Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Project Spotlight: Small Market, Big Heart

I know, I know.  Recently you realized that you have a hole in your heart, and not the one you got from eating batteries.  It's because you don't have the NBA.  The lockout has been tough on everyone, but Small Market, Big Heart Productions paints an even more nightmarish picture: imagine, if you will, that instead of not having basketball for a little while, your city lost its basketball permanently.  That's a very real possibility for the city of Sacramento, where the Kings could be on their way out.  But not if Small Market, Big Heart has anything to say about it.

I've always been a fan of sports documentaries, like those in ESPN's 30 for 30 series.  There's an interesting juxtaposition between what is often derided as "just a game" and the incredible impact it has on people's lives - the implications that losing a professional franchise can have economically, socially, and otherwise.  Small Market, Big Heart gives an inside look at one community and the very important place their sports team holds in their (big) heart.

As far as the Kickstarter portion itself is concerned, I can't help but wish that there were a few more intangible incentives for pledges.  The first such reward doesn't come until $20 is pledged, and the next is at $50.  A copy of the film isn't available until a $500 pledge (which also includes tickets to the premiere).   It would be nice to see the standalone DVD, a download, or even a stream available at a lower pledge level.  But then, they've well met their goal for a worthy project, so who am I to judge?

www.smallmarketbigheart.com

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