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Welcome! And thank you for your interest in
TRANSCENDING - The Wat Misaka Story.
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Transcending DVD
subtitled in
Japanese and English


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We have been so inspired by this wonderful man and his story of overcoming the racial hostility of the 1940s to become the first person of color to be drafted into what is now the NBA -- and know that you will be, too. Also please check out a great article that appeared in Sports Illustrated about that 1944 Utah Cinderella Team written by Alexander Wolff and Michael Atchison.

Basketball

 
Garden Welcome

New York Times

NYTimes

Sports of the Times

Wat Misaka, Pioneering Knick, Returns to the Garden - George Vecsey, NYTimes.com

Knicks Pioneer Roots for the Underdog in Lin - George Vecsey, NYTimes.com

President Obama thanks Wat at
The White House.


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NPR Logo Pro Basketball's First Asian-American Player Looks At Lin, And Applauds - by Bill Chappell, NPR

On December 20, 2009, the New York Knicks celebrated Wat center court at Madison Square Garden, recognizing, at long last, his place in basketball history. "Once a Knick, always a Knick!" back to top

BBC Radio BBC Radio interview in Madison Square Garden


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When we first saw Wat Misaka's picture in Paul Osaki's office at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California in September of 2006, we never imagined what joys would come to us in the three years that followed.

In making this documentary about Wat and his incredible story, we have seen lives impacted and dreams affirmed. People across the country, from ages nine to ninety, have moved us with their tales of inspiration from hearing how Wat Misaka triumphed over adversity. At a time when racism against Japanese Americans was at its all time high, Wat became not only the first draft pick ever for the New York Knicks, but the first collegiate draft pick in professional basketball history.

Yet until recently he has not been acknowledged by either history books or the Basketball Hall of Fame as the barrier-breaker that he was. Sixty-two years later, we watched him get welcomed into the NBA Legends Organization during the NBA All Star Weekend, then welcomed back to the "new" Madison Square Garden and NYC by the Knicks. Not only did famed New York Times sports writer George Vecsey celebrate the fact that "history had rediscovered him", but finally, so did a legendary building in Springfield, Massachusetts. For on August 8, 2009, we witnessed with great pride together, the inclusion, at long last, of Wat Misaka's profile in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.



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Festival News

Gold Kahuna Award
We were given the Emerging Eye Directorial Discovery Award

We were asked to screen our film as part of the 4th annual Roving Eye Documentary Film Festival. That year the festival was on the campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. The focus of the festival is to bring innovative documentary programming into local communities and to engage students, academics, and community members in constructive dialogue.

Gold Kahuna Award

We recently returned from the Honolulu International Film Festival, where we won a "Gold Kahuna Award for Excellence in Filmmaking". We held six screenings in Hawaii, and were especially proud to be invited to President Obama's alma mater, where we shared the film with over 275 of our future leaders.

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