New YorkNovember 11, 2020 – Ari has recently joined Emmy® Award Winning Director, Nick Nanton, DNA Films® and Abundance Studios™ for the production of a new documentary feature on the life story of legendary basketball personality, Dick Vitale.

The Emmy® Award Winning DNA Films crew began principal filming for the yet-to-be-titled film in South Florida, where Vitale lives, in mid November.

Nanton interviewed Vitale in which the sportscaster shared memories from his meteoric rise from a junior high coach to leading the NBA’s Detroit Pistons in just nine years before moving into sports broadcasting. Vitale also opened up about lessons he learned growing up as a kid who was bullied after he lost his sight in one eye.

Filming will continue over the coming months with interviews with former players and coaches from Vitale’s early coaching days in guiding East Rutherford High School in New Jersey to two consecutive state championships. Interviews will also feature stories from Vitale’s days as an assistant coach at Rutgers University in the 1970s, and his time at the University of Detroit where he led the Titans to the greatest year in the history of the school during the 1976-77 seasons.

The documentary will include Vitale’s short stay with the Detroit Pistons in the NBA and then follow his 40+ years at ESPN where he has become a household name. This film will show the journey that led Vitale to be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as well as the National Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Coming Fall of 2021, the film will show a side of Dickie V that even the most ardent fans have never seen, along with imparting valuable life lessons from a man who still lives by values his parents taught him growing up in New Jersey, like, ‘be good to people, and people will be good to you.’

About Ari

Ari Bernstein, M.D. grew up on Long Island, New York and went to Syosset High School. His interests in medicine and science led him as a young child to programs at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and science summer camp. He eventually went on to study pre-med and psychology at Long Island University CW Post. During college, he spent a summer back at Cold Spring Harbor labs learning and assisting with the Human Genome Project. He furthered his research interest when he spent time assisting a post-doctoral fellow at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons during his college years.

Dr. Bernstein went on to graduate magna cum laude, and had a 3.9 GPA within his psychology major. Ari completed his medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine, his Internal Medicine residency at New York Presbyterian-Queens, and is Board-certified in Internal Medicine.

His strong interest in entrepreneurship and the improvement of the current healthcare system led him to invest and join the medical advisory board of Fruitstreet Health, a telemedicine diabetes prevention program startup.

Ari’s medical experience includes internal medicine, emergency medicine and working with various healthcare administrations. He has a strong interest in leading healthcare teams to deliver outstanding patient care.

Ari has spent extensive time studying self-development and the Law of Attraction, and prides himself on helping others learn and grow. His future interests include business, real estate and the use of his knowledge and experience to make an impact on the lives of others.

His interests outside of medicine include sports, fishing, animals, marine aquariums, helping various charity medical organizations fight cancer and disease, and spending time with his family and pets.

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About DNA Films®:

DNA Films® is led by 16-time Emmy® Award Winning Director and Producer, Nick Nanton and 7-time Emmy® Award Winning Producer, JW Dicks. Dicks and Nanton have produced multiple award-winning films including Rudy Ruettiger: The Walk On, Operation Toussaint, A New Leash on Life: The K9s for Warriors Story, Triple Take, and Visioneer: The Peter Diamandis Story. Combined, they have produced and directed more than 500 television episodes and dozens of films.

Dicks and Nanton’s goal is to bring inspiring true-life stories to the screen as a means of encouraging and inspiring positive change.

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Kelsey Fox
Dicks and Nanton Celebrity Branding Agency®
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