Movies To Check For: Doin’ It In The Park: Pick Up Basketball, NYC

The big homie Bobbito Garcia has been working on this movie for the past few years now. Official trailer is finally here and looks like we can expect the film to be dropping this summer.


DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC explores the definition, 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.

Directed & Produced by Bobbito Garcia & Kevin Couliau
Trailer Music: “R’Thentic” by C-Rayz Walz
Proudly Supported by The New York Knicks

A film by Bobbito Garcia & Kevin Couliau
Coming Summer 2012

On April 13, 2012, the New York Knicks celebrated their “Basketball In The Boroughs” themed evening as they played host to the Washington Wizards. The DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC team combined to present an homage to the city and its connection to the sport: “New York is basketball, and basketball is New York–in every single borough, in every single way!”
Narration by Bobbito Garcia

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  • Looks interesting. I need one of them movie posters.

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