AMERICAN MAN Film Series, curated by Tova Gannana

Two ordinary inner­city Chicago kids dare to reach for the impossible—professional basketball glory—in this epic chronicle of hope and faith. This revelatory film continues to educate and inspire viewers, and it is widely considered one of the great works of American nonfiction cinema. ­ The Criterion Collection

This documentary follows two young African-Americans through their high school years as they perfect their skills in basketball in the hopes of getting a college scholarship and eventually play in the NBA. Arthur Agee and William Gates both show great potential and are are actively recruited as they look to enter high school. They start off at the same high school but unable to pay an unexpected bill for tuition fees, Arthur has to withdraw and go to the local public high school. The film follows them through their four years of high school and their trials and tribulations: injuries, slumps and the never ending battle to maintain their grades. Through it all, their hoop dreams continue.

Starring William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates

All tickets for the American Man Film Series are adult price, $11.25. 

Please join us at Suzanne Maurice Wine Bar across from the Lynwood Theater for a $5 glass of wine + small bites from Salumi Salami when you purchase your film ticket.

We would like to thank our generous sponsors who are all Bainbridge Island businesses for making American Man film series possible. 

Poster artwork by Lisa Hope

American Man Film Series is sponsored by:

Salumi Artisan Cured Meats

Rolling Bay Cafe

Firefly Salon

Fiscus Dentistry

Thomas D. Coe Attorney at Law

Bainbridge Yoga House

Restaurant Marche


Bainbridge Island Outfitters and Depot

Daily Flirtations

Willow Tree Market

The Harbour Public House