TIM WALTZ, age 32, is a young college basketball coach on the rise. Smart, telegenic and blessed with a personality that pulls everyone he meets into his orbit, it’s not a question of if Tim becomes a household name, but when.
And he owes it all to his mentor and former coach, Sidney (55), a giant of Division I hoops. When the final chapter of his career is written, Sidney will stand alongside coaching legends like Indiana’s Bobby knight and UCLA’s John Wooden, as a winner and a man of intense disposition.
On the surface Tim and Sidney have it all: accomplished careers in sports, families to share their success with, fame and wealth and many promising years ahead.
The one complication?
They are both gay, and involved in a sexual relationship with one another – a secret they have guarded for the last ten years.
NEVADA ZOO is a dramatic short film about a public friendship that is in fact something else; a story about friends who are at once convinced of their right to be together and the disastrous consequences of the world finding out; a story about the life-changing decisions these men make under the threat of exposure.
To tell this story with the subtlety and intelligence it requires, we have put together a team of artists committed to provocative and commercially-viable filmmaking.
Our co-directors, Justin Staley and Daniel Patterson, won the HBO Short Film Competition at the American Black Film Festival in 2010. Their film STAG AND DOE is now running on HBO through 2012.
Daniel, who is also our Director of Photography, most recently shot the feature film GUN HILL ROAD, which was extremely well-received at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
And Pat Golden, casting director of PLATOON, BLUE VELVET and NEW JACK CITY, just agreed to cast the film.
We couldn’t be more excited to share this project with you. Please check back for updates.
Kurt C. Scott
Writer and Executive Producer