"International Night" [JOCK DOCS: Playground Basketball]
JOCK DOCS: Playground Basketball - Presented by Bobbito Garcia!
LE TOURNOI DU QUAI 54
Dir. Thibault de Longeville, 2006, 53 min.
In Paris, Le Tournoi du Quai is the world's biggest weekend outdoor tournament, attracting teams from Japan, Italy, Spain, and the UK. The very best playground and pro players of France participate in the annual event while thousands spectate, including NBA players like Ronnie Turiaf, Boris Diaw, and Tony Parker.
HOOP HOP TOUR JAPAN
Dir. John Jay, 1996, 25 min.
In 1995, four players in Japan won a 3-on-3 tournament there, qualifying for a ten city tour of America's top courts from Los Angeles' Venice Beach to Indiana barnhouses to Harlem's Rucker Park. The Hoop Hop Tour follows their journey in this short film, which has never before been screened outside of Asia.
Dir. Carlos Ledesma, 2007, 64 min.
My Game is about basketball in the Philippines and their most talented and respected players. Director Carlos Ledesma spent a month with six of them to find out more about where they are in their lives, where they are going and the immense culture of b-ball in the Philippines.
After the Screening: Kool Bob Love (Moderator), Speakers TBA
Jock Docs, curated by Laura Coxson, is a monthly series at the Maysles Cinema showcasing films on sports. This month's guest organizer is DJ Bobbito Garcia.
DJ Bobbito Garcia, co-director of the upcoming documentary Doin' It In The Park: Pick-up Basketball, NYC (360 Creative Films), has contributed to the Jock Doc film series at Harlem's Maysles Cinema by organizing and hosting Playground Basketball this October 27th -30th, 2010.
Playground ball is not just a training ground for college and the NBA, but rather a site of culture where the sport is treated as important as life itself. Bobbito, a veteran product of this environment, has selected films from the late seventies to the present that document this history in great detail, but it is in the discussions that follow the screenings that these histories are fully brought to the audience.
Taking advantage of the Cinema's location in Harlem, considered b-ball's mecca, many experts on the subject will be in attendance, including current/former players, coaches, tournament organizers, "unofficial" historians of the game as well as the filmmakers. Kool Bob Love will play a role he knows well as point guard and courtside MC, keeping the conversation moving and entertaining, passing the mic to every one who has something to add. Who knows, if your questions are good enough, you might even earn a nickname!
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