Basketball and New York City go together like peanut butter and jelly. While many films have been made about this relationship, basketball junkie Bobbito Garcia unveils a documentary about the culture of playground ball in NYC.
Directed and produced by two of the best connoisseurs of the scene, Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau, ‘DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK ‘tells the story of this culture – with costumes, its places, its language and its laws – through the stories of its protagonists, by Julius “Dr. J “Erving to newcomers, passing through the street-legends Richard” Crazy Legs “Colon.
DOIN ‘IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC Explores the definition, history, cultures and social impact of New York’s summer b-ball scenes, Widely Recognized worldwide as the “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 looks forward to all day calling “next” Their game at 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 to the subject matter as much as it does to the method of filmmaking, Providing an unprecedented perspective on urban America’s most popular, and accessible, free recreation.
With the creative team and players in place, this film promises to be both interesting and entertaining. Check out the trailer below. The film is scheduled for release later this summer.