About this film

In the 1950s, legendary high school basketball coach Lofton Greene led the recently racially integrated River Rouge High School Panthers to a record number of state championships in a league of otherwise segregated schools. Now, almost 70 years later, LaMonta Stone, a former Panther himself, has returned to the struggling industrial town of River Rouge to help the Panthers chase the school’s 15th State Championship. In this coming-of-age story, Stone and four of his student-athletes strive in their quest to fulfill generations worth of work on and off the court. In addition to its primary characters, the film includes appearances by Michigan State Basketball Head Coach Tom Izzo, Detroit Pistons announcer George Blaha and longtime Free Press high school sports writer Mick McCabe, among others. Michigan premiere.

After the films:  On Wednesday, Shawn Windsor, Free Press sports columnist, talks to Hamoody Jafaar, director and producer; Razi Jafri, producer; LaMonta Stone, director of basketball operations at Eastern Michigan University and former boys’ basketball head coach at River Rouge High School; and Legend Geeter, who plays forward on EMU’s men’s basketball team and played for River Rouge. On Friday, Andrew Birkle, assistant sports editor at the Free Press, talks to Jaafar, Jafri, Stone and Geeter.



7 p.m. Wed., April 10, Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts

6 p.m. Fri., April 12, Michigan Science Center (IMAX)

Available virtually


Director and producer:
Hamoody Jaafar

Razi Jafri

LaMonta Stone,
Sam Widdoes and Mohamed Awan

Ben Garchar
and Chent

Osei Essed

Tommy Daguanno
and Richie Trimble

Executive Producers:
Jesse Ford, Sam Pollard
and Mohannad Malas

Sound Designer:
Milo Cantor

Music Supervisor:
Taylor Rowley