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Professional basketball player Jarnell Stokes prepares documentary “How to Build an Engine of Truth”, thriller “Private Property” and Brian Cox Pic “Skelly” as EP

EXCLUSIVE: Professional basketball player Jarnell Stokes has signed on to produce three independent feature films: Friedrich Moser’s documentary How to build a truth engine, the thriller of writer-director Chadd Harbold Private property, and the family film by writer-director Matthew Greene-DeLange, Skelly.

How to build a truth engine follows award-winning journalists in the fight against misinformation, conspiracy theories and disinformation. Stokes is the executive producer of the film, which is currently in production, alongside George Clooney and Grant Heslov of Smokehouse Pictures.

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Private property is a remake of the 1960 film noir of the same starring Ashley Benson, Shiloh Fernandez, Logan Miller, Frank Whaley, and Jay Pharoah, which Redwire Pictures is producing. The project is currently in post-production with plans for a 2022 release.

Also in post is Skelly, which focuses on a boy who struggles to come to terms with death after the loss of his grandfather. Brian Cox, Torrey DeVitto, John Palladino and Judah Abner Paul star in the film, which Walk Like A Duck Entertainment is producing.

In addition to these projects, Stokes recently signed on to produce the biopic BB King: the king of the blues with music mogul Vassal Benford. The project centered on King’s inspirational life story was written by Marvin Williams. Previously announced projects that Stokes has signed on to produce under its recently launched Stoked Film Group banner include the horror comedy Killers, with Abigail Breslin, Thomas Jane and Malin Akerman, and the thriller To dig, with Thomas Jane, Emile Hirsch and Liana Liberato. Both projects were produced by K. Asher Levin and are produced in association with BondIt Media Capital.

Stokes is an athlete, entrepreneur, film producer, and social activist who previously played for the NBA Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Sioux Falls Skyforce, and Denver Nuggets. The two-time Olympic gold medalist currently plays for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. Off the pitch, Stokes has diversified as an entrepreneur into several industries, including sports brand management, food and wellness, cryptocurrency and philanthropy, among others. His journey as an activist against social injustice recently hit his hometown as he worked to get local policymakers to stop a pipeline project from crossing predominantly black neighborhoods in southern Memphis. Stokes also sits as a board member of the Environmental Media Association, which has given him a platform to encourage green production and raise environmental awareness. In recent years he has served as a local Hip Hop Caucus Ambassador and partnered with the nonprofit to create new projects for film and television.

Stokes is represented by Tammy Hunt of CSP Management.

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