Fall 2006 News

Dear Friends and Fans,

We hope everyone has had a very happy High Holiday season.

We’ve been hard at work finishing the greatest Jewish Basketball Documentary ever, and the final edit will be complete by mid-November of this year!


We are very proud to announce that renowned actor, Peter Riegert (of Animal House, Crossing Delancey, and The Sopranos fame), has recently completed narrating The First Basket

We’ve also added award-winning new team members, been featured at events from New York to Kansas, and entered into discussions with broadcasters and distributors. We will keep you posted as premiere time approaches, but in the mean time keep an eye on our web site.

Production News

Our next production milestone is a big one – completion of the online edit (i.e. the final cut of the finished film).

In other prodution news, an original score is currently being recorded by Tzadik Recording artist Roberto Juan Rodriguez (, which we are all anxiously anticipating.

New Team Members

In the Spring of 2006, Editor Barbara Ballow, Co-Producer Jennifer Crescenzo, Writer Chris Intagliata, and Composer Roberto Rodriguez joined our team. Barbara Ballow’s previous work includes editing the Academy Award-nominated documentary Autism is a World. Jennifer Crescenzo is an Emmy-award winning producer who recently produced/directed the feature-length documentary Ready to Play. Ms. Intagliata is an Emmy-award winning writer/producer whose credits include Race to Execution and Mr. Dreyfuss Goes to Washington. Composer and performer Roberto Rodriguez brilliantly blends Cuban and Jewish musical traditions on several albums including Baila! Gitano Baila! His compositions are frequently featured on NPR.

How To Support The First Basket

We still need almost $150,000 to finish the first feature-length Jewish Basketball documentary ever! PLEASE HELP!! Every single counts – and every single dollar is tax deductible. As a special bonus incentive, we are offering limited-edition Philadelphia SPAHs (that’s the legendary South Philadelphia Hebrew All-Stars) jerseys to supporters, courtesy of Mitchell & Ness of Philadelphia. These are the perfect gift for the basketball fan who has everything, so visit our website at ( for details on the SPAHs jerseys as well as other items, coming soon!