RAYMOND LEWIS NEWSPAPER HEADLINES:
LEWIS (53) RIPS 49ERS IN 2 OTs -- LEWIS SCORES 73 POINTS TO BREAK OWN FROSH MARK -- CSLA, WAVES REACH FINALS; LEWIS HITS 46 -- LEWIS (32) LEADS DIABLOS PAST FULLERTON ST., 74-54 -- LEWIS SCORES 56 ON NBA DEFENSIVE STOPPER COOPER -- RAYMOND LEWIS WANTS ONE MORE SHOT SCORES 67 IN PRO LEAGUE GAME.
$100,000 $200,000 $400,000
Above you'll see our fundraiser goals at $100K, $200K and $400K. These are the estimated budgets it would take to produce a 30-minute, 60-minute, or Full-Length documentary film. The amount of money raised by this crowdfunding campaign will be the direct factor in determining the length of our final film project.
This story is centered around Raymond Lewis, a basketball phenom of the 1970s and 80s that was a sure bet to be an NBA star.
The Lewis saga is a rigmarole ventured through a maze of mishaps and misfortune that would keep a can't-miss, first-round NBA draft pick who signed a three-year guaranteed contract from ever playing one minute in the league.
In short, Lewis was a Southern California basketball legend even in high school when he led the Verbum Dei Eagles in Watts CA, a stone's throw from Los Angeles to an 84-4 winning record while capturing three consecutive
California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) championships in 1969, 1970 and 1971.
Lewis, a recipient of 250 college scholarships nationwide from such basketball powerhouses as UCLA, USC, Notre Dame, Long Beach State and on and on. He chose to attend little known Division 1 Cal State L.A. when a brand new red Corvette miraculously showed up in his driveway courtesy of the schools coaching staff.
As a college freshman during the 1971-1972 basketball season the 6"-1" cat-quick point guard with unlimited shooting range would average 38.9 points a game while shooting 58.9 percent from the field. An unheard-of feat for a guard that rarely shot inside of twenty feet. Near seasons end Lewis would put on one of the most spectacular shooting exhibitions in basketball history when he touched UC Santa Barbara for 73 points hitting on 30 of 40 field goals.
To make the 73-points even more remarkable, this was a time when the 3-point shot was not allowed in high school, college or the NBA. Teammate Adrian Chivers speculated that Lewis would have easily scored over 90 points in the contest if the 3-point shot had been implemented into the game at that time.
ring his era, Lewis became the youngest person to ever sign with the NBA after forgoing his junior year in college to be taken as the 18th overall pick in the first round by the Philadelphia 76ers.
So talented was this man that even after four decades he still holds several of his college' scoring records. And in the fall of 1971, the 6-1 cat-quick point guard would put on one of the most remarkable shooting exhibitions ever witnessed by human eyes when fans crowded into a small humid gym in the fall of 1971, saw Raymond Lewis torch a talented U.C. Santa Barbara basketball team for 73-points making 30-of 40 shots (75% field goal percentage) and 13-free throws.
Billy Jones the coach of the freshman team at U.C. Santa Barbara, recalls the event. "Raymond was late getting to the game arriving right at tip-off. Cal State L.A. quickly called a time-out as Lewis ran onto the far end of the court. With five players now on the floor the referee tosses up the ball. Cal State gets the ball passes to Lewis who had just stood up after tieing his shoe and launched a 35-foot jumper hitting nothing but net. Jones stated in the interview that it was at that very second he knew he was trouble.
Even more remarkable at the time, although many of Lewis' shots were well beyond the college three-point point line they only counted as two points. During the multiple interviews, we have done thus far about this game two stick with me the most. Several who witnessed the game stated that "Lewis would have scored over 90 if the three-point shot had been implemented into the game at that time." Cal State L.A. went on to beat the highly talented UC Santa Barbara 103-88.
As a sophomore at Cal State L.A., Lewis was the NCAA's second-leading scorer averaging 32.9 points per game. In a game for the ages, sophomore Raymond Lewis scored 53-points in a triple-overtime thriller to upset 3rd-Ranked Long Beach State 107 to 104. A team that was then coached by the legendary Jerry Tarkanian. In the summer of his sophomore season, Lewis took advantage of a new hardship case rule which now allowed college sophomores in need of financial help to apply for the NBA draft.
Lewis was selected as the 18th overall pick in the first round by the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers suffering through a horrendous 9-73 losing record for the 1972-73 basketball season also had the number one overall pick a selected Illinois State's Doug Collins.
A short time later the 76ers held their June rookie camp and Raymond Lewis was sensational. Hungry for news from what usually was a humdrum period, and practiced at mocking the team's top draft pick, the Philadelphia media "discovered" him, and were delighted that he looked better than Doug Collins, the club's and the league's first draft choice in 1973 and a star in the Olympic Games, who had signed for $200,000 a year. COLLINS TALKS A GOOD GAME, BUT RAYMOND LEWIS PLAYS IT blared one headline, LEWIS DESTROYS VAN LIER-TYPE was another. "Raymond Lewis is...a 20-point favorite over Doug Collins...." wrote one reporter, who cited a quote from Dick McGuire, the New York Knicks scout—"Raymond Lewis has more raw basketball talent than any college player in the country and that includes Bill Walton. He might be the best draft choice Philly made since Billy Cunningham." Another writer said, "Lewis is kind of young to be a legend, but he's off to a fast start." It was said that 76ers Coach Gene Shue refused to allow Collins to guard Lewis, and that is when Raymond Lewis decided he needed some new and richer fine print in his contract.
Former Maryland Terrapin player and UC Santa Barbara and University of Maryland Baltimore basketball coach Billy Jones talks about the 1972 game between L.A. State, now Cal State L.A. and his UC Santa Barbara Gauchos when Raymond Lewis put on one of the greatest shooting displays in basketball history when Lewis made 30 of 40 field goals (75%) and 13 free throws to score 73 points in a 103-88 win over the Gauchos. (The 3-point shot was not allowed in high school, college or NBA basketball during this time.)
Dr. Harry Edwards, Professor Emeritus of Sociologist at the University of California, Berkeley sat down with us to talk about turbulent times of the 1960s during the civil rights era which led many high-profile professional Black athletes to seek social change and recognition through their respective sport.
He also talked about Raymond Lewis whom he had known of since Lewis' college days at Cal State L.A. while psychoanalyzing several determining factors in which he felt caused Lewis to leave the Sixer camp in an effort to chase a dream and get rewarded with what he thought he was worth.
Furthermore... Dr. Edwards rendered his professional advice to the youth of today if somehow they found themselves in a similar situation and what he would have suggested to a young Raymond Lewis back in 1973 after he already signed a contract with the 76ers.
FORMER NBA PLAYERS AND COLLEGE COACHES COME OUT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RAYMOND LEWIS DOCUMENTARY!
Former 5-time NBA champion and L.A. Lakers defensive player of the year Michael Cooper, upper left photo, talks about the much anticipated 1983 summer pro-league match-up between him and Raymond Lewis held at Compton Community College.
Lewis would score 56 points against Cooper that night in only three-quarters of play.
To date, we have conducted over twenty film interviews which includes former NBA players and college coaches such as former Laker Michael Cooper, former Kansas City Kings Reggie Theus, former Golden State Warrior and Washington Huskies basketball coach Lorenzo Romar, Former 76ers head coach Gene Shue, former Nike Executive and Dapper Dan Roundball classic Sonny Vaccaro, World-Renowned Sociologist Dr. Harry Edwards, legendary L.A. basketball coach Reggie Morris Sr, Hall-of-fame college legendary basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian and a host of teammates family members and friends.
We are currently about 50% complete with the documentary film and need your support to finish the story.
Since the early 1970s, Raymond Lewis has been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles. Below are several books and sports magazines about Raymond Lewis.
He has been featured in 1978, Sports Illustrated "The Phantom Phenom", 1992, Slam magazine "Ray Lew", 1997, "Soul of The Game" by John Huet, 2005, the novel "Black Jesus The Anthology" by Federico Buffa, 2005, Runnin Rebel by Jerry Tarkanian "The Greatest Player I Ever Saw" 2005, French Basketball magazine Reverse, "Raymond Lewis L.A.s Best Kept Secret", 2006, Bounce Magazine "RAY LEW" 2006 and Il Fantasma "The Ghost" basketball article by Mauro Bevacqua.
As the first super-star of the Drew League, a union created by Alvin Wills in 1973, then taken over by the current commissioner Dino Smiley in 1983.
Raymond Lewis is recognized as one of the greats to ever play at the Drew and is honored on the Drew League's website Hall-of-Fame type page in which Lewis' name is featured right under Laker Superstar Kobe Bryant. (See list below! Lewis' name circled in red.)
Director and Co-Producers Ryan Polomski and Dean Prator
Director/Producer Ryan Polomski (MFA University of Texas) has over ten years of production experience and has produced and edited hundreds of projects for film and television. His directorial debut was the award-winning feature "State vs. Reed", which premiered at SXSW and was broadcast on PBS.
Co-Producer Dean Prator who grew up in Compton attended Dominguez high school in 1971, began resurrecting the story of Lewis in 2005, when he created the website raymondlewis.com to introduce the basketball legend to a new generation of Southern California ballers in L.A. and basketball fans around the world.
In late 2013, Dean and Ryan joined forces and have since put in a tremendous amount of time, money, and effort into getting the Raymond Lewis documentary to this point.
Years of painstaking research resulted in the recent discovery of rare archival footage (once feared lost) showing Raymond during his playing days. Now the research and development phase is finally complete, and production is halfway there!
The time is now to finish this unique and historical documentary, and with your help, we will make it happen!
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!!!
Over the past four years, my film partner Ryan Polomski and I have been working on Lewis' story. We have put in countless hours of hard exhausting work, as well as, mostly funding the project with our own money to get the film to this point.
With the monies raised here, we will complete shooting interviews with some of the game's biggest names (listed below) as well as an eclectic mix of characters whose lives all crossed paths with what Philadelphia sportswriters called "the Phantom Phenom".
We also plan to do a multi-day shoot at Raymond's alma mater Verbum Dei and Cal State Los Angeles with current and past players, commission original animation, and secure licensing fees for archival footage. The final sums of monies raised will be used to edit a full rough draft of the film for review by June 2019.
If additional funds are raised, we will conduct a shoot in Philadelphia with various members of the 1973 76ers roster and shoot cinematic re-creation scenes of some of the story's key moments.
FUTURE SUBJECTS TO BE INTERVIEWED WITH YOUR HELP!
The following individuals have either committed or are hopeful interviews for the Lewis Doc.
* NBA Hall-of-Famer
* 5 Time NBA All-Star Marques Johnson
* ABA and NBA All-Star Mack Calvin
* 2 Time NBA All-Star Kiki Vandeweghe
* Former NBA Player Ed Ratleff
* Former Philadelphia 76er Joe Bryant
* 4 Time NBA All-Star Dough Collins and many more!
A CHALLENGE TO ALL CURRENT NBA PLAYERS THAT PLAYED ON THE RAYMOND LEWIS SQUAD AT THE VENICE BEACH BOOST MOBILE/UNDER ARMOUR BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT BEFORE THEY WERE PROS!
Before they were pros elite high school players from across the country participated in the Boost Mobile and Under Armour Elite 24 basketball games at Venice Beach, CA.
As the co-producer of the Raymond Lewis documentary film, I'd like to personally challenge those former high school players who actually played on or coached the Raymond Lewis squad when they played here on the West Coast.
The Raymond Lewis Squad:
Players: Bradley Beal 8-points, (Washington Wizards) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 20-points, (Los Angeles Lakers) Shabazz Muhammad 8-points (Milwaukee Bucks / Shanxi Brave Dragons)
Raymond Lewis Squad: 131 - Marques Johnson Squad 128
Players: Amile Jefferson 23-points (Orlando Magic)
Coaches: Brandon Jennings(Washington Wizards / Zenit Saint Petersburg) Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Raymond Lewis Squad 164 - Marques Johnson Squad 138
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Support our film with a $5 donation and receive a personal "Thank You" email along with updated progress of the Lewis doc. You'll also qualify to receive discounted prices on Raymond Lewis merchandise.
Raymond Lewis: L.A. Legend Documentary Film
6x4 inch Die Cut Sticker
Donors who make a minimum $10 or more will receive an official one-of-a-kind official "Raymond Lewis: L.A. Legend" documentary film die cut sticker along with frequent email and video updates of the progress of the project.
It is donations such as yours that will help make this film come to fruition and we thank you for your support.
Receive a Raymond Lewis: L.A. Legend
Digital Download (Plus All Perks Above this Level!)
Upon completion, donors at this level will receive a free digital download of the Raymond Lewis: L.A. Legend documentary film and original soundtrack.
You'll also receive all Perks above this level and frequent updates to the progress of this film. Thank you! We could not tell this story without your help!
Receive an L.A. BASKETBALL LEGEND or PHANTOM
PHENOM Raymond Lewis T-Shirt (Plus all Perks Above!)
With a contribution of $50 or more, you'll receive your choice of an L.A. Basketball Legend Raymond Lewis T-Shirt of a Raymond Lewis Phantom Phenom tee (choose color) along with all of the Perks listed above this level. Thank you in advance for your contribution, we could not tell this story without your help!
Receive a Ray Lewis Signature Snap-back Cap
(Plus All the Perks Above)
Donors giving $100 or more will receive a custom Ray Lewis Signature Hat as well as a "THANK YOU" credit in on the official RaymondLewis.com website!
Supporters also get a free digital download, a Raymond Lewis L.A. Basketball Legend T-shirt and official email and video updates of the progress of the project. Your support is key to our success! Thank You!
Receive a Custom Hand Carved Image on a Real Leaf
(Plus All The Perks Above)
Contributors at this level will receive a hand-carved image on a real nature leaf courtesy of leafcarvingart.com. Leaves vary in size from 7 to 9 inches in width. (17.78 to 22.86 cm)
Donors at this level will also receive all the above gifts as well plus official email and video updates of the progress of the project. Thank you! We could not tell this story without your help!
Donate $500 or more and Receive a
Raymond Lewis Honorary Sixer Jersey
(Plus all Perks Above This Level)
Honorary Sixer Jersey: Donors contributing $500 or more receive an invitation for 2 and VIP seating at the film's Los Angeles premiere screening and 2 VIP tickets to the screening after-party.
Supporters at this level also receive a "SPECIAL THANK YOU" credit at the end of the film and all perks above this level, along with official email and video updates of the progress of the project.
Receive Two VIP Tickets to the Lewis Premier
(Plus All Tangible Perks Above This Level!)
Donors of $1000 receive tickets for 2 to a special dinner with the film's participants prior to the Los Angeles premiere screening along with an invitation for 2 and VIP seating at the film's Los Angeles premiere screening AND after-party. Supporters also receive a "SPECIAL THANK YOU" credit at the end of the film.
Supporters also get a free digital download, along with every perk above this level and official email and video updates of the progress of the project. If you are in a position to make this donation, we cannot thank you enough!
Receive an IMDb Associate Producer Film Credit
(Plus All Tangible Perks Above this level)
Associate Producer Film Credit: Donors at this level will be listed as an official "ASSOCIATE PRODUCER" in the film and receive an IMBD credit along with this engraved "Associate Producer" crystal plaque.Donors pledging the amount will also receive tickets for 2 to a special dinner with the film's participants prior to the Los Angeles premiere screening and an invitation for 2 and VIP seating at the film's screening and after-party as well. Contributors at this level will also receive all tangible perks listed above along with full email and video updates on the continued progress of the documentary project.
Receive an IMDb Producer Film Credit Plus
(All Tangible Perks Above This level)
Producer Film Credit: Donors at this level will be listed as an official "Producer" in the film and receive an IMBD credit along with this engraved "Producer" crystal plaque.
Donors at this level also receive tickets for 2 to a special dinner with of the film's participants prior to the Los Angeles premiere screening and an invitation for 2 and VIP seating at the premiere screening and after-party. Contributors at this level will also receive all tangible perks listed above along with full email and video updates on the continued progress of the documentary project. Let's work together and make history!
Receive an IMDb CO-Executive Producer Film Credit
(Plus All Tangible Perks Above this Level)
Co-Executive Producer Film Credit: Donors at this level will be listed as an official "Co-Executive Producer" in the film and receive an IMBD credit along with this engraved "Associate Producer" crystal plaque.
Donors at this level also receive tickets for 2 to a special dinner with of the film's participants prior to the Los Angeles premiere screening and an invitation for 2 and VIP seating at the premiere screening and after-party.
Contributors at this level will also receive all tangible perks listed above along with full email and video updates on the continued progress of the documentary project.
WORK ALREADY COMPLETED:
Pre-production = $75,000 in-kind value donated by producers. Years of countless hours of research, investigating, letter writing, and digging through the past to secure photos, film licensing, subject contracts and materials crucial to the film's authenticity and success.
Production = $45,000 cash in-kind value donated by producers. To date, producers have filmed over twenty full-length interviews with an estimated twenty additional interviews to go, as well as, accumulative pre and post-production costs.
HOW YOUR DONATIONS WILL BE SPENT! ESTIMATES ARE BASED ON THE FULL $423K LEWIS DOCUMENTARY FILM BUDGET TO PRODUCE A 90-MINUTE FILM AND WILL BE ADJUSTED ACCORDINGLY TO ANY AMOUNT WHICH FALLS SHORT OF OUR INTENDED FULL-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY FILM GOAL.
Production = $66,430
Producer/Director $2000 x 8= $16,000
2nd Producer $2000 x 8 = $16,000
Line Producer $1800 x 8 = $14,000
Copies/Shipping $250 = $250
LLC Fees $890 x 2 $1,780
Lawyer Fees $5,000
Office $1500 x 6 months $9,000
L.A. Shooting Permits $750 x 3 days $2,250
Production breakdown x 15 days
Director of Photography Interviews,
Verite and Cinematic Broll $500.00 dayx15 $7,500.00
Second Camera/PA Interviews, Verite and Cinematic Broll $350 dayx15 $5,250.00
Drone Footage, Watts/L.A 750 2 Days $1,500.00
Field/Studio Audio Recordist (with gear) $400 x 15 Days $6,000.00
Camera A Package: Canon C300/Lenses $300 x15 Days $4,500.00
Lights Grip 300 x15 Days $4,500.00
Camera B Package (Canon5D/Lenses) $200 Days x15 $3,000.00
8mm/16mm cam package and processing Flat $1,250.00
Travel Costs Flat $1,000.00
Actors/Stand Ins for Recreations Flat Fee $2,500.00
Costumes and Props (Corvette Rental,
Period Dress) $2,500
Studio Rental (for Doug Collins, Bill Walton) $500 x2days $1,000.00
Expendables Flat $500.00
Communication/Media Storage/Misc Flat $500.00
Location Fees $2500 fee $2,500.00
Catering/Craft Services $300 dayx15 $4,500.00
Total Cost Los Angeles Interviews, Verite Scenes and Cinematic Broll
Production Costs $48,500.00
PHILADELPHIA B-ROLL AND OUT-OF-STATE INTERVIEWS (WILLIS REED, JOE "JELLYBEAN" BRYANT, ALLEN BRISTOW, (76ERS ROOKIE CAMP IN 1973) ALAN RICHMAN (PHILADELPHIA JOURNALIST COVERED ROOKIE CAMP): 5 DAYS
Production Research X 2 Weeks
Locations Fees & Permits (city/park) $750 Dayx3 $2,250.00
Total Out of State Pre-Production Cost: $2,500.00
PRODUCTION: OUT-OF-STATE INTERVIEWS (8DAYS)
Production breakdown 5 Days Production / 2 Days Travel: Philadelphia, New York, Virginia
Director of Photography: $500 day $2,500.00
Second Camera/PA $350 day $1,750.00
Field/Studio Audio Recordist (with gear) $400 day $2,000.00
Camera A Package: Canon C300/Lenses $600 day $3,000.00
Lights Grip $250 day $2,250.00
Camera B Package (Canon5D/Lenses) $200 day $1,000.00
Travel Costs Flat $4,000.00
Studio Rental $500.00
Expendables 500 Flat $500.00
Communication/Media Storage/Misc Flat $500.00
Location Fees $500.00
Catering/Craft Services $350 days x 5 $1,750.00
Total Production Cost: $20,250.00
Total Cost, Out of State Interviews $22,750.00
PHASE 3: POST-PRODUCTION (16 WEEKS)
Post Production Clerical and Producer/Directors Costs (16 weeks)
Producer/Director $2000.00 x16 $32,000.00
Producer $2000.00 x12 $24,000.00
Phone/Internet/Faxes $350 months x 3 $1,050.00
Edit Bay (Avid) $350 x12 weeks $4,200.00
Transcription Services Fee $5,000.00
Photo/Document Scanning Flat $800.00
Legal Services Flat $7,000.00
Office $1000 months x 6 $6,000.00
Total Post Clerical and Producer Cost: $80,300.00
EDIT AND FINISHING COSTS
Assembly Editor $1,800 week x 8 $14,400.00
Finishing Editor $3,000 week x 4 $12,000.00
Assistant Editor/2nd Editor $1.650 week x 4 $6,600.00
Graphics and Motion Effects Editor $2.500 week x 4 $10,000.00
Sound Design and Mix Fee $5,500.00
Animatior/Animation House Flat $50,000.00
Archival Footage License Fees(NBA, NCAA, Historical Films) Flat $20,000.00
Original Music Composition Fee $20,000.00
Music License Fee $15000.00
Voice Over Talent Fee - $5,000.00
Film Processing and Digitizing $3,500.00
Post AP 1200 12 - $9,600.00
Hard Drive/Media Storage $200 TB x25 $5,000.00
Total Post-Production Edit and Finishing Cost: $176,600.00
TOTAL POST PRODUCTION ALL PHASES - $256,500.00
PHASE 4: DISTRIBUTION EFFORTS FOR SALE
E/O Insurance $2,500.00
Distribution Consultant (Mike Blizzard, EP of the Doc Ellis “No No” documentary) $2,500.00
Phone/Internet/Faxes $350 month $2,100.00
Master Duplications Flat $2500
Fesitival Entry Fees Flat $1,500.00
Posters and Print Materials Flat $1500
Travel Fees 2500 Flat $2,500.00
Legal Services 7000 Flat $7,000.00
Office 1000 month $6,000.00
Total Office And Clerical Cost: $28,350.00
Total Budget Needed For Completion
*In the event that we do not raise our entire pre-set campaign goal whatever is donated to this campaign will be used to continue work on the Lewis documentary!
Raymond's story is fascinating and we believe the lessons learned from this film is incredibly important and currently relevant to thousands of aspiring student-athletes across the country. We hope that by telling this story, younger generations will be better prepared for their own future.
As our project nears completion, we hope to partner with schools, youth sports organizations, and inner-city educational programs in organizing community screenings and discussions on the topics raised in the film, especially in inner-city areas such as the South Los Angeles community. Your support is an invaluable part of this process - we could not complete this film and tell this important story without your help!
Risk and Challenges
Independent filmmaking is littered with risks and challenges. However, the team behind "Raymond Lewis: L.A. Legend" has 14 years of commitment to telling this story, and our current mission is to finally bring this story to the big screen.
With our combination of experience, personal investment and amount of work already completed, we are confident that our tenacity and hard work will pay off.
Bottom line: We CAN and WILL succeed with support from YOU, our backers!
Official Website: raymondlewis.com
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