Jul 26, 2016 • 6:00 PM




BRIC House Stoop
647 Fulton Street
(Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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Photo courtesy of I AM THALENTE

Brooklyn Free Speech has teamed up with Seed&Spark and is inviting you to join us for a celebration of sports in the media landscape. Rep your sports team with a cap or a jersey, and enjoy an evening of sports talk, sports shows, and sports documentaries with Brooklyn media makers and Brooklyn sports fans. 

Jessica Mason & Michael Bellamy 

Real Fans Real Talk 
Producer: Mark Szuszkiewicz

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Mark is the Producer and Co-host of the award winning sports talk television show Real Fans Real Talk (2013, 2014, and 2015 BETA awards for best TV series, best talk show, and best entertainment program). Special TV episodes also include a music production, political show, and a fight/weight loss reality TV show. He also organizes events for different charity organizations and is an advisory board member of Growth and Development Services Inc., which is a non profit organization that helps children with mental health needs. 

Producer: Melanie Hope

Melanie Hope, Director/Producer, is a filmmaker, poet and playwright based in Brooklyn, USA. Her work has appeared in the Melbourne Queer Film & Video Festival, Inside Out Collective (Toronto, Canada), Frameline, Women in the Director’s Chair (Chicago). After years of developing the ideas that inspired “Grounders” she is thrilled to see it take form.


Directed by Natalie Johns

We'll hear from Greg Cohan, Director of Business Development at Seed&Spark who will talk us through on how the company is playing a role in distributing this documentary.

Thalente Biyela is about to turn 18 and needs to decide what to be when he ‘grows up’. Homeless since age nine, he is illiterate his opportunities are limited. At age eight, his first skateboard becomes his escape from turmoil at home, giving him a way to express himself, and access to a community of friends who become family. Skateboarding soon became the driving force in his life, providing him sanctity as he lived on the streets of Durban. An internet video of Thalente skating reaches pro-skater Kenny Anderson who offers to take him under his wing if he makes it to America. Thalente puts his heart and soul to the test to rise above circumstance and shape his future.

The B Scene viewing party series is a great way for Brooklynites to meet professional and aspiring media makers and get their film, television, or web series projects seen.

Have a question? Call or email the B Scene team at or 718.683.5600.


Venue Information:

The Stoop at BRIC House is a public cultural gathering space featuring free, drop-in programming, and offering a place to sit, observe, and participate in multi-disciplinary work. 

Beginning Nov. 1, 2022, attendees of any BRIC House programming will no longer have to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter the building. Masks are encouraged but not required in all BRIC operated spaces. If you have questions regarding this protocol, please email For our full BRIC House COVID-19 policy, visit:

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