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One shot. One line. One life changed forever.

There are so many lines that divide us as people: race, religion, money. What if there was one line that brought us all together? What if you could be the one who helps us put eight exceptional students at the free throw line of Compton High School with the opportunity to win a college scholarship worth $40,000? Wouldn’t that be a pretty special line to be part of? Introducing, "Free Throw," the documentary/charity event created by Court Crandall, an advertising creative director, screenwriter of the films "Old School" and "A Lobster Tale" and author of the children’s book, "Hugville." After watching his son grow up playing basketball with a number of boys from Compton, Calif., Court decided he wanted to do something to help provide these children with an opportunity they might not have otherwise. He also wanted to do something to highlight the positive changes within Compton and help the good people who live and work there redefine the NWA “Straight Outta Compton” image that has defined the city since the early nineties.

How does "Free Throw" work?

From the roughly 100 seniors at Compton High School with a 3.0 GPA or better, eight student names will be drawn on Friday, March 11th. The lives of these eight students will be documented, and we'll learn about their hopes, dreams and obstacles as they prepare for the ultimate free throw competition in front of the entire student body on March 25. Half of everything we raise here on Kickstarter will go back into Compton Unified School District and toward additional scholarships for the students. The rest will make the difference in how many days we’re actually able to follow the boys and girls of Compton by covering equipment rentals and other hard costs. There are also substantial post-production costs we need help with as we attempt to pull the film together in time for Sundance in September. By donating to Free Throw, I hope you see that you’re not only supporting creativity, you’re helping change the lives of some great kids. Thanks for any support you can give— we really appreciate it.

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    A set of Free Throw stickers, plus the twitter shout out.

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    Your name in a special "thank you" section of the credits plus the stickers and the twitter shout out.

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    A DVD of "Old School" signed by Court Crandall, plus the "thank you", the stickers and the twitter shout out.

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    A DVD signed by Court Crandall of the final Free Throw documentary once complete, plus a signed "Old School" DVD, stickers, name in the "thank you" section and the twitter shout out.

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    Two reserved seats at the March 25th event in Compton, California (travel, room and board not included) plus a signed doc DVD, a signed "Old School" DVD, stickers, name in the "thank you" section and twitter shout out.

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    Two reserved seats at the eventual premiere of Free Throw in Los Angeles, California (travel, room and board not included), plus two reserved seats at the March 25th event in Compton, California (travel, room and board not included), a signed doc DVD, a signed "Old School" DVD, stickers, name in the "thank you" section and twitter shout out.

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