Doin' It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC - Theatrical Premiere
Week Long Theatrical Premiere
Wednesday, May 22nd - Tuesday, May 28th
The Maysles Cinema
Doin' It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC
Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau, 2012, 83 min.
Doin' It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC explores the history, culture and social impact of New York's summer b-ball scene, the worldwide "Mecca" of the sport. In New York City, pick-up 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 lovingly uncovers this movement through the voices of playground legends, NBA athletes, and most importantly the common person, or 99%, who look forward to experiencing the energy of the 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 cameras 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.
Wednesday, May 22nd following the 7:30pm screening there is a Q&A with key characters Jack Ryan, Niki Avery, and Milani Malik, moderated by SLAM Magazine Editor-in-Chief Ben Osborne.
Thursday, May 23rd and Saturday, May 25th following the 7:30pm screenings there will be a Q&A with directors Bobbito Garcia, Kevin Couliau, dir. of Wild Style, Charlie Ahearn, Henry Chalfant, Style Wars producer and moderated by author/filmmaker Raquel Cepeda (djalirancher.com).
Friday, May 24th following the 7:30pm screening there will be a Q&A with co-director Kevin Couliau and photographer Charlie Samuels and Pete Kuhns, moderated by author/historian Claude Johnson of Black Fives (blackfives.com).
Saturday, May 25th following the 7:30pm screening there will be a Q&A with directors Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau and author of "Heaven is a Playground," Rick Telander.
Sunday, May 26th following the 7:30pm screening there will be a Q&A with Co-director Kevin Couliau and Executive Producer Nick Quested of Goldcrest Films (goldcrestfilms.com).
Tuesday, May 28th following the 7:30pm screening there will be a Q&A with directors Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau.
Official Website: www.doinitinthepark.com
Maysles Cinema (View)
343 Lenox Ave.
New York, NY 10027
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