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Matthew Krentz, Patrick Rooney, STREETBALLERS indie film producers, actors: Mr. Media Radio

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Streetballers director Matthew Krentz and producer Patrick Rooney challenge Mr. Media to H-O-R-S-E!

Streetballers, which is the highest-scoring film in the 17-year history of the Saint Louis International Film Festival, is an Irish-Urban drama that explores the lives of two junior college basketball athletes, Jacob Whitmore and John Hogan. The film descends into the underworld of Streetball, an unconventional form of basketball where the rules are as unpredictable as the players. With both characters struggling to find sanity amidst a world of drugs, alcoholism and racism, the two worlds collide revealing a story of hope, transformation and a challenge on the courts of the city’s tough Northside – a story all too familiar with the filmmaker and basketball aficionado Matthew Scott Krentz.

“The story comes from my experiences – things I’d lived and heard about in the bars, on the courts and streets of where the movie is filmed,” says Krentz. “The first time I walked onto the courts with my teammate and long time friend, I didn’t know what to expect. I was the only white kid on the African-American playground. I wanted to be a part of the best games in town and this was the place.”

Streetballers portrays young urban adults facing the hard-struck challenges in their lives today. It’s a grainy yet gorgeously done depiction of their wins and losses – on and off the court.

The feature will be opening nationally beginning in September. For more information, please visit: streetballersthemovie.com.