The Dominican Dream

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Filmmaker: Jonathan Hock
Runtime: 100 mins

Synopsis: “The Dominican Dream” is a portrait of the Dominican immigrants of New York in the ’80s and ’90s, seen through a loving family whose youngest son, Felipe Lopez, became the top ranked high school basketball player in the nation and was hailed as “The Dominican Michael Jordan’. Embraced as an immigrant hero, then cast aside as an American failure, Felipe Lopez would eventually find happiness not as a basketball player, but as the man he was always meant to be.


About the Filmmaker

Jonathan Hock is an 11-time Emmy Award winning documentarian. After a decade at NFL Films, Hock left to direct “Through the Fire,” a story set in the projects of Coney Island which premiered at the TriBeca Film Festival in 2005 and became the first independent documentary ever acquired by ESPN Films. Since then, Hock has directed or produced seven films for ESPN’s Emmy and Peabody Award winning “30 For 30” series, including “Unguarded” about Chris Herren, which was named Best Documentary of 2011 by Sports Illustrated; “The Best That Never Was” about Marcus Dupree (2010); “Survive and Advance” about Jim Valvano (2013); “Of Miracles and Men,” about the “Miracle on Ice” game from the point of view of the Soviet players (winner of the Emmy for Best Sports Documentary – 2015) and “Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies” (2017). His other docs include “The Lost Son of Havana” (2009), “Off the Rez” (2011) and “Fastball” (2015), all of which premiered at Tribeca.