I used to be heavy into basketball culture as a young’un. I remember buying a black and white photography book on street ball called Soul of the Game. In that book, I was introduced to street ball legends like “Pee Wee” Kirkland and Earl “The Goat” Manigault. I also learned about some of the most coveted courts in the US, like Rucker Park in NYC.
When I learned about this street ball documentary done by Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau, I was very interested in watching it. It brought these legendary players and courts to life for me.
I highly recommend it if you are a fan of the street ball culture or have ever touched a basketball. Highly entertaining and informative. Peep the trailer and read the description for more info.
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DOIN' IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC explores the history, culture and social impact of New York's summer b-ball scene, widely recognized as the worldwide "Mecca" of the sport.
In New York City, pick-up basketball 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: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC lovingly uncovers this movement through the voices of playground legends, NBA athletes, and most importantly the common ballplayer who all day looks forward to calling "next" 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 camera equipment 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.
Main film characters: Julius "Dr. J" Erving, Kenny Smith, "Pee Wee" Kirkland, "Fly" Williams, God Shammgod, Tim "Headache" Gittens, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Kenny Anderson, Jack Ryan, Richard "Crazy Legs" Colon, Niki Avery, Milani Malik, and the Park Pick-Up Players of NYC.
Cameras : Canon 5D Mark II, 1D Mark IV
Lenses : Canon 24-70mm f/2.8, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8, Canon 15mm Fisheye f/2.8, Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8
Slider : Glidetrack HD Shooter
Directed & Produced by Bobbito Garcia & Kevin Couliau
Trailer Music by 20syl from C2C
DOIN' IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC
A film by Bobbito Garcia & Kevin Couliau
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