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Doin’ It In The Park: Pick Up Basketball, NYC

May 9, 2012 11:45 am 3 comments

by Sam Neter


I don’t think we’ve been this hyped about seeing a documentary in years! Doin’ It In The Park, directed by Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau, is an exploration of the New York summer basketball scene. Talking to playground legends, NBA stars and the every day pick-up baller, it looks like it is going to be one to remember – check the trailer above!

Description from the makers:

“DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC explores the definition, history, culture and social impact of New York’s summer b-ball scene, widely recognized as the worldwide “Mecca” of the sport.

In New York City, pick-up basketball is not just a sport. It is a way of life. There are 700+ outdoor courts, and an estimated 500,000 players, the most loyal of which approach the game as a religion, and the playground as their church.

“You can play high school or college for four years. You can play Pro for a decade. You can play pick-up … for life.”

DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC lovingly uncovers this movement through the voices of playground legends, NBA athletes, and most importantly the common ballplayer who all day looks forward to calling “next” game at their local schoolyard.

Co-directors Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau visited 180 courts throughout NYC’s five boroughs to create their debut documentary. They traveled to a majority of the locations by bicycle, carrying camera equipment and a ball in their backpacks. The film’s title refers as much to the subject matter as it does to the method of filmmaking, providing an unprecedented perspective on urban America’s most popular, and accessible, free recreation.”

They do not have a commercial release date, so until then it will only be viewable at select screenings and film festivals (info available on their Facebook page) – no UK screenings currently scheduled, but we’ll announce it if anything changes…

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