Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story

Year: 2018
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 117 minutes

Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story
Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story
Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story
Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story

On November 19, 2004, the NBA’s Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons played at the Palace in Detroit. With 45 seconds left, Pacer Ron Artest, already notorious for his volcanic temper, sparked an altercation that soon erupted into the stands and became the most shameful and violent incident in NBA history. QUIET STORM is the story of Ron Artest (aka Metta World Peace). Where most documentaries focus on a familiar arc of struggle and triumph, this film dares to go deeper. Beginning with Artest’s childhood in New York’s infamous Queensbridge projects, the film charts his development as a man and a basketball player. It also documents the rise of New York’s crack epidemic and the vicious street culture that gripped the city. Artest not only needed to survive his neighborhood, but he also had to deal with a personal and family history of mental illness. Fearless and honest in its handling of difficult themes, QUIET STORM is presented with narrative force and the energy of a playoff game. It is a story you may have heard, but never like this. —C.R.

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Johnny Sweet

Born and raised in New York City, Johnny Sweet graduated from Syracuse University in 2003. He was an Emmy Award-winning feature producer at ESPN for ten years, primarily covering the NBA and the NFL. Sweet’s first film, "Vick: A Bleacher Report Documentary," won the Associated Press Sports Editor Award for journalism.

Vick: A Bleacher Report Documentary (2016), QUIET STORM: THE RON ARTEST STORY (2018)

Johnny Sweet, Colleen Dominguez, Omar Michaud, Tom Friend

Jonathan Belinski, Mark James, Bryan Brousseau

Jason Sanchez, Pier De Sanctis

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