By Davis Rivera
In what was arguably the best year for documentaries in a decade, the one that ended up being my favorite release was also one of the least mentioned. Josh and Benny Safdie’s Lenny Cooke started out as a decision by filmmaker Adam Shopkorn to follow Lenny Cooke instead of LeBron James before the NBA draft. This decision may seem foolish in retrospect, but it did provide the groundwork for the most compelling documentary of 2013.
Davis Rivera is the recipient of the Marguerite & Otis Walter Scholarship for Excellence in Art History, founded the UArts Literary Society, recently completed a book on the last American auteur, and is working on two films to be released this spring. He lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.
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