New York Times Critic’s Pick

“… [Killer Bees] uses the drama of basketball to tell a deeper story about race, class, and the excitement and heartache of young lives careening toward adulthood.”

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Film Journal International

“The new line about playing sports isn’t that it builds character—it reveals it.

And, sometimes, it reveals something about an entire community…”

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Los Angeles Times

“The “Killer Bees” of this modest, appealing sports documentary aren’t competitive apiarists but rather a high school basketball team in that New York enclave of moneyed celebrity, the Hamptons. And yet there’s one more layer of presumptiveness to penetrate: This isn’t a squad of rich kids — the mixed-race Bridgehampton High, and its mostly black basketball team, represent the year-round townsfolk who live, literally, on the other side of the tracks from the oft-publicized vacation-home wealth.”

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The Today Show: Craig Melvin interviews Shaquille O’Neal about Killer Bees.

Take a sneak peek at Shaquille O’Neal’s inspiring documentary ‘Killer Bees’

Shaq talks to Craig Melvin in The Hive. Take a sneak peek at Shaquille O’Neal’s inspiring documentary ‘Killer Bees’ by watching The Today Show interview.

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“[Killer Bees] tells the story of the Bridgehampton High School basketball team, winners on the basketball court, and a symbol of hope for its Hamptons community, where discrimination, gentrification and massive income inequality are a way of life.”

Jack Ford talks to former Bridgehampton Basketball Coach Carl Johnson and producer/directors Ben and Orson Cummings.

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“‘Killer Bees’ documentary explores hoop dreams in the Hamptons.
The movie uses basketball as a way to explore how Bridgehampton’s African-American community is being squeezed out by new development and rising real-estate prices. ”

Elijah Jackson, 20, Coach Carl Johnson, Jamari Gant, 20, all from Bridgehampton, stand inside the gym at the Bridgehampton School in Bridgehampton on Friday, July 20, 2018.

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