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The first feature film by Koo (dir. of The West Side, founder of explores the high-stakes world of youth basketball.
AMATEUR premieres on Netflix April 6, 2018.
AMATEUR premieres on Netflix April 6, 2018.
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2,336 backers pledged $125,100 to help bring this project to life.

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AMATEUR premiere day! THANK YOU


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Poster, Podcast, and an Invitation to a Screening!


Hey guys,

Flurry of updates here, including: the poster for AMATEUR; a podcast on the making-of; and an invite to a screening!

Keep your eye out for a Backer Survey — we'll be sending that shortly, to confirm addresses etc. I'm sure many of you have moved in the past seven years! 

It's been so rewarding to see the Trailer for AMATEUR generating so much sharing and discussion — some of the Facebook and Twitter versions shared by our actors already have millions of views.

Screening invitation

We're doing a special advance screening of AMATEUR in New York and you're invited!

Thursday, April 5, 2018 8pm

SVA Theatre 333 West 23 Street, New York NY 10011

This is free and open to the public, at a large theater, so if you get there early you should get in. It'd be wonderful if you're able to join us as a backer who was there at the beginning, and meet some cast and crew. BUT, if you're not in New York or you're busy that night — your digital downloads will be there for you shortly thereafter.

AMATEUR Special Advance Screening - click for details
AMATEUR Special Advance Screening - click for details

Note: Kickstarter backers who backed the film at a level that included tickets to the NY premiere — which is this screening — should have already received a separate invite. If you RSVP you will be on the list to be admitted first along with cast and crew, and then the screening will be opened to the public.

Podcasting the making-of

I'm doing a podcast on the making of AMATEUR, soup to nuts, covering the last seven years from a filmmaker's perspective. Click play below to listen to episode one! I will be posting new episodes on Soundcloud and No Film School as we record them.


Finally — though anti-climatically, since you just saw it in the invite above — here's the film's poster. Netflix did a fantastic job with the key art, perfectly contextualizing the film.

 Thanks everyone — keep your eyes peeled for the Backer Survey!


Here we go! Check out the AMATEUR trailer


At long long last I can finally share this with you all! 

Here is the official trailer for AMATEUR, just released by Netflix:


The full film comes out April 6 on Netflix — and, exclusively for Kickstarter backers, on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital download.

I'll be back very soon with more details, backer surveys for delivering your long-awaited rewards (finally!), and more exciting news!

A few more details on the film below!

Thank you all — can't wait to share it with you.


About Amateur 

14-year-old basketball phenom Terron Forte has to navigate the under-the-table world of amateur athletics when he is recruited to an elite NCAA prep school.

Amateur stars Michael Rainey Jr., Sharon Leal, Ashlee Brian, Corey Parker Robinson with Brian White and Josh Charles. The film is written and directed by Ryan Koo and produced by Jason Michael Berman, Chip Hourihan and Mark Moran with Michael Finley, Tony Parker, Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens, Ben Renzo and Caroline Connor serving as executive producers. The film will premiere on Netflix on April 6, 2018.

Checking in from post-production and sharing our terrific cast


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Five years ago today


Five years ago today, this campaign became the most-funded narrative film in Kickstarter history (folks like Zach Braff and Spike Lee have since blown that record away many times over!). Thank you all for believing in me. Without the inspiration of this campaign I don't know that I would've been able to fight as hard as I did to get this film made for the last five years!

I had no idea it was going to take this long to get AMATEUR in the can (or that I was going to do so many more drafts of the script, or that was going to change the title from MANCHILD)... but I also had no idea that support from you all would lead to the opportunity to make this film with the support of Sundance and Netflix, and with a TERRIFIC cast and crew. I'll share more details about our cast soon but for now I wanted to wish you all a happy Kickstarter anniversary! 

I'll be editing (and recovering) for the next few months. I can't wait to finish this film and share it with the world sometime next year!

Here's some of the cast and crew taking over a diner at 4AM after picture wrap:

Thank you from us all!