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True North: Inside the Rise of Toronto Basketball (Feature)

True North: Inside the Rise of Toronto Basketball (Feature)

| 1 h 29 min

On the heels of the Toronto Raptors’ historic NBA Championship and the record-setting number of Canadian draft picks, the Toronto hoop dream is more alive than ever. In this feature-length doc, director Ryan Sidhoo shines the spotlight on 12-year-old Elijah Fisher, 15-year-old Keone Davis and 18-year-old Cordell Veira as they navigate today’s youth basketball machine in pursuit of their own NBA dreams.

  • creator
    Ryan Sidhoo
  • director
    Ryan Sidhoo
  • producer
    Shirley Vercruysse
  • line producer
    Jennifer Roworth
  • director of photography
    John Price
  • editor
    Graham Withers
  • composer
    Alex Punzalan
  • sound designer
    John Diemer
    Troy Slocum
  • additional camera
    Chris Romeike
    Jesse McCracken
    Matthew Nauser
    Andrew Bissonnette
    Mike McLaughlin
    James Pace-Cornsilk
    Chris Wardle
  • sound recordist
    Ryan Cox
    Nick Davey
    Neil Curschman
    Benjamin Barton
    Dane Kelly
    Nathaniel Robinson
    Kevin Brown
    Mike Kool
    Bernie Ozol
    Max Hirtenstein
    Justin Lacroix
    Zach Thorpe
  • coordinator, interviews
    Mike Hamilton
  • production coordinator
    Veronika Paz
    Nathan Conchie
  • production assistant
    Patrick Sue-Chan
    Mackie Montgomery
    Paul Kim
    Marcus Armstrong
    Chris Niesing
  • still photographer
    Yasin Osman
  • researcher
    Caroline Coutts
  • assistant editor
    Mike Howey
  • re-recording mixer
    Isabelle Lussier
  • sound editor
    Luc Léger
    Michelle Hwu
    Chris Robinson
  • digital colourist
    Serge Verreault
  • graphics
  • VFX
    Bun Lee
    Cynthia Ouellet
  • technical coordinator
    Wes Machnikowski
  • studio administrator
    Carla Jones
  • executive producer
    Shirley Vercruysse
  • executive director
    Michelle van Beusekom


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Ages 13 to 18

Diversity - Black Studies
Family Studies/Home Economics - Adolescent Development
Health/Personal Development - Fitness/Physical Activities
Physical Education - Fitness

An intimate documentary following five aspiring basketball athletes. Ideal for classroom discussions, assignments, and projects related to youth sports. This documentary series covers the influential role corporate sponsorship has in youth basketball. Do you believe this relationship is exploitative? What are the potential moral problems that could arise from this situation? Are there any other larger societal issues you see reflected in the concept of the “basketball factory” or the series as a whole? Explain your answers. What overarching themes do you see connecting the five different people spotlighted in this series? What similarities do their stories share, and how do they differ? How do the people and themes of the series relate to your own life, experiences, and ambitions?

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