Duane “Sweets” Watson is an old school soul with a new school outlook. A basketball junkie and a freelance writer, who’s unbridled love for sports and pop culture has pushed him to put his thoughts to type since 1995. He has contributed to The Canadian Press, Hoop Magazine and Sway Magazine, while his work has been featured on NBA.com and as a columnist for AOL.ca. He’s also one third of the sports and entertainment media collective, All Balls Don’t Bounce. As there are three sides to every story, there are three sides to this talented wordsmith. The freelance writer is a passionate storyteller and journalist. The copy writer is a consummate professional, always meeting the needs of his clients. While the blogger is a modern day renaissance man: musing, sharing and pontificating on whatever inspires and moves him.
As part of the program for the 2011 ReelWorld Film Festival, All Balls Don’t Bounce presents the Canadian premiere of Not Just a Game. Dave Zirin will be attending the screening and participate in a Q&A session afterward, hosted by The All Balls Don’t Bounce Crew of Duane “Sweets” Watson, Morgan Campbell & Will “Wall $t.” Strickland.
About the film:
…We’ve been told again and again that sports and politics don’t mix, that games are just games and athletes should just “shut up and play.” But according to Nation magazine sports editor Dave Zirin, this notion is just flat-out wrong. In Not Just a Game, the powerful new documentary based on his bestselling book The People’s History of Sports in the United States, Zirin argues that far from providing merely escapist entertainment, American sports have long been at the center of some of the major political debates and struggles of our time. In a fascinating tour of the good, the bad, and the ugly of American sports culture, Zirin first traces how American sports have glamorized militarism, racism, sexism, and homophobia, then excavates a largely forgotten history of rebel athletes who stood up to power and fought for social justice beyond the field of play. The result is as deeply moving as it is exhilarating: nothing less than an alternative history of political struggle in the United States as seen through the games its people have played.
Tickets are $10, ($5 for students and seniors with valid ID), and can be purchased at the box office or online at http://www.reelworld.ca/
Photo: Nathaniel Anderson
Graphic Design: Kurupt
Web Site: byduanewatson.com
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