With Tucker Carlson’s rep, you’d think a film from Fox would want to demonize black and brown inmates, but this documentary from Michael Tolajian (Bluegrass Kingdom: The Gospel of Kentucky Basketball) does just the opposite. The San Quentin Warriors, an all-inmate team in one of America’s most well-known prisons, are united by a desire to have a winning season. But the basketball games, while as exciting as any March Madness match, are the least compelling part of the movie, which uses the sport more as a vehicle to explore the journey these inmates have been on since arriving at San Quentin.
Your last chance to see Q Ball at the 45th Seattle International Film Festival happens this afternoon at SIFF Cinema Uptown. Further details here. Check out The Stranger's complete SIFF guide here. Q-Ball will premiere on Fox Sports 1 (FS1) on May 29.