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Short Description 1
Shad Blair, a 36 year old plumber living in Stevensville, Montana, chases his childhood dream of becoming a professional basketball player.

Short Description 2
Shad Blair, a 36 year old plumber living in Stevensville, Montana, chases his childhood dream of becoming a professional basketball player.  He heads to the Las Vegas Overseas Combine to see if he has what it takes to play with the very best.

Paragraph
Shad Blair, a 36 year old plumber living in Stevensville, Montana, has always dreamed of playing professional basketball.  Against all odds, Shad receives an invitation to the Las Vegas Overseas Combine and his pipe dream might just become a reality.  Local coach and one-time Montana basketball standout Ryan Wetzel thinks Shad has what it takes and agrees to help train the 6’11” inch Blair for the upcoming combine.  With the support of his family, and all of his savings, Shad lays it all on the line to see once and for all if he has what it takes to play professional basketball.  In the end, even when it doesn’t quite make sense there lies incredible value in pursuing your dreams till the very end.

Long Description 
At 36 years old, Shad is an unlikely professional basketball prospect.  A severe injury to his hand while playing at a junior college ended Shad’s athletic career prematurely.  Nevertheless, the plumber from Stevensville, MT didn’t let his dream of playing professional basketball fade away.       

When Ryan Wetzel, a long retired Montana basketball standout, saw the 6 foot, 11 inch Shad playing in the local amateur league, he knew Shad wasn’t just another rec player.  Shad’s speed and agility for such a tall player is uncommon.   

might just have what it took to play professional basketball internationally.  With Ryan’s encouragement, Shad dedicates himself to training and rekindles his dream of playing professionally.    

Against all odds, Shad received an invitation to the Las Vegas Overseas Combine where coaches from all over the world come to scout players to sign for their international pro teams. 

With the support of his family, and all of his savings, Shad lays it all on the line to see once and for all if he has what it takes to play professional basketball.  

  

 

CREW BIOS

Devon Riter: Director/Editor
Devon has edited, directed and produced a variety of non-fiction programming for universities, environmental groups, broadcast and web outlets.  Devon's previous career as a chemistry teacher and researcher has instilled a unique ability to communicate complex scientific topics in an artful and appealing way. Devon enjoys using his skills in information design to weave technical story lines into compelling and entertaining narratives.  Currently, Devon is working as a high school science teacher on the Lower Brulé Indian Reservation

Rick Smith: Cinematographer/Producer
As a producer and director of photography for film and television based in Bozeman, MT Rick has lent his visual story telling skills to award winning documentaries, natural history based television series, and conservation programs.  Over the last decade he has worked for dozens of broadcast TV clients including NBC, National Geographic Television, Animal Planet and History Channel while also producing and filming conservation programming for many non-profit conservation groups including The Nature Conservancy, The Greater Yellowstone Coalition and the Wilderness Conservation Society.  Most recently, he was a field producer and embedded crew member on the NBC survival series The Island with Bear Grylls.   

Jeff Reed: Cinematographer
Jeff is a zoologist turned filmmaker, designer and developer. He has done film work for networks like National Geographic, PBS and Smithsonian as well as for organizations such as Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and The American Prairie Reserve.  Jeff is driven to create meaningful work that inspires curiosity and passion in those who see it and is pushing the typical boundaries of natural history entertainment into interactive media.  He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the Ocean Media Institute, a global media collective that serves to create, educate, and advocate for the protection of the ocean.

Danny Schmidt: Cinematographer
Danny Schmidt makes films and pictures for a living and he is really happy about that.  He has degrees in film and science, but most of his know-how comes from his many experiences producing imagery in far-flung places around the globe.  He has worked extensively for National Geographic, PBS, NASA, the National Science Foundation, and lots of other TV and non-profit entities over the years.  He lives in Colorado with his wife and Newfoundland mix, but you'll probably see him at the airport.

might just have what it took to play professional basketball internationally.  With Ryan’s encouragement, Shad dedicates himself to training and rekindles his dream of playing professionally.    

Against all odds, Shad received an invitation to the Las Vegas Overseas Combine where coaches from all over the world come to scout players to sign for their international pro teams. 

With the support of his family, and all of his savings, Shad lays it all on the line to see once and for all if he has what it takes to play professional basketball.