March 20, 2018

The Film I Kickstarted Back in 2011 is Finally Here: Watch Netflix’s Timely Trailer for 'AMATEUR'

I started working on my first feature 'AMATEUR' back in 2011 (the year after I founded No Film School). The film is finally (almost) here.

AMATEUR is a Netflix Original and will premiere worldwide on April 6, 2018. It stars Michael Rainey Jr. (PowerLuv), Josh Charles (The Good WifeSports Night), Sharon Leal (AddictedDreamgirls), Brian White (Ray DonovanScandal), and Corey Parker Robinson (The Wire).

The film was a Sundance Screenwriters Lab selection and is produced by Jason Berman (The Birth of a Nation) and Chip Hourihan (Frozen River), and executive produced by former NBA All-Stars Tony Parker and Michael Finley. I can't wait to share it with the world.

14-year-old basketball phenom Terron Forte has to navigate the under-the-table world of amateur athletics when he is recruited to an elite NCAA prep school.

With college basketball's March Madness in full swing amid the ongoing FBI investigations into corruption in "amateur" athleticsAMATEUR couldn't be more timely. Here's our poster:

Amateur a Netflix Film

AMATEUR started right here on No Film School—with a Kickstarter campaign—back when the screenplay was titled MANCHILD. Over the years, I wrote about the process — including running a Kickstarter campaign, making a short, and going to the Sundance Screenwriters Lab — but I've been offline for the past two years as we went through production, which was quite a bit more than a full-time job. Now that it's finished, I'm back.

I'm looking forward to sharing what I learned in the past two years directing AMATEUR, and to do so in-depth, we're launching a new podcast titled The First Feature:

Every episode of The First Feature will cover a different phase of production, from screenwriting, to prep, to production, to release. It will be a step-by-step guide to everything I did to get my first feature made, and the lessons I learned along the way.

Episode one is coming soon — make sure you're subscribed to the main No Film School podcast feed in iTunesSoundcloud, or the podcasting app of your choice to get it. Feel free to add AMATEUR to your Netflix queue in the meantime as well! Finally, if you supported the film on Kickstarter way back when... thank you.     

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Congrats!!! I've been following this website since the beginning, I remember hearing about that basketball film and was recently wondering what happened. I'm glad i'll be able to watch it in Netflix (I'm in France).

March 20, 2018 at 12:51PM, Edited March 20, 12:51PM

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Vincent Galiano
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Finally!! Well done. Can't wait to see it!!

March 20, 2018 at 1:35PM

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I was driving today and I was like whatever happened to that film that the founder of nofilmschool was blogging about back in 2011. I did a google search and boom 2 hours prior you posted this article. It is about time. I can't wait till April.

March 20, 2018 at 1:49PM

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Such an awesome accomplishment! I remember when you were talking about writing this....

March 20, 2018 at 3:22PM

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Walter Wallace
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Congrats, Ryan!
Such a great accomplishment.

March 21, 2018 at 4:55AM

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good here so sweet nofilm school

March 21, 2018 at 8:25AM, Edited March 21, 8:25AM

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vishwadev
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Would you ever do a series of MANCHILD. The idea of a high school basketball player that is coming from middle/ upper class was very intriguing.

March 21, 2018 at 11:01AM, Edited March 21, 11:29AM

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Howard L Hughes
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Congratulations!!!

March 21, 2018 at 12:34PM, Edited March 21, 12:34PM

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I've been following this since the beginning. The trailer looks great! Well done Koo.

March 21, 2018 at 2:21PM, Edited March 21, 2:21PM

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Congrats! Can't wait to see the full film! (well, I can wait a little longer...)

March 22, 2018 at 7:10PM, Edited March 22, 7:10PM

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Congratulations! Looking forward to watching this one. I stumbled across NoFilmSchool sometime in 2011 or 2012 and found it very helpful right as I was beginning my first feature (documentary). My film finally premiered on PBS in September. Filmmaking — especially first films, sure do take a while.

March 23, 2018 at 12:52PM

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Ryan Jacobi
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DUDE so cool to see this happen. What a journey for you. Big ups, glad I could be along the ride with NoFilmSchool :)

March 29, 2018 at 6:20PM, Edited March 29, 6:20PM

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Ty Besh
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