Presented By:Benjamin May
As Lloyd Daniels rose from a streetball phenom to one of the top college basketball prospects the game has ever seen, NBA stardom seemed a sure thing. Those who saw him play in his prime still speak of his performance on the courts in reverent tones usually reserved for all-timers like Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. But even as his dreams came within reach, Daniels wrestled with personal demons. Addiction consumed him, leading to sudden trouble with the law, and overnight he risked losing everything he’d worked his entire life to achieve.
If you know Daniels’ story, you’ll find it grippingly told in this riveting and superbly crafted documentary, with many new revelations. And if you don’t, resist the urge to google and hurry to the theater to experience a real-life story with highs and lows to match any work of fiction. Benjamin May’s new documentary earns a place alongside pivotal b-ball docs like Hoop Dreams and Lenny Cooke in capturing both the thrills of this sport and the often-dashed aspirations of those who yearn to compete on the national stage.
Driven by interviews with teammates, coaches, and loved ones from every stage of his life—and, most of all, by remarkably vulnerable first-hand access to Daniels himself—The Legend of Swee’ Pea delivers. This is a documentary for anyone who ever dared dream big—and anyone who has ever looked in the mirror and seen their own worst enemy staring back at them. (Eric Allen Hatch)Director Bio
First-time director Benjamin May was a recipient of a McKnight Foundation Grant for The Legend of Swee' Pea, which premiered at Doc:NYC 2015 and received Best MN Made Documentary at the 35th Annual MSPIFF 2016. He was also named Best Director at the 2016 Victoria TX Indy Film Festival. Ben lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Annemarie.