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The Legend of Swee’ Pea

Directed by Benjamin May
Documentary Feature
U.S.A. | 80 min | 2015

A “mystical understanding of the game” made Lloyd “Swee’ Pea” Daniels a New York City basketball legend by the age of 16. Christened the “next Magic Johnson”, his career effectively ended at age 21 after being shot 3 times in the chest after a tussle over $8 of cocaine. The Legend of Swee’ Pea follows the twists and turns of fortune in the life of a basketball prodigy: his dramatic downfall, miraculous comeback, and, finally, the bittersweet confrontation with a life imperfectly lived

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First time Director Benjamin May was a recipient a Mcknight Foundation Grant for The Legend of Swee’ Pea, which premiered at Doc:NYC 2015. Ben received Best Documentary Feature award for the film at the Black Hills Film Festival, and also received Best MN Made Documentary at the 35th Annual MSPIFF 2016. He was awarded Best Director at the 2016 Victoria TX Indy Film Festival. Ben lives in Minneapolis with his wife Annemarie.

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Film Information

Directors: Benjamin May
Country: U.S.A.
Year: 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 80 min.
Rated: R


Producer: Daniel B Levin
Writer: Annemarie Lawless
Cinematography: Daniel Levin
Editor: Giovanni P. Autran

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