First look at the Kobe-Spike Lee doc


“Kobe Doin’ Work” is the title that Spike Lee will go with on the documentary he’s finished for ESPN Films on a total-access approach to capturing the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant. and it was announced today that it will debut at The Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 25.

The festival runs April 22-May 3 in lower Manhattan.

ESPN will then air it on Saturday, May 16 at 4:30 p.m. Then, according to a posting on, the DVD will be released on May 19 for $19.95 (linked here). Netflix already is allowing people to save it for their home delivery viewing as well (linked here).

Thus, Kobe’s media rehabilitation tour will be well on its way to making him that much more fan friendly. Hey, we’re just going by what image-conscious Kobe said in that cover story in Complex magazine (linked here). And we’re not the one who felt the need to appear on “Deal Or No Deal.” (linked here).

During the Lakers-Spurs playoff series last year — in April, ’08 — Lee and cinematographer Matthew Libatique, spent the day with Bryant during a Sunday game at Staples Center, with unlimited access before, during and after the contest, using 17 cameras (blog item about that linked here).

Last May, ESPN’s “E:60” showed some of that filming:

When Bryant was with the Lakers in New York last month (linked here) — the same night he scored 61 points against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden — he and Lee got together afterward and did some post-production on the documentary.

Lee did a Q-and-A with TheLakersNation blog to explain what went into the making of it (linked here).

And finally: Have a look at a 1:14 minute clip of it here: (

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