EXCLUSIVE: Professional basketball player Jarnell Stokes has committed to produce three indie features: Friedrich Moser’s doc How to Build a Truth Machine, Thriller from writer and director Chadd Harbold Private property, and the family film by writer and director Matthew Greene-DeLange, Skelly.
How to Build a Truth Machine follows award-winning journalists in the fight against fake news, conspiracy theories and disinformation. Stokes is co-producing the film, which is currently in production, with George Clooney and Grant Heslov of Smokehouse Pictures.
Private property is a remake of the 1960 noir film of the same name, starring Ashley Benson, Shiloh Fernandez, Logan Miller, Frank Whaley and Jay Pharoah, produced by Redwire Pictures. The project is currently in post-production with plans for a release in 2022.
Also in the post is Skelly, which revolves around a boy struggling with death after losing his grandfather. Brian Cox, Torrey DeVitto, John Palladino and Judah Abner Paul star in the film that Walk Like A Duck Entertainment is producing.
In addition to these projects, Stokes recently committed to producing the biopic BB King: The King of the Blues with music mogul Vassal Benford. The project, which focuses on King’s inspirational life story, was written by Marvin Williams. Among the previously announced projects that Stokes has signed as Executive Producer under his recently launched Stoked Film Group banner is the horror comedy Hunter, with Abigail Breslin, Thomas Jane and Malin Akerman, and the thriller dig, with Thomas Jane, Emile Hirsch and Liana Liberato. Both projects were led by K. Asher Levin and are produced in collaboration with BondIt Media Capital.
Stokes is an athlete, entrepreneur, film producer, and social activist who previously played for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Sioux Falls Skyforce, and Denver Nuggets. The two-time Olympic champion currently plays for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. Outside the court, Stokes has established himself as an entrepreneur in several sectors, including sports brand management, food and wellness, cryptocurrency, and philanthropy, among others. His journey as an activist against social injustice recently struck his hometown as he worked to get local politicians to prevent a proposed oil pipeline from crossing mostly black neighborhoods in South Memphis. Stokes is also a board member of the Environmental Media Association, which gives him a platform to promote green production and raise awareness. He has served as a grassroots ambassador for the Hip Hop Caucus for the past few years and is working with the nonprofit to develop new projects for film and television.
Stokes is represented by Tammy Hunt of CSP Management.