Kobe, Spike "Work" Tribeca

With a body mic and 30 cameras, the film gives unprecedented access to the Laker superstar

By Victoria Cavaliere
|  Saturday, Apr 25, 2009  |  Updated 11:59 AM CDT
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Kobe, Spike "Work" Tribeca

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“Kobe Doin’Work” is a documentary by Spike Lee about Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant.

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Who call tell Kobe’s story on celluloid better than Spike?

“Kobe Doin’ Work,” Spike Lee’s documentary on Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, will make its world premier at the Tribeca Film Festival today.

Lee, a conspicuous sports fan, boasts complete access to Bryant in this day-in-the life style documentary. The film uses a wireless body microphone and 30 cameras to capture Bryant’s every move -- on the court and off.
 
Phil Jackson allowed us to bring a camera into the locker room before the game, halftime, and after the game,” Lee said in an interview. “Phil Jackson never does that.”

“With unprecedented access, Lee follows (Kobe’s) arrival at the Staples Center through team meetings and pre-game warm-ups, during the game itself, and at the end of his day as he, his wife, and his kids get in the car to drive home,” the festival said.

Lee said the Lakes and NBA demanded little editing of the movie.

“There was not any change suggested,” Lee said.

You really get a feel for what these guys are saying out there. And they’re not mincing words either.”

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