Nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award, an NAACP Image Award, and nominated for Best Documentary by the International Press Academy, A MOST BEAUTIFUL THING was called “amazing” by Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times; “a movie we all need right now” by Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter;  “extraordinary” by film critic Wade Major; an “absolute must watch” by Deadspin, and “one of the best films this decade” by ChicagoNow (and garnering a 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating).  Narrated by the Academy Award/Grammy-winning artist, Common; executive produced by NBA Stars Grant Hill and Dwyane Wade along with Grammy Award-winning producer 9th Wonder; and directed by award-winning filmmaker (and Olympic rower) Mary Mazzio, the film chronicles the first African American high school rowing team in this country (made up of young men, many of whom were in rival gangs from the West Side of Chicago), all coming together to row in the same boat. An amazing story. Based on the memoir by Arshay Cooper.

Arshay Cooper on location in Chicago during the filming of A MOST BEAUTIFUL THING. © 2019 C Hauck.

The film, which was set to debut at South by Southwest and open theatrically nationwide in 20 major cities with AMC Theatres, is now on Peacock (NBC’s new streaming service) and Amazon Prime.  Later this year, Amazon Music will be dropping a new companion soundtrack (“A Most Beautiful Thing Soundtrack”) produced by Grammy-winning producer, 9th Wonder, along with high profile hip-hop artists (including Anderson .Paak, Rapsody (BET’s 2020 Lyricist of the Year) and J-Roc).  In addition, FILA unveiled a signature limited edition FILA x A MOST BEAUTIFUL THING Tennis 88 shoe with proceeds to benefit the A Most Beautiful Thing Inclusion Fund.

In December, Pepsi and the Miami Dolphins hosted a MOST BEAUTIFUL THING WEEKEND in Miami with an outdoor screening at the Hard Rock Stadium, a performance by one of the young hip-hop artists who worked on the film score, and a 1000 meal give-away to families experiencing food insecurity. Pepsi also co-hosted an event in February with the Obama Foundation and Champs Mentoring for thousands of underserved young people in Chicago that will featured a panel discussion with the cast of the film and a giveaway of over 500 meals for the young people in attendance.

50% of all profits from box office, film screenings, license fees and merchandise will be donated to the A Most Beautiful Thing Inclusion Fund (to support the work of Arshay Cooper and inclusion efforts in the sport of rowing) as well as trauma research in under-served communities, along with social justice initiatives with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

an amazing film… uplifting and inspirational and just plain cool.

– Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times