

LENNY COOKE is a must-see documentary that tracks the stalled dreams and crushed hopes of one athlete. Hubris, ego and expectations only get you so far and LENNY COOKE is a fascinating, if tragic, story of a young man discovering humility, learning from his mistakes and – hopefully – inspiring a new generation of high school athletes to make the right choices when their shot at superstardom comes.

The film, directed Ben and Joshua Safdie and culled from hours of footage shot by producer Adam Shopkorn, explores some of the larger issues at play – how an industry can eat alive young talent, whether or not the NBA draft process is comparable to a slave auction – but don’t expect a definitive answer. These questions are seen through the prism of one athlete – Lenny Cooke – and the world that was just outside his reach. If you liked HOOP DREAMS or know a young athlete who hopes to make it big in the world of professional sports, LENNY COOKE is a must watch. The film is a cautionary tale told in chronological order.

LENNY COOKE plays Tuesday, January 7 at 7:30 PM at Vintage Park

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