The Dominican Dream

Spotlight Documentary

World Premiere

USA | 101 MINUTES

THE DOMINICAN DREAM

New York, Documentary, Biography, Sports
In the early 1990s the hoops in the Bronx belonged to a young immigrant from the Dominican Republic, Felipe Lopez. Ranked first in the country as a high school senior, featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated at the age of 17, and referred to affectionately as the “King of New York,” Lopez’s prospects appeared limitless. Many speculated Lopez would go straight from high school to the NBA, becoming the ultimate success story for children of the working class. With his community piling their hopes and dreams upon his back, Lopez chose to pursue education over fame, attending St. John’s University. This major life decision, made at such a young age, would go on to affect the rest of Lopez’s career.

In The Dominican Dream, Lopez humbly reflects on the challenges of being the prodigal son and the importance of lifting up the next generation. Featuring interviews with Alex Rodriguez, Chauncey Billups, and Zendon Hamilton, the film is an intimate portrait of community, family, and altruism. Imbued with Lopez’s optimism and humor, The Dominican Dream is a celebration of self-discovery.

—Jessie Fairbanks



CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Jon Hock

Jonathan Hock is an 11-time Emmy Award®-winning producer, director, writer, and editor. His first documentary feature, Through the Fire, had its world premiere at Tribeca in 2005, and his later films The Lost Son of Havana (2009) and Off the Rez (2011) also premiered here. The Dominican Dream is Hock’s sixth documentary for ESPN’s Emmy Award®- and Peabody Award-winning “30 For 30” series.
Director
Jonathan Hock
Producer
Philip Aromando, Alex Evans
Cinematographer
Alastair Christopher
Editor
Peter Panagoulias, Alfonso Pozzo, Steven Pilgrim
Cast
Felipe Lopez, Alex Rodriguez

CONTACTS

Press Contact
Jennifer Christie
ESPN
New York, NY 10023
Phone: 646 547 5840
Jennifer.Christie@espn.com