October 19, 2012 in Professional
Chris Webber and Peter Gilbert, who was the award-winning producer/director of amazing basketball documentary Hoop Dreams, recently announced they’ve formed a partnership to launch a new multi-media production company. From the news release:
Turner Sports analyst and NBA All Star Chris Webber, and Emmy Award winning director/producer Peter Gilbert, announced today the formation of their new film production company, Webber Productions. The Webber-Gilbert pairing will produce a line of films and documentaries that will focus on the various complex issues surrounding the intersection of sports, culture and society. Webber Productions will create projects focused on celebrating history, preserving legacies, and challenging the viewer on social issues that are relevant in the U.S. and abroad. Webber Productions also aspires to create a diverse content portfolio, which includes live events, cultural exhibitions, music and film projects.
Says Webber, “I am happy to start a company with a man like Peter Gilbert, who has proven to be one of the best in documentary film work. I look forward to learning from him and telling great stories around my passions, my community and my world with him.”
Gilbert, who met Webber during the making of the Academy Award nominated film “Hoop Dreams,” of which he produced and was director of photography, says: “I am thrilled to be embarking on this creative journey with Chris Webber. I have followed his career throughout the years, and he has always impressed me with his honesty and willingness to search for the truth.” Gilbert continues: “Chris’ knowledge, access and fan base within the sports world will allow us to produce cross-platform media projects that will examine the complexity of how sports and society reflect one another. The sky is the limit, and I am excited to have been asked by Chris to participate.”
Among the company’s first projects will be an as-yet untitled documentary about Webber’s life and career. Webber was the only Fab Fiver who was not interviewed for last year’s ESPN 30 for 30 documentary produced by Jalen Rose that chronicled the rise of Michigan‘s famed freshman class. Perhaps this film will be Webber’s chance to (finally) tell his version of what happened at Michigan.
The news release also notes the company is working on a documentary called The Dickerson Project, which tells the story of Earl Dickerson, a civil rights and political pioneer who was also the first African-American to graduate from the University of Chicago Law School.