"The Drew: No Excuse Just Produce" will have its World Premiere at L.A. Film Festival on June 13

What do Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Nick Young, Gilbert Arenas and James Harden have in common? They have all, at one point or another, played in Los Angeles’s The Drew League.

Established at Charles Drew Jr. High School in South L.A. in 1973, the league sets out to help young players sharpen their skills and form meaningful connections on the court. Now one of California’s premier pro-am showcases, the league continues to support and offer the players and the community a safe haven and place to follow their passions.

Former NBA player and Emmy© nominated producer Baron Davis (Crips and Bloods) has set out to reveal the figures and efforts behind this movement in his upcoming film THE DREW: NO EXCUSE, JUST PRODUCE, which chronicles the history of The Drew League.

This is a story that reaches far beyond the core, it presents an authentic and human depiction of how the African-American residents of this Los Angeles area use the strength and power of their community to positively impact their environment at both a local and national level.

From humble beginnings in 1970’s Los Angeles, deep in the crime and gang infested blocks of South Central, The Drew League has grown into the nation’s premiere destination for pro-am basketball. “The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce” chronicles the unlikely rise of a hoops institution, the men and women who made it possible, and the unifying, positive force it has become while crossing racial, cultural, and socioeconomic barriers. Featuring NBA stars including Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, James Harden, and Baron Davis, “The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce” celebrates the value of basketball, persistence, loyalty, and above all, community. The power of sports meets the power of people.

THE DREW will have its World Premiere as part of LAFF’s Muse section on June 13, Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Theater 11.

For films included at the L.A. Film Festival (June 10 - 18, 2015), please go to www.lafilmfest.com