"Sneaker Night" [JOCK DOCS: Playground Basketball]
JOCK DOCS: Playground Basketball - "Sneaker Night"
Presented by DJ Bobbito Garcia
THE MYSTERY OF FLYING KICKS
Dir. Matthew Bate, 2009, 14 min.
The Mystery of Flying Kicks tries to solve the mystery of why it is hard to avoid seeing sneakers on power lines in almost all urban areas. Made completely from donated photographs, video, phoned in theories, artwork and animation. The Mystery of Flying Kicks tries to find the truth of why shoes always end up on telephone wires.
AIR FORCE ONE: ANATOMY OF AN URBAN MYTH
Dir. Thibault de Longeville, 2010, 75 min
Before the 1980s basketball shoes were so uncomfortable that players had to wear more than one pair of socks for cushioning. Then the Nike Air Force One came out and started a new era in ballin' and sneaker culture. This documentary tells the story of how one pair of shoes swept the nation and went from being a shoe worn only on courts to an iconic item that people collect and wear every single day.
After the screening: Anthony Gilbert, Kool Bob Love (moderator), more 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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