This week, as I proofread the credits for Zuluhoops, I was reminded of all the people who helped make the film a reality. And a reality it is. Editing is finally complete and the sound mix is happening as I type this. I can't tell you how happy I am to finally reach the end of this long journey and I couldn't have done it without you.
A lot has happened since my last update. Here are some highlights:
Chicago's Kartemquin Films (the documentary titans who brought us films like Hoop Dreams and Life Itself) brought Zuluhoops into their KTQ labs program and have generously been providing feedback on the work-in-progress, as well as distribution strategies. Kartemquin also did the color-correction and converted all that all SD footage to HD. The results are pretty impressive.
Last fall, at the international Fulbright Conference in Washington, DC, Zuluhoops was featured at the closing night banquet. Words can't describe how it felt to receive a standing ovation from 350 Fulbright scholars for a film that wasn't even finished yet! Since that screening, several Fulbright chapters have hosted work-in-progress screenings in cities around the world. The most recent and memorable screening took place at UCLA in April. It was a thrill (and a huge relief) to see Ken and his family enjoying the film in their home town.
Zuluhoops also received finishing grants from The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Columbia College, and the Puffin Foundation to cover expenses like music rights and sound mixing.
Thanks for your patience throughout this process. It has taken longer than I would have liked! I hope to have actual DVDs for supporters in a month or two. I'll also be looking into ways to deliver the film digitally for those who are interested.
In honor of the power of persistence, I'm sharing a short excerpt from the film in which two students, Khulekani and Sthembiso, begin tackling the challenge of learning to do a slam dunk.