Seattle film festival screens 'Sonicsgate' about team's arrival in OKC 

What Christmas gift can you get that naughty Oklahoma City resident deserving of a lump of coal? If you can't find that cassingle of Color Me Badd's "All 4 Love," a DVD of a new documentary from the Emerald City might be the right stocking stuffer.

The feature-length film "Sonicsgate," which is directed by fan-filmmaker Jason Reid, documents the 2008 legal battle that ended in Seattle losing its beloved SuperSonics franchise before it morphed into the Oklahoma City Thunder. Free copies were distributed at the Seattle International Film Festival Cinema, where the film is slated to play through Thursday.

"Former Sonics guard Slick Watts is scheduled to attend the Saturday showing, so there might be an autograph opportunity," wrote Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Sports Blog on Dec. 8.

"No word if the real star of the show " Clay Bennett " will attend.  I'm guessing no."

Bennett declined an interview for "Sonicsgate," but Reid films himself chasing an SUV transporting the future Thunder honcho from a federal courthouse following lease-breaking proceedings, according to Seattle Weekly, which described Howard Schultz's Sonics ownership group's deal as "a poor-sport temper tantrum with dire consequences."

"Schultz and his partners then sold the team to an Oklahoma City ownership group at a time when anyone who knew anything about pro basketball knew Oklahoma City was angling for its own team," according to Seattle Weekly.

CFN knows that OKC fans love their Thunder, but not everyone is smiling. ESPN's Bill Simmons recently opined that the franchise was "stolen from Seattle " literally, stolen, and if you don't believe me, watch this movie."

And what do the critics say about the new Seattle-centric flick?

"This documentary account of the way the Seattle Sonics were unceremoniously wrenched from the city by a carpetbagging ownership group from Oklahoma City is overlong, but it does lay out a lousy saga of how billionaires and corporate interests are controlling sports," wrote Robert Horton, movie critic for The Daily Herald in Everett, Wash. "Lots of talking heads, including former Sonics, tell the sad tale."

The film's Web site is streaming the doc.

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