This morning, via twitter, Legendary sneaker head, DJ and B-baller Bobbito Garcia laced his followers and pick-up basketball fans with the first public trailer of his and co-director Kevin Couliau’s basketball documentary Doin It In The Park : Pick-Up Basketball, NYC.
Garcia and Couliau visited 180 courts throughout NYC’s five boroughs to create their debut documentary, according to statement on the trailer’s Vimeo page. They traveled to a majority of the locations on bicycle, carrying camera equipment and a ball in their backpacks.
We’d seen stickers and posters of the doc online and have been waiting patiently for the go-ahead to break the news of this exciting film which explores the history, culture and social impact of this beloved game played by over a half a million people on 700 courts every summer in NYC.
“The film’s title refers as much to the subject matter as it does to the method of film-making,” informs the doc’s one sheet, “providing an unprecedented perspective on urban America’s most popular and accessible form of free recreation.” 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 are some of the film’s b-ball loving characters.
“The Knicks played it on the MSG Jumbtron during the Wizards game on April 13th,” Garcia told us via email. “They will be playing it on loop at their Grand Central Station activation to celebrate their play-off appearance from May 1st to the 3rd, and are official sponsors of our documentary. It’s the first time in the 65-year franchise history that they are supporting a film that was not produced by MSG Network.”