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NYC Playground: Presented by DJ Bobbito Garcia
Maysles Cinema
New York, NY
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NYC Playground: Presented by DJ Bobbito Garcia
NYC Playground: Presented by DJ Bobbito Garcia

Dir. Anthony Jones, 1979, 89 min.
The American Game is a 1979 documentary directed by Jay Freund and David Wolf contrasting the experiences of two high-school seniors from remarkably different backgrounds.  Brian Walker is taken from his close-knit Indiana family, living in a small town. In contrast, Stretch Graham has practically no family support, and looks to his Brooklyn team and his warm-hearted coach for support. This film is extremely rare and is unknown even in the most diehard b-ball junkie circles!

Dir. Kevin Couliau, 2010, 5 min.  
French director Kevin Couliau spent the summer of 2009 in New York City so that he could capture what playground basketball is all about.  With amazing visuals, this short, featuring music by producer Pete Rock, shows NYC at its best and will doubtlessly inspire many a viewer to suit up and play afterwards!

Dir. Dorian Graham, 2007, 45 min.
Directed by ex-playground star, Dorian Graham, Asphalt Phenoms of New York City-The Lost Years tells the story of the game prior to the AND 1 Mixtape phenomenon.  This film goes deep into the culture of the late '80s and shows what hot summers were all about before it became a worldwide craze. Interviews from two-time NBA champion Kenny "The Jet" Smith, legends "Speedy" Williams, "The Terminator" and more.

After the screening: Filmmaker Dorian "Black Stallion" Graham & former players, Kool Bob Love (moderator)

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!



Maysles Cinema
343 Lenox Ave.
New York, NY 10027
United States

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Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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