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Q Ball

Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 7pm at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center–555 Middlefield Road, Atherton, CA.

Screening followed by a Q&A conversation with director, Michael Tolajian, and Harry "ATL" Smith, featured in the film.

Across the Bay from the NBA champion Golden State Warriors is another Warriors team, one that plays only home games. Felony convictions derailed the lives of the San Quentin Prison squad, some of them promising players. The rocky road to rehabilitation is the point of the game in this eye-opening, inspirational documentary, executive produced by Kevin Durant, who calls his experience playing against San Quentin “unforgettable.” Q Ball‘s focus is on determined men grappling indelibly with the gravity of their crimes and reaching for redemption.

The film zeroes in on about-to-be-paroled star player Harry “ATL” Smith, who has not surrendered his NBA dreams; Anthony “Ant” Ammons, a lifer who has become a mentor to younger inmates; and head coach Rafael Cuevas, a convicted murderer who understands his role in preparing his players for life on the outside. For all three men, the team is not just a means of recreation, but a form of family. The story closely examines life on the inside, not just for the Warriors, but for all the inmates in a prison that prioritizes the rehabilitation of convicts who will one day finish serving their time and rejoin society.

  • World premiered at SFFILM Festival 2019
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Q Ball Film Images - Inmates Behind Fence

Press Coverage for Q Ball

San Francisco Chronicle
Review by Jessica Zack

“With an assist from Kevin Durant, ‘Q Ball’ shows the power of basketball.”

 

Variety
Reviewed by Dennis Harvey

“…’Q Ball’ offers proof that rehabilitative programs like this one offer more than just a chance for prisoners to show athletic excellence; they also provide an opportunity for individual growth. Its slam-dunk message is that such low-cost projects should be encouraged at every long-term lockup in the land.”

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