NBA Films for Fans created with OLG: ‘Born Identities’ by Kathleen S. Jayme | NBA.com Canada

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NBA Films for Fans created with OLG is a Toronto International Film Festival Special Event, featuring films created by fans for fans, in celebration of the NBA’s landmark 75th anniversary season.

As part of the celebration, NBA.com will look at how the world of film and basketball world often intertwine, including a closer look at the five films set to premiere at the festival. The first is “Born Identities” directed by Kathleen S. Jayme.

In 1995, professional basketball returned to Canada in the form of not one, but two expansion NBA franchises, the Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies.

Both the Raptors and Grizzlies made quite the impression on the league, with logos and uniforms that epitomize the look and feel of the 1990s. From Toronto’s jagged pinstripe uniforms to Vancouver’s vibrant teal and oversized wordmark prominently featured on the jersey, each team rolled out iconic uniforms in their first-ever NBA season, and each identity resonates among all basketball fans over 25 years later.

But what goes into a team’s identity?

In “Born Identities,” Canadian filmmaker Kathleen S. Jayme takes a deeper look, in a short film that “chronicles the genesis of the logos of Canada’s two NBA franchises, the Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies during the league’s 1995 expansion north of the border.”

Based in Vancouver, BC, Jayme is an award-winning Filipina-Canadian filmmaker, whose documentary, “Finding Big Country,” which chronicles a quest to locate former Vancouver lottery pick Bryant “Big Country” Reeves, has received international acclaim.

Jayme’s passion for both the Grizzlies and basketball as a whole shines through her work, which is evident in the trailer for “Born Identities,” set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Stick with NBA.com for more on the NBA Films for Fans that will soon debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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