Oct 2, 2020

Q&A: Director Kirk Fraser Talks John Thompson Documentary, Legacy

Front Office Sports

Kirk Fraser, the director of an upcoming documentary on the late legendary Georgetown men’s basketball head coach John Thompson, Jr., said he doesn’t believe anyone has adequately explained Thompson’s cultural impact.

So the director, who had known Thompson for many years before he passed away, set out to tell it himself.

The documentary, which Fraser hopes to release in 2021, will explore the influence of Thompson and his Georgetown teams, as well as Thompson’s role as an advocate for racial justice. He was an icon for the local community in Washington D.C., and particularly for the Black community, Fraser said. The documentary will feature Thompsons’ last on-camera interviews before he passed away on Aug. 30. In conjunction with Fraser and his company May 3rd films, the documentary is being financed and produced by RTG Features, a “sister studio” to SLAM, the film’s announcement said.

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