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 Don’t Nobody Love the Game More Than Me

The Short

As four slightly over-the-hill men wrap up a basketball game on their neighborhood court, a debate develops: Who loves the game the most? With musical dialogue, amusing friendships and Socratic discussion, their exchange quickly becomes not just about basketball, but also about pride and dedication.


Read about the people behind-the-scenes of DON’T NOBODY LOVE THE GAME MORE THAN ME.

Martha Pinson

Pinson is a director, screenwriter and film technician who lives in New York City. In 1999 and 2000, she produced and directed Bob Rogers' ten-character comedy, Small Potatoes, in its six-week New York premiere at the John Houseman Studio on Theatre Row. In 1998, she directed the drama Acts of Faith by Stephen E. Mantin at Chain Lightning in New York. Her film and TV credits include second unit director on Just the Ticket. She has also been directing consultant to Richard Wenk, Darren Star and Tom Cavanagh, and continuity supervisor for many major directors including Martin Scorsese, Sidney Lumet, Milos Forman, Oliver Stone, Iain Softley and Brian de Palma. She worked with Martin Scorsese as his script supervisor on The Aviator. Pinson is developing a film based on Craig Edwards' one-man show The Man in Room 306, a fictional account of Dr. Martin Luther King's last evening, and a mini-series entitled Around the Way, written by Steve Mantin, about life on the Lower East Side. Pinson has written numerous original screenplays and adaptations working in various genres. She co-authored with novelist Sonja Greenlee an adaptation of her dramatic novel Daytona. She and Greenlee also collaborated on The Loophole, the story of the nude Macbeth, a First Amendment Comedy. Pinson has a BA with honors from Vassar College.

Martha Pinson

Stephen E. Mantin

Mantin is a Phi Beta graduate of Wesleyan University and a member of the Playwrights and Directors Unit of the Actors Studio. In the 1970s, he worked for six years as a taxi driver and was an active member of the Rank and File Coalition, a dissident faction in the New York City Taxi Drivers Union. Since 1979, he has worked as a teacher of severely emotionally disturbed children for the New York City Department of Education. Mantin has published a novel, Eloise, as well as several short stories. His play Pals was produced Off-Broadway, and Acts Of Faith, has had showcase productions at the Chain Lightning Theatre and West Beth. The Chain Lightning Theatre has also hosted two dramatic readings of Transplants, a work in progress, and a dramatic reading of Skirmishes In The Drug War, which Mantin co-authored with Peter Pfeiffer and was made into a radio play that has been broadcast over Pacifica Radio stations. Mantin has lived on the Lower East Side of Manhattan for the past thirty-three years and recently completed a novel based in that neighborhood. His writing often reflects the multicultural neighborhood he's part of and his own multiracial and multicultural family.

Anthony Jannelli
Director of Photography

Jannelli has been a professional in the motion picture industry for nearly 20 years. He has served as director of photography or camera operator on movies such as Independence Day, Philadelphia, The Silence of the Lambs, Ghostbusters II, Big, Three Men and a Baby and Longtime Companion. In television, his experience includes work for PBS’s American Playhouse, as well as series work on NYPD Blue and Law & Order. He has also filmed music videos featuring Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and the Talking Heads, as well as hundreds of television commercials. He recently served as co-director of photography on the IFC documentary A Decade Under the Influence. A longtime member of International Cinematographers Union, IATSE Local 600, he has recently been granted membership in the Directors Guild of America.

Gordon Grinberg

Grinberg has edited features, documentaries, and shorts, including Urban Entertainment’s The Homeboy and Lifetime Television’s WomenDocs. As a visual effects editor at Mass.Illusion he worked on films such as Starship Troopers, Judge Dredd and The Matrix. He also worked for effects guru Douglas Trumbull on the ride-film In Search of the Obelisk and as a sound effects designer for legendary record producer Tony Bongiovi at New York's Power Station recording studio. Grinberg has edited commercials for Burger King, and segments for The Sally Show. He has also been an assistant editor on Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, Al Pacino’s Chinese Coffee and the upcoming Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, written by Charlie Kaufman.

Cast Bios

Guy A. Fortt (Pops)
Fortt received his theatrical training at Shaw University in North Carolina. He also studied the Miesner Technique with Fred Kareman, Spirited Acting with Tracy Moore Marable and at HB Acting Studios in New York City. His theatrical credits include Juggie Bones, A Soldier’s Play, Seven Guitars and On Strivers Row. Television credits include Law & Order, All My Children, As the World Turns and Saturday Night Live. Film credits include 25th Hour and Object of My Affection. He has four national commercials running and has sung vocals for PM Dawn and Whitney Houston.

Craig Alan Edwards (Perry)
Edwards has performed his one-man show, The Man in Room 306, most recently at Memphis’s Playhouse on the Square. His other productions include the Adirondack Theatre Festival, Watermark Theatre, Majestic Theatre, Luna Stage and universities across the country. Edwards has performed in plays at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival (King Lear, Merchant of Venice, Taming of the Shrew), the Soho Rep Regional Theatre, Circle Rep and with the New York Theatre Workshop. His television credits include Luther’s Choice, All My Children, Law & Order and As the World Turns. Film credits include Lipservice; The Opposite Sex; All the Wrong Places; Puppet; Love and Mertz; Sweet and Low Down and Jails, Hospitals & Hip Hop.

Barry Bradford (Terry)
Bradford plays Mondo Mart Man in the HBO series The Wire. He has also had a guest spot on NBC’s Criminal Intent played lead roles in two independent films, The Velvet Cuffs and Two Fourteen. He had a starring role in the national Sprite campaign with Kobe Bryant.

Ezra Knight (Billy)
Knight’s film credits include Crime Partners, Final, Table One, Kali's Vibe and One Tough Cop. His television credits include Law & Order and Third Watch. Knight was a Drama Desk nominee for his role of Caius Lucius in the Theatre for a New Audience production of Cymbeline. He has played Hamlet at Shakespeare in Santa Fe, Caliban in The Tempest at Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Othello in the Acting Company’s New York production. Knight has also performed in the plays Louis Slotin Sonata, The Darker Face of the Earth (Helen Hayes nominee) and Heaven and the Homeboy.

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