Kiefer Sykes featured in 2018 SXSW Film Festival

Here’s a review of a new documentary featuring UW-Green Bay’s Kiefer Sykes ’15 (Communication). “It’s impossible to watch the new documentary Chi-Town, from first-time feature-director Nick Budabin, without thinking of Steve James‘ great 1994 Hoop Dreams (also a first feature). Both movies focus on high-school basketball players from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago, following the up-and-down trajectories of their hopes and, yes, dreams. Whereas James chose multiple subjects and traced their high-school careers, however, Budabin aims his lens squarely on his lone protagonist’s college life and attempted entry into the pros. Though I, myself, have no particular interest in, or knowledge of, the sport in question, I nevertheless found Budabin’s brisk (just 80 minutes) profile of a young man struggling to beat the odds quite compelling.”