July 22, 2020
Ad-supported COD service Crackle Plus, in partnership with Screen Media July 22 announced the U.S. premiere of original NBA basketball documentary feature, Anything is Possible – The Serge Ibaka Story, launching on Saturday, Aug. 1.
Making its world debut at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, this feature-length documentary was produced by Vinay Virmani at Uninterrupted Canada, along with Jordi Vilà and Serge Ibaka’s Ouenzé Entertainment. The doc follows the Toronto Raptors’ power forward as he makes an emotional journey back to the Republic of Congo with the Larry O’Brien trophy following the team’s 2019 NBA Championship.
Ibaka takes viewers through the streets he grew up on after he lost his mother and his father was imprisoned for political reasons. He talks basketball with the President of the Republic of Congo, returns to a restaurant where he once begged for food, and visits with his old coach and the basketball club where he fell in love with the game.
“I wanted to tell my story in a unique and different way,” Ibaka said in a statement. “I will never forget where I come from, and my journey to becoming an NBA Champion has been hard to believe. I think everyone can enjoy this film, but I will be especially proud if I can inspire at least one kid, in Congo or anywhere in the world, to give their all to reach for their dreams.”
“This stirring documentary will not just entertain our sports-hungry viewers, it will inspire viewers to witness how Serge overcame so many obstacles to achieve his dreams,” said Philippe Guelton, president of Crackle Plus.
The doc joins Crackle’s line-up of original content, including “Road to Race Day,” “On Point.” “Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters,” “The Clearing,” “Crown Vic,” “’85: The Greatest Team in Football History,” “Wonders of the Sea,” “Yelawolf: A Slumerican Life,” and “Going From Broke,” recently picked up for a second season.
Crackle is available in the U.S. and can be accessed on 25 devices and services including Amazon FireTV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), gaming consoles (PS4 and XBoxOne), Plex, iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktops at Crackle.com. The service is also available in about 500,000 hotel rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy chain.