Documentary on Trey Johnson Will Premier at Film Festival

BAKERSFIELD, June 29, 2012 – Jeff Camarra’s NBA D-League Documentary “Up & Down” will premier on Saturday, June 30 at the Manhattan Film Festival. The documentary details the travels of Bakersfield Jam Guard Trey Johnson through the NBA Development League and his one shot to make it to the NBA.

In the 2010-11 season, Camarra, a Knicks Fan, read about Trey Johnson after learning that the Knicks were looking to pick up a D-Leaguer, and became intrigued by his story. Camarra got the Bakersfield Jam, Trey Johnson, and the NBA on board to film a documentary on Johnson’s road to the NBA. After approvals across the board, Camarra lived in Johnson’s house for eight days while he participated in the D-League Showcase, and got a feel for what the day-to-day life is for Johnson and all D-Leaguers.

Camarra wants the film to inspire people to go after their dreams, even when there is a lot at stake. “I tried to be as objective as I could but he is a guy you wanted to see do well,” Camarra said of Johnson, with whom he became friends with during the filming. “It was Trey’s shot to make it and it was really my first attempt at making a movie,” Camarra said.

“Up & Down” will premier on June 30th at 9 p.m. at the Manhattan Film Festival in New York City. The documentary will also be playing at the Metropolitan Film Festival in New York City July 14th, where it has won Honorable Mention Best Documentary, and at the Peach Tree International Film Festival in Georgia in August.