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LeBron James' ​Company Will Host New Film Festival To Empower Athletes

The greatest basketball player of all time and his SpringHill company is set to empower athletes -- again.

LeBron James

NBA superstar LeBron James and his company SpringHill Co. will co-host a one-day film festival that will focus on empowering athletes and their storytelling at NeueHouse Hollywood set for July 13, according to the Los Angeles Times.

A collaboration of SpringHill's digital platform Uninterrupted and Tribeca Enterprises, The Uninterrupted Film Festival will join together high-profile athletes, filmmakers, and content creators for documentary premieres, post-screening panels, and state-of-the-game conversations.

The goal of the event is to highlight how the recent player empowerment movement led several athletes to convey their own stories, creating companies looking to speak on others, too.

"It's about time that we're able to celebrate and do this," Uninterrupted General Manager Jimmy Spencer said to the Los Angeles Times on Sunday. "I'm shocked that no one has done this before."

Additionally, James's festival will showcase two new films which will feature Black athletes, as well as their experiences: One film is Goliath, a new Showtime docuseries centered on Wilt Chamberlain, a tantalizing Philadelphia 76er and Los Angeles Laker turned Hall of Famer, while the other is Black Ice, a documentary about the history of racism in hockey through the stories of Black players, both past and present in a majority white sport. Black Ice is set to hit the theaters on July 14. James and Maverick Carter, SpringHill's chief executive, are one of the executive producers.

Adding on to the festival are the panel conversations, which will feature a variety of high-profile and up-and-coming athletes. Joining the conversation will be the NBA's best player in 2022-23, reigning NBA MVP Joel Embiid, who will not only introduce Miniature Geant, the production firm Embiid developed with the help of SpringHill, but also converse about what it means to have athletes creating content from the beginning until the end in Hollywood.

"The whole goal is just to try to tell people stories, and use my platform to inspire the next generation," Embiid told Variety recently.

There will be at least two more conversations thanks to former South Los Angeles prep school star and current New York Giants linebacker, Kayvon Thibodeaux, speaking on name, image, and likeness, as well as a conversation pertaining to empowering athletes.

Ending the show will be an hourlong taping of The Draymond Green Show, which is a popular podcast hosted by current Golden State Warrior Draymond Green.

Those who buy a ticket at will have access to one of the two screenings and the associated panel, as well as one of the three state-of-the-game conversations, organizers said. The podcast taping will need a separate ticket. The cost is $40 for general admission and $25 for students.

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