Soul in the Hole

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Soul In The Hole is a 1997 documentary film about aspiring basketball coach Kenny Jones, his playground dream team "Kenny's Kings," the relationship between him and his players (particularly playground phenom 18-year-old Ed "Booger" Smith) and life in Brooklyn during the summer.

Soul in the Hole
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byDanielle Gardner
Produced byLilibet Foster
StarringKenny Jones
CinematographyPaul Gibson
Edited byMelissa Neidich
Distributed byNorthern Arts Entertainment (US); Celluloid Dreams (International)
Release date
  • August 8, 1997 (1997-08-08)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States

It won the Independent Spirit: Truer Than Fiction Award (tied with Errol Morris' "Fast, Cheap and Out of Control")[1] and was nominated for an International Documentary Association Award (IDA).[2] Named Top Ten Gem by Premiere Magazine; twice-named Top Ten Film and called "...The best film made about basketball--and about growing up black, male and street..." by the Village Voice . Selected in competition or otherwise screened at the Rotterdam, Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Helsinki, Festival des Femmes, New Zealand and other international film festivals.

Box officeEdit

Soul in the Hole was given a theatrical release on August 8, 1997. The film grossed $69,690 while being shown in 6 theaters. Internationally, it was theatrically and television released in America, Germany and the UK and many other countries by Celluloid Dreams.[3]


A soundtrack containing hip hop music was released on July 29, 1997 by Loud Records, with the theme song by The WuAllStars. It peaked at 73 on the Billboard 200 and 13 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.


  1. ^ 13th Independent Spirit Awards#Truer Than Fiction Award
  2. ^ "IDA Awards".
  3. ^ "Celluloid Dreams".

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