High Flying Bird

High Flying Bird is a 2019 American sports drama film coordinated by Steven Soderbergh, from a story recommended by André Holland, with the screenplay by Tarell Alvin McCraney. The film stars Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Glenn Fleshler, Jeryl Prescott, Justin Hurtt-Dunkley, Caleb McLaughlin, Bobbi Bordley, Kyle MacLachlan and Bill Duke.

It had its reality debut at the Slamdance Film Festival on January 27, 2019. It was discharged on February 8, 2019, by Netflix.


André Holland as Ray Burke

Zazie Beetz as Sam

Melvin Gregg as Erick Scott

Sonja Sohn as Myra

Zachary Quinto as David Starr

Kyle MacLachlan as David Seton

Bill Duke as Spencer

Jeryl Prescott as Emera Umber

Caleb McLaughlin as Darius

Glenn Fleshler as Intimidating Seton Colleague

Justin Hurtt-Dunkley as Jamero Umber

Bobbi Bordley as Freddy

High Flying Bird
High Flying Bird

Additionally, Skip Bayless, Shannon Sharpe, Joy Taylor, Evan Rosenblum, Van Lathan, Kristina Pink, and Harry Edwards appears as themselves. B-ball players Reggie Jackson, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Donovan Mitchellmake appearances as themselves in individual meeting scenes.


In October 2017, it was announced André Holland had been cast in the movie, with Steven Soderbergh directing from a screenplay composed by Tarell Alvin McCraney, with Extenstion 765 producing. In March 2018, Zazie Beetz and Kyle MacLachlan joined the cast of the film. In April 2018, Melvin Gregg joined the cast of the movie.


Vital photography began in February 2018, in New York City and the film wrapped on March 15, 2018. The film was shot utilizing an iPhone 8 smartphone, furnished with a wide-point focal point delivered by Moondog Labs.


In September 2018, Netflix acquired dissemination rights to the film. Speaking about how Netflix engaged with the movie, director Steven Soderbergh explained:

“I’d been in discussions with Netflix during Unsane [also shot on an iPhone], and when I wound up going in an unexpected way, I stated, ‘Look, I have this other thing, I will ensure you get eyes on it early.’ When it was essentially completed, I conveyed it to them and they stated, ‘Incredible, we’d like to get it.’ It felt like, the sort of film it is, the most ideal approach to augment eyeballs. It has a superior shot at discovering every one of the general population who will like it. Something else, it’s a moderate moving stage discharge, which are costly and you’re bound by where the enormous arthouse theaters are. You can’t simply go anyplace. I just felt I’d preferably have it drop and have everyone have the capacity to see it.”

High Flying Bird
High Flying Bird

It had its reality debut at the Slamdance Film Festival on January 27, 2019. It was discharged on February 8, 2019.


High Flying Bird received positive surveys from film commentators. It holds a 94% endorsement rating on survey aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, in light of 48 audits, with a weighted average of 7.7/10. The site’s basic accord peruses: “High Flying Bird takes an attentive and engaging see pro athletics that sees Steven Soderbergh proceeding to test the points of confinement of new filmmaking technology.” On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 78 out of 100, in light of 19 faultfinders, specifying “for the most part positive surveys”.

High Flying Bird
High Flying Bird