YOU'RE BETTER THAN THAT is more than just a title. It is everything to the Muhammad family of athletes, especially to the father, Ron Holmes, who eventually sacrifices his freedom for his children's future. With unparalleled access and footage shot over 5 years, this documentary goes behind-the-scenes of a father’s relentless dedication to guide his children to the elite levels of professional sports. We will see how Ron turns his son, Shabazz Muhammad, into an NBA Lottery pick millionaire, his daughter Asia into a top-flight tennis pro (2016 US Open Quarterfinalist), and youngest son, Rashad, striving to surpass his older brother's collegiate accomplishments at Miami University. Along with his own children, he also mentored Steven Zimmerman (NBA Orlando Magic) and Ronny Stanley (NFL Baltimore Ravens). Directed by Kristian Ranker, this inspiring, provocative and often controversial journey of the Muhammads asks the viewer the question, what would YOU sacrifice for your family? Ron Holmes made the ultimate sacrifice, a 3 year federal prison sentence for mortgage fraud, His son Shabazz Muhammad is now playing in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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Los Angeles-based photographer and filmmaker Kristian Ranker is known for his powerful cinematic imagery. He began his career in London shooting for renowned magazines like Dazed, GQ and Citizen K. His documentary style sheds light to create cultural empathy with projects like ‘Walking With Angels’, a story on Los Angeles gang life, to the rivers of Mali, West Africa, working with the Malaria Foundation. For the past 6 1/2 years he's been engaged in his latest, and largest, project to date. The upcoming feature documentary, ‘You're Better Than That’, is a story about what it really takes to get into the NBA, and the sacrifices a family will make to achieve their dreams. The film asks the question: “What would you do for your child’s future?”