Sweetwater: Nathan Clifton Story
“Sweetwater”, set in 1950, is the story of the first African American athlete to become a star in the NBA. Clifton became the third African-American player to be drafted by the NBA after Chuck Cooper and Earl Lloyd and the second to sign an NBA contract after Harold Hunter. Sweetwater was the first African American to make it to stardom - “The Jackie Robinson of basketball”. A historical true tale sequestered under the radar since its happening in 1950 which changed the game of basketball forever. On November 1st 1950, Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, a black man, walked onto an all white NBA court. Up until that moment, the ex-Harlem Globetrotter star turned New York Knick created a chain of events that would rock the sports world, defy political barriers, change the course of professional basketball as we know it and forever live in infamy as a forgotten sequestered moment in American history.
This is the story of the color barrier being broken in the National Basketball Association (NBA) by three brave men and the establishment of modern-day professional basketball.
The film is a very important, socio-cultural independent feature, shot in a marketing partnership and fully sanctioned by the NBA (National Basketball Association). The significance and importance of the people and events that changed the NBA and the game of basketball is what makes this true story so compelling. Audiences of today will be enlightened that it took decades not only for the game to be integrated but also for the million dollar contracts and endorsements of today. This film pays homage to the pioneers of the game and honors the sacrifices that paved the road to make the NBA the most populated African American sport, worldwide.
The team is set to begin filming in New York City and upstate NY (with tax concessions from the Governor of the State), Spring, 2017. This independently financed feature is written & directed by Martin Guigui, produced by Dahlia Waingort and Josi Konski with Spencer Proffer serving as an Executive Producer and Supervising Music Producer. The cast currently includes James Caan (Ned Irish, NY Knicks owner), Wood Harris (Sweetwater) and Nathan Lane (Globetrotters owner, Abe Saperstein) along with Brian Dennehy as the NBA Commissioner. Lawrence Fishburne and Patrick Warburton have joined the cast as well.
Our composer is Lalo Schifrin (Mission Impossible/Rush Hour), Oscar nominated Jack Green (Unforgiven/Bridges of Madison County) is the Director of Photography; Jack Taylor (Million Dollar Baby/Casino) is the Production Designer and Oscar winner Joel Harlow (Star Trek/Pirates Of The Caribbean) will do our Special FX and Key Make Up.
A world renown, major music personality and accomplished actor will play Louis Jordan. The soundtrack and cross promotional singles will be released by one of the major worldwide recording organizations. These team members will be announced shortly.