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Shaquille O’Neal announced as producer of upcoming film, KillerBees, by Orson and Ben Cummings, along with the artworld executive producer Glenn Fuhrman and producer Larry Gagosian

Shaquille O’Neal, the legendary N.B.A. player and recent Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, has just signed on as a producer of the upcoming film, Killer Bees, a documentary on the high school basketball team in Bridgehampton that exposes their struggle with keeping hope alive amidst racism, politics, and economic disparity in the Hamptons. Written and directed by Orson and Ben Cummings, the artworld is deeply involved with the project, including Glenn Fuhrman serving as executive producer, who has worked with Shaquille O’Neal on curating two art exhibitions with The FLAG Art Foundation, Size DOES Matter, 2010, and SHAQ LOVES PEOPLE, 2014. Renowned gallerist Larry Gagosian has also signed on as an associate producer along with Eric Lane, Goldman Sachs Partner.

Film Synopsis

KILLER BEES is a documentary film that explores how Bridgehampton’s African American community came to exist in the heart of the Hamptons and its struggle to survive. The story is told through the lens of the Bridgehampton School basketball team, the Killer Bees, following Coach Carl Johnson and team members, both on and off the court, as they work towards their goal of defending their 2015 state championship title. As we get to know and care about the film’s subjects, we become at once hopeful for, and fearful of, what may lie ahead.

The film examines the history of the basketball team and how, for over half a century, it has remained a symbol of hope and achievement in the face of adversity. It offers an inside look at issues these kids face in the midst of one of the wealthiest communities in the country.

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Brother Cummings Film

Orson and Ben Cummings are the writers, producers, and directors of the feature film “If I Didn’t Care,” (retitled “Blue Blood” for its international release), and they a currently working on a political drama based on a book by their father, the late Richard Cummings. Their latest film, “Blood in the Water,” a psychological thriller based in Hollywood Hills, stars Willa Holland, Alex Russell, and Miguel Gomez and releases theatrically and on demand next week – see the trailer here: