Man-child is an independent feature film that explores sports, education, religion, and sex in America through the eyes of a talented 13 year-old basketball player.
The film is the first feature by Koo, who co-wrote, directed, shot and edited the Webby Award-winning web series The West Side. He also runs the independent filmmaking web site NoFilmSchool. The campaign is using a $1-per-frame format on Kickstarter, where every dollar pledged equals one unique frame of the finished film. The script for Man-child was also accepted to IFP's Emerging Narrative Program.
In 2009, the NCAA lowered the age limit on who can be considered an official basketball "prospect" to include 7th graders. While there have been a number of basketball films made about high school, college, or pro athletes, today's recruiting -- legal and illegal -- begins much earlier. It's a fascinating and treacherous world which often leaves big decisions in the hands of little kids.