The homie Bobbito Garcia–legendary DJ, sneaker connoisseur and sports commentor–sat down with our local NBC affiliate for an in-depth and entertaining convo about Doin It In The Park, his forthcoming documentary on the unsung heroes of New York City parkball. Meanwhile the homies at ETL will be screening the flick this weekend as part of their Summer of Music: Harlem Outdoor Music and Screening Series, hosted by Kool Bob Love himself. It all happens at 7:30pm tomorrow (Saturday July 14th) at infamous Rucker park on 155th street (uptown, baby). Watch the trailer below and get full details for both the film and screening after the jump.
Rucker Park Legends Summer Camp Rucker Park
(155th and Frederick Douglas Boulevard)
Bleacher and Courtside Seating available.
DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC
Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau, 2012, 80 min.
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. DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC explores the definition, history, culture, and social impact of New York’s outdoor summer b-ball scene, the worldwide “Mecca” of the sport. Starring 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, the film 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 basketball 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. Includes an original score by Eddie Palmieri, plus music from Donald Byrd and the Blackbyrds, the Roots, Quantic Soul Orchestra and others.