New Magic Johnson Documentary Will Close Out Detroit Film Festival

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The Freep Film Festival will close with a new docuseries about Michigan's very own, Earvin "Magic" Johnson.

The festival, produced by the Detroit Free Press, announced Monday (April 18) that it will close out with an episode of the new Apple TV+ docuseries They Call Me Magic. The new series follows the life and legacy of the legendary LA Lakers player, beginning with his humble beginnings in Lansing.

According to the Free Press, the docuseries' appearance at the festival will be the first installment of the multi-part project. The first episode follows Johnson's early years as a high school phenomenon and career at Michigan State –– including bringing the University to its first-ever NCAA Championship.

The project is directed by Rick Famuyiwa and includes never-before-seen interviews with Cookie Johnson, Larry Bird, Snoop Dogg, Michael Jordan, President Barack Obama, Samuel L. Jackson, and more. The series is slated to debut on the streaming platform later this month.

The Freep Film Festival is being held from April 27 to May 1 at the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of the Arts. For ticket information, and to learn more about the project, please click HERE.

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