EBC @ Rucker Park - presented by DJ Bobbito Garcia [JOCK DOCS Playground Basketball]
JOCK DOCS: Playground Basketball
"EBC @ Rucker Park"
MTV'S HARLEM HOOPS
Prod. Jac Benson, 2003, 43 min.
The Entertainers Basketball Classic is the most famous tournament in the world. It's where NBA stars such as Shawn Marion, Baron Davis and Kobe Byrant can unleash moves that have never been seen in an NBA arena and play with streetball legends such as Adrian "A Whole Lotta Game" Walton and Steve "All Day" Burtt. Hip Hop moguls such as Fat Joe, Ja Rule, and Irv Gotti all have teams and will do anything to make their team better every year no matter the cost.
Dir. Leon Gast, 2003, 10 min.
A short excerpt about Pro Rucker legend Joe "The Destroyer" Hammond, considered by many to be the best scorer New York City has ever produced, even after turning down an NBA contract from the 1971-'72 Los Angeles Lakers (who went on to break the league record for most regular season wins and won the championship).
ON HALLOWED GROUND: STREETBALL CHAMPIONS OF RUCKER PARK
Dir. Kip & Korn, 2000, 90 min.
On Hallowed Ground follows the reigning champions of the Entertainers Basketball Classic, held at Rucker Park, sponsored by Bad Boys Records. While the film focuses on this team of amateurs filled with dazzling showmen such as "The Future", "Half-Man Half-Amazing", "Up North", and "The Main Event", it also goes deeper into the history of Rucker Park and the NBA stars and legends who have played there before such as Wilt Chamberlain, Julius "Dr. J" Erving, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
After the Screening: Discussion with Anthony Heyward Jr. (aka Biz, aka OG 1/2 Man 1/2 Amazin')
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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