Film Screening: Doin’ it in the park
Thursday, June 16, 7:00 pm
In partnership with St. Louis’s Black Cinema Club, and in conjunction with current exhibitions by Lyndon Barrois Jr. and Mark Bradford, CAM presents a screening of Doin’ It in the Park: Pick-up Basketball, NYC (2013, directed by Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau).
Doin’ it in the Park explores the history, culture, and social impact of New York’s summer b-ball scene, considered the worldwide “Mecca” of the sport. In New York City, 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 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 look forward to experiencing the raw energy of the game at their local outdoor court.
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.
ABOUT BLACK CINEMA CLUB
Black Cinema Club is a monthly gathering held on the first Sunday of every month for those with an appreciation for film and black culture.
Each month, the group shows a film significant to the black experience—culturally, socially, and/or politically. Following each screening, there is a discussion that digs into the synopsis, themes, and subject of the film.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
NYC native and world-renowned DJ Bobbito Garcia is the critically acclaimed author of Where’d You Get Those? NYC’s Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987 (Testify Books). The former NY Knicks/MSG Network halftime reporter was the voice of EA Sports’ popular NBA Street video game and TV host of ESPN’s “It’s the Shoes” series. In 2007, Nike released seven co-designed Air Force 1 sneakers bearing his signature. As an award-winning filmmaker, Garcia has directed two documentaries, Doin’ It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC and Stretch And Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives. Currently, “Kool Bob Love” produces his tournament Full Court 21™ All World in four continents, and is promoting his new Bobbito for Piola “Por Fin” shoe release.
Frenchman Kevin Couliau is widely recognized as the most prolific outdoor basketball photographer of the last decade. His images have appeared in Reverse Magazine (France) and Fadeaway Magazine (UK). As a videographer, his work has been seen on the Canal + (France) New Explorers documentary series, Jordan Brand’s annual Quai 54 TV / DVD series, the New York Knicks “Battle of the Boroughs” videos, and Nike’s “Basketball Never Stops” campaign.