An original documentary feature that chronicles one superfan’s search for truth and redemption for her hometown NBA team, the Vancouver Grizzlies –
Toronto, ON (November 10, 2021) – UNINTERRUPTED Canada in partnership with Crossover Films and Bell Media today announced the production of a full-length original documentary feature titled THE GRIZZLIE TRUTH. The film explores the mysterious departure of the Vancouver Grizzlies NBA franchise through the eyes of director and superfan Kathleen S. Jayme. Her search, 25 years after the team left, explores the unique and remarkable untold story behind the franchise’s downfall and the impact it had on the community. Much more than a sports story, THE GRIZZLIE TRUTH is a blend of mystery, mixed with a comedy of errors and a true underdog epic that drives Jayme’s search for the truth about what happened to the franchise. Production and principal photography are currently underway with a theatrical debut with Photon Films set for Fall 2022 and broadcast debut with Bell Media in Winter 2022.
“I am so honored to be able to tell the story of a team that means so much to me and so many other fans and ballers that were impacted by the Vancouver Grizzlies,” said Director Kathleen S. Jayme. “This untold story has stuck with me for two decades, and I’m so excited to partner with Bell Media, UNINTERRUPTED Canada, and all our partners to share the epic journey of the Vancouver Grizzlies and explore the powerful connection fans have with their hometown team, win or lose.”
THE GRIZZLIE TRUTH pays tribute to the franchise that connected a city and sparked a passion for the game of basketball in Jayme and other young fans. For many, the Vancouver Grizzlies were more than just a team – they taught a community to dream big and keep persevering. Even though the team only existed in the city for six seasons, its legacy lives on throughout Vancouver and within the many lifelong basketball fans that it created throughout British Columbia.
“This project presents a rich opportunity to explore an intriguing part of sports history that has never really been told,” said Executive Producer & Chief Content Officer of UNINTERRUPTED Canada Vinay Virmani. “The passionate lens that Kathleen brings to the story as both the director and a lifelong Grizzlies fan creates an authenticity that will pull in basketball fans from across the country and around the world.”
UNINTERRUPTED Canada’s CEO Scott Moore and Virmani are executive producers, in collaboration with Crossover Films producer Michael Tanko Grand and James Brown of Christie Street Creative.
Bell Media delivers the premiere of THE GRIZZLIE TRUTH exclusively to Canadian viewers on TSN and Crave platforms. Photon Films oversees theatrical distribution in Canada, with UNINTERRUPTED overseeing US and International distribution. The film is produced by Crossover Films and Christie Street Creative with funding support from Bell Media, Canada Media Fund, Telefilm Canada, Rogers Documentary Fund, and Creative BC.
“This documentary is a compelling story of basketball fandom on Canada’s West Coast, told with genuine devotion to the Grizzlies,” said Nathalie Cook, VP, TSN and RDS. “Viewers across the country will connect with Kathleen S. Jayme’s unique storytelling lens, as the film brings back heartfelt memories and answers decades-old questions.”
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