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Sonicsgate -- 'Sonicsgate: Requiem For A Team' is a critically acclaimed feature documentary exposing the corporate greed and political impotence that caused the Seattle SuperSonics to relocate to Oklahoma City in 2008 after 41 years in the Emerald City.

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Writers:
Colin White (written by)
Darren Lund (written by)
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Tagline:
Requiem For A Team See more »
Plot:
Exposing the truth behind the Seattle SuperSonics' tragic exodus after 41 years in the Emerald City. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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engaging sports documentary See more (5 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
John Keister ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Kevin Calabro ... Himself - Sports Broadcaster, KIRO710
Percy Allen ... Himself - Sportswriter, Seattle Times
Chris Daniels ... Himself - News Reporter, KING5
Art Thiel ... Himself - Sports Columnist, Seattle PI
Steve Kelley ... Himself - Sports Columnist, Seattle Times
Slade Gorton ... Himself - Former U.S. Senator
Sam Perkins ... Himself - NBA Player
Brent Barry ... Himself - NBA Player
Nick Collison ... Himself - NBA Player
Desmond Mason ... Himself - NBA Player
Jamal Crawford ... Himself - NBA Player
Aaron Brooks ... Himself - NBA Player
Doug Christie ... Himself - NBA Player
Jim McIlvaine ... Himself - NBA Player
James Donaldson ... Himself - NBA Player
Paul Lawrence ... Himself - Attorney for Seattle
Brad Keller ... Himself - Attorney for PBC
Tom Carr ... Himself - City of Seattle Attorney
Brian Robinson ... Himself - Save Our Sonics Co-Founder
Steven Pyeatt ... Himself - Save Our Sonics Co-Founder
Paul Schneiderman ... Himself - Attorney, Save Our Sonics
Loren 'Big Lo' Sandretzky ... Himself - Seattle's Biggest Sports Fan
Chris Van Dyk ... Himself - Lobbyist, Citizens For More Important Things
Sherman Alexie ... Himself - Writer
Dave Grosby ... Himself - Radio Host, KIRO AM
Jim Moore ... Himself - Sports Columnist, Seattle PI
Bill Krueger ... Himself - Sports Analyst, FSN
Robert Nellams ... Himself - Seattle Center Director
Jill Arnow ... Herself - Exec. Director, Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce
Bob Santos ... Himself - Community Activist
David Mazzeo ... Himself - Rapper / Former Sonics Employee
Don James ... Himself - UW Football Coach
Todd MacCulloch ... Himself - NBA Player

Ryan Stiles ... Himself - Comedian
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeff Ament ... Himself - Pearl Jam bassist
Ross Hunter ... Himself - Chair of House Finance Committee in Wash. State Legislature
George Karl ... Himself - NBA Coach
Shawn Kemp ... Himself - NBA Player

Gary Payton ... Himself - NBA Player
Don Tremblay ... Himself - Owner, T.S. McHughs
Wally Walker ... Himself - NBA Player / Front Office (archive footage)
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Directed by
Jason Reid 
 
Writing credits
Colin White (written by) &
Darren Lund (written by) &
Jason Reid (written by) &
Camp Jones (written by) &
Adam Brown (written by)

Joshua Bell (collaborating writer) &
Dennis Manza (collaborating writer)

Produced by
Alan J. Bloom .... associate producer (original version)
Adam Brown .... producer
Cameron Collins .... associate producer
Ian J. Connors .... associate producer
Camp Jones .... executive producer
Darrick Bob Jones .... associate producer (original version)
Jarett Jorgenson .... associate producer
David Katt .... associate producer (original version)
Darren Lund .... associate producer
Gil Placencia .... associate producer (original version)
Jason Reid .... producer
Brian Robinson .... associate producer
Colin White .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Lil Kriz (musical score by)
John E. Low (original music composed by)
Curtis Seals (musical score by)
Steve Stearns (original music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Ian J. Connors (director of cinematography)
Darren Lund 
Jason Reid 
 
Film Editing by
Adam Brown 
Darren Lund 
Jason Reid 
 
Visual Effects by
Jonathan Baab .... visual effects
Jon Garn .... graphics and titles
Darren Lund .... visual effects
Colin White .... visual effects
 
Other crew
Adam Brown .... creator
Camp Jones .... creator
Jarett Jorgenson .... researcher
Darren Lund .... creator
Jason Reid .... creator
Lance Rosen .... legal services
Colin White .... creator
 
Thanks
Kevin Nesgoda .... thanks
Rob Spampani .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
USA:120 min (original release) | USA:43 min (TV version)
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Color (HD)
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USA:Unrated (original rating)
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Trivia:
In April 2011, at a book signing for Howard Schultz's new book "Onward," a disgruntled Sonics fan managed to get to the front of the line and berated Schultz for his role in the Sonics' departure. Although not connected to the man who created the incident, "Sonicsgate" producer Adam Brown was filming the incident at the time, and at the behest of Schultz, was asked to leave.See more »
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Himself - Sports Columnist, Seattle Times:The five-year plan, the public trust- don't believe any of it! He didn't believe any of it! He was a salesman. He's a guy that can get you buy a cup of coffee for $35. So why should you believe anything Howard Schultz told you?See more »
Soundtrack:
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
engaging sports documentary, 12 October 2009
Author: dongsong from United States

I wasn't expecting this feature to be so well-made and intriguing. I decided to glance thru it just to see the contents. But one minute into it, i was truly engaged.

the filmmaker does a great job giving the sports history of the City of Seattle and the history of the Sonics. It made me understand why the citizens of Seattle loved their basketball. Being a fan of the Sonics' bitter rival, the Portland trailblazers, i found myself becoming a fan of the Sonics and a fan of the Sonics' fan. In saying that, i found it heartbreaking to see what happened to the organization, the city, and the fans.

I couldn't give it a full 10 stars just because it felt a little too biased. Some more perspective from the NBA and Bennett would have been nice, but i guess since they declined to be interviewed, we're not able to see that. Overall, a very excellent doc! PS. I hope Seattle does get another NBA franchise, and hopefully not at the expense of another struggling city.

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