Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

New York Street Hoops documentary

DOIN' IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC - Trailer from Doin' It In The Park on Vimeo.

"Doin' it in the park" is a beautiful trailer of a documentary about New York City playground hoops. I got to play ball at West 4th or "The Cage" as they call in in Greenwich Village. Loved every moment of that. Got dunked on once but I got to lob an alley-oop to some Skywalker. Am so looking forward to this docu. Check it out, dog.

Here's the synopsis from the website: DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETALL, NYC is an independent documentary directed by Bobbito Garcia and KEVIN COULIAU. The film 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 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.

1 comment:

  1. Sir, are they planning to release it commercially? I've been waiting for this docu, but they've only shown it, and are only planning to show it, in film festivals. At least that's what it said on their site.