New documentary film traces high school basketball star’s return to the court after life-saving heart transplant
Toronto, ON (September 27th, 2023) – The highly anticipated Heart and Sole: The Dylan Kalambay Story documentary film directed by Michael Hamilton (CBC’s Anyone’s Game, Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash’s documentary Nash), produced by Game Seven Media (Netflix’s Muscles & Mayhem: An Unauthorized Story of American Gladiators) world premieres in Toronto on October 14th at University of Toronto’s Innis College Town Hall Theatre.
In November of 2020, Toronto high school basketball star Dylan Kalambay’s world turned upside down. He experienced heart failure at the young age of 16. Over the next six months he had open heart surgery and not long after, thanks to the generosity of an organ donor and their family, Dylan received a life-saving heart transplant. In the fall of 2021, after a long and challenging recovery, Dylan stepped back onto the court to pursue his dream of obtaining an NCAA Division 1 basketball scholarship, and becoming the first player ever to do so with a donated heart.
Heart and Sole features Toronto Raptors world champion and NBA All-Star Pascal Siakam, Philadelphia 76ers head coach Nick Nurse, and the parents of Humboldt Broncos ice hockey player and organ donor Logan Boulet, who inspired more than 100,000 people to become registered organ donors following the Humboldt bus crash in 2018. The film takes viewers on a winding and unlikely journey as Dylan pursues his dreams both on and off the court, and continues to try and comprehend his second chance at life, his new identity as a basketball player and transplant recipient, and a desire to connect with his donor family to learn more about the person that lost their life in order for him to continue his.
“I thought it would be inspiring to share my journey with those who might be going through challenges or going through the same thing as me,” says the 6’10 Toronto-born basketball star of Congolese descent, who’s played for Canada Basketball’s U16 national team alongside ex-teammates who are now in the NBA – Shaedon Sharpe (Portland Trail Blazers), Leonard Miller (Minnesota Timberwolves), Caleb Houstan (Orlando Magic) – and for top AAU basketball club Canada Elite.
“I think this film might connect with people coming from all different walks of life, demographics and cultures, who might not know about the heart transplant process.”
This screening is presented by Canadian Blood Services and will be followed by an insightful panel discussion hosted by On Point Basketball’s Drew Ebanks, featuring student-athlete Dylan Kalambay, Director Michael Hamilton, Toby and Bernadine Boulet, and pediatric cardiologist at Sick Kids Hospital Dr. Aamir Jeewa.
Heart and Sole ticket info: HERE
About Game Seven Media:
Game Seven Media (G7M) is a creative production company founded by Kyle McCutcheon, Chris Koras and Peter Sussman who recently joined as a partner. This past June 2023 their five-part series debuted on Netflix called Muscles and Mayhem, which is about the rise and fall of the iconic 90’s TV series American Gladiators and hit number one on Netflix US/Canada in less than 24hrs. G7M also developed and produced the six episode Canadian Screen Award nominated series Anyone’s Game for CBC, which documented the meteoric rise of one of the most successful basketball programs in North America and the Canadian Screen Award nominated The Northern Touch for TSN with acclaimed director Brent Hodge. Prior to joining G7M as a partner, Peter Sussman built a storied career in film/tv and is most known for assembling the CSI Franchise with CBS and more recently the award-winning series Schitt’s Creek.
About Canadian Blood Services:
Canadian Blood Services operates with a national scope and infrastructure that makes it unique within the Canadian health care system. In the domain of organs and tissues Canadian Blood Services manages programs that facilitate interprovincial organ sharing and works in collaboration with provincial programs and partners to improve the organ donation and transplantation system. Initiatives led by Canadian Blood Services include the development of leading practices, professional education, national public education initiatives and awareness campaigns. Learn more about organ and tissue donation in Canada at blood.ca/organs-tissues.
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