MIND/GAME: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw

Chamique and Rick

Chamique Holdsclaw with Rick Goldsmith

From challenging beginnings, Chamique Holdsclaw became the best and most famous women’s basketball player on the planet, the “female Michael Jordan.”  Until her career was derailed by depression and near-suicide.  At first unequipped to deal with mental health issues, her road to recovery was slow and bumpy.  But once she began to recover, she took a risk and began to tell her own story to help others.

She soon became a powerful mental health advocate, a recognized leader in shining a national spotlight on mental illness—especially in sports, among African-Americans, and among youth: populations that are often uncomfortable, like she was, dealing with mental health issues.  Then, in a dramatic reminder of the unpredictability and power of mental illness, months after we began filming, Holdsclaw had a dramatic setback.  Her daily battles for her own recovery, and her openness to revealing them,  are powerful, poignant and instructive.

Mental illness is perhaps the final taboo of America’s pressing social problems.  At a mental health summit in June, 2013, President Obama said, “[We must] make sure that people aren’t suffering in silence” and that our goal “is not to start a conversation… it’s about elevating that conversation to a national level and bringing mental illness out of the shadows.”  Our film of Chamique Holdsclaw’s journey is an excellent vehicle through which we can help do just that.

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PRESS for Mind/Game:

Rick reveals “The Dark Side of Hoop Dreams” to The East Bay Monthly – July 2015

Dave Zirin interviews Chamique on “The Collision” – 4/2/2015 (Starts about 35:10)

Chamique on NBA Hang Time Podcast – 3/31/2015

CHAZ EBERT backs Mind/Game – 03/31/15

Completion of Mind/Game featured in “Shadow and Act” on INDIEWIRE – 03/31/15

Revealing interview with Rick Goldsmith for BUZZFLASH – 03/23/15

SLAM Magazine article on Chamique and Mind/Game – 07/03/14

INDIEWIRE ARTICLE on Mind/Game – 10/16/13

See our LOOK BOOK on the film.

VIEW A CLIP from the film-in-progress here.


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