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Tribeca 2012 Preview - "Benji" (Portrait Of A Basketball Phenom Admired Both On & Off The Court)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act March 14, 2012 at 9:52AM

The story goes... In 1984, 17-year-old Ben Wilson was a symbol of everything promising about Chicago: a sweet-natured youngster from the city's fabled South Side, and America's top high school basketball prospect. His senseless murder on the day before his senior season devastated the city of Chicago and sent ripples of anguish nationwide.
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The story goes... In 1984, 17-year-old Ben Wilson was a symbol of everything promising about Chicago: a sweet-natured youngster from the city's fabled South Side, and America's top high school basketball prospect. His senseless murder on the day before his senior season devastated the city of Chicago and sent ripples of anguish nationwide.

The documentary titled simply Benji, is described as a stirring portrait of a phenom admired both on the court and off; the story of a legend who might have been.

Premiering at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival, the feature doc was directed by Chike and Coodie.

No media on it yet, but a search revealed this 2009 short doc from CSN Chicago titled Gone But Not Forgotten, Remembering Ben "Benji" Wilson, which aired 25 years after Wilson's death.

Watch part 1 below to familiarize yourself with the Ben Wilson's story, ahead of Chike and Coodie's feature doc Tribeca date:

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