Dr. Samad Kamilah Lewis-Kent Dean Prator Ryan Polomski (Courtesy photo)

The long-anticipated basketball documentary film of a local 1970s basketball phenom and City of Watts native, “Raymond Lewis: L.A. Legend” is currently making its rounds throughout the country at selected film festivals in major cities in the U.S. This past Saturday, the film collected its first award by being selected as the Best Documentaryat the 2021 San Pedro International Film Festival.

The next theater showing of the film will be on November 28/29th at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, as a part of the 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival. The film will also stream online through the festival’s website from November 30th to December 2nd. For more information on this screening, you can visit https://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/blackharvest.

The locally made and produced film is expected to be available on streaming platforms or TV sometime in 2022.  In the meantime, the producers hope to bring the Raymond Lewis film home to screen in Watts, where his legendary basketball story began, and are seeking a location. If you would like to contact the producers or find out more information about the project you can visit the website at www.raymondlewis.com and read about this once-forgotten basketball legend.