Crossroads: The Director's Cut [ VIDEO ]

By CharlieVillanueva
Aug. 14, 2015

I'm back at it...this time direct from the homeland...Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. I'm actually here now with my family and what I affectionately call "Team Villanueva" for a special NBA event - Basketball Without Borders (more on this in my next post). We arrived yesterday, here for about a week or so, and last night, I got a chance to break bread with my two older brothers, Rob C & Rob E, my good friend, Burton Chawla. They're the team behind the success of "" and the company , which handles all my online branding stuff. We went out to dinner and were reminiscing on the last year (so much can happen in a year) and some of the moments we captured while shooting "Crossroads". The goal was to pull the curtains back a little on the my free agency journey and show my own perspective on what I went through last Summer to get my job with the Mavericks. All the good laughs and great conversation we shared last night had me thinking about a video clip (Director's Cut) that we recorded a while back at the Tivity Social office in Fort Lauderdale. I put some pressured on the team today to finalize that video so I can share with you guys. Finally, they got me something late tonight.

A little over a year ago, I launched my  and I have to say, I am really happy I did it! This blogging process has been a great experience for me both personally and professionally. Not going to lie...the whole process, the documenting that went on during "Crossroads" was stressful at times but still fun. I think we made a good product...especially considering the whole thing was shot on Samsung Galaxy camera phones with NO budget and we still got nominated for a few industry awards. That's pretty impressive.

I am proud of the product, wanted to show the fans something new...new content and I am glad it was as real as we could make it. There were some moments like certain conversations and workouts we shot that were obviously sensitive (which I had to keep between my agent and myself) but overall I think we did a good job giving the fans something new and fresh.

Below you'll see a video of the producers and really the creators of "Crossroads"--Rob C., Rob E., Burton and myself--talking about how this project came together. We were literally in Queens just hanging out, about 2-3 months prior to the July 1st free agency period, when we came up with the whole concept and essentially the name. Actually, I think Burton was the one who came up with the name, which was the perfect fit at the time. So check out the video, comment, ask me questions and I will definitely get back to as many of you as I can...

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And sorry for the late night post. They got me busy here in La Republica. Stay tuned for more.

Enjoy,

Charlie Villanueva #believeincharlie