Archive Cinema City 2013.

Doin' It in the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC

Genre: Documentary
Country: USA | France
Year: 2012
Duration: 83 min

Director: Kevin Couliau, Bobbito Garcia
Scenario: Bobbito Garcia

Cast: Kenny Anderson, Niki Avery, Julius Erving

Programme selection: Planet Rock

Original language: English
Subtitles: Serbian


“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.

Co-directors Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau visited 180 courts throughout NYC’s five boroughs—within 75 hot summer days—to create their debut documentary. The filmmakers 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 America’s most popular, and accessible, free recreation, which has influenced an international lifestyle.

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.

DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK lovingly uncovers this movement through the voices of playground legends, NBA athletes, and most importantly the common man and woman, including those incarcerated and handicapped, who loyally look forward to experiencing the raw energy of the game at their local outdoor court.

“You can play high school or college for four years. You can play Pro for a decade. You can play pick-up... for life.”

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