From The Heart Of Compton

Court Crandall’s next film, a documentary about hope and community at Compton High School, is receiving massive press attention, largely do to an unscripted plot twist.

At the center of the film is a free throw shooting contest, where the winner is awarded $40,000 in college tuition money. The contest, open to Compton High students with a 3.0 or better grade point average, was conducted and filmed last spring. Allen Geui, an outstanding student and star on the school’s basketball team, won. But Geui will be attending Cal State Northridge next fall on a basketball scholarship, so he decided to gift the prize money to the other contestants. According to, Guei would have been allowed to keep the money under NCAA rules.

“I’ve already been blessed so much and I know we’re living with a bad economy, so I know this money can really help my classmates,” Guei said.

Crandall told me the film is being edited now and will be ready to submit to Sundance by September’s deadline. He’s also planning to screen the film in Compton this fall.

Previously on AdPulp: Shoot Free Throws, Reach The Moon



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.