Beautiful New Film About NYC Playground Hoops Culture, History, Legacy

On May 17, 2012, in Community, Culture, by Claude Johnson

This is the must-see trailer for “Doin’ It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC,” the new beautifully filmed feature length documentary directed and produced by Bobbito García and Kevin Couliau.

This is the must-see just-released trailer for Doin’ It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC, the new beautifully filmed feature length documentary directed and produced by Bobbito García and Kevin Couliau.

This trailer alone is a classic. If that is any indication then the film itself will be beyond words, not only for New York City natives, but also for those outside of New York City as well as overseas. In fact, in many ways, possibly unintended, it goes beyond basketball, crossing over into sociology, anthropology, sports psychology, cultural studies, and more.

The film-making pair were painstaking in their efforts, visiting 180 (!) playground basketball courts throughout New York City to capture not only the players and their surroundings but also — more importantly — the emotion, the culture, the history, the legacy, the legends, and … the lifestyle of outdoor pick-up hoops in NYC, which is considered the “Mecca” of the sport.

In short, Doin’ It In The Park goes way over the top! It breaks new ground in basketball.

If that were not enough, the film is visually and emotionally stunning.

I had the privilege of seeing a few advance rough-cut scenes from the film that Bobbito shared with me several months ago, at which time I was already blown away and predicted that it would be considered an amazing work of art.

I’m also delighted that I had the opportunity to share several vintage Black Fives Era photographic images with Bobbito and Kevin, which they used in the film. Their nod to the history of hoops in New York City is a fitting and special touch.

Doin’ It In The Park features interviews with many famous New York City playground legends including Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Kenny “The Jet” Smith, and “Pee Wee” Kirkland, to name a few.

This film is for anyone who plays, played, or ever will play basketball, as well as for those who simply appreciate the beauty of the game itself.

Doin’ It In The Park will be released this summer. Check the film’s Facebook page for additional details, including the dates and locations of several free screenings that are planned.

Promotional still from "Doin' It In The Park"

(Photo: Rey Robles)

6 Responses to “Beautiful New Film About NYC Playground Hoops Culture, History, Legacy”

  1. bobbito garcia a.k.a. Kool Bob Love says:

    Wow! THANKS FOR THE LOVE, CLAUDE! We literally could not have made the film without your blessing, inspiration, and assistance. Can’t wait for you to see the final version!

  2. ali says:

    the anticipation is palpable. longtime admirer of kevin couliau, kool bob love and claude johnson’s work. CANNOT wait to see this film!

  3. Clark Chen says:

    Hey Claude, good to see that you are still doing your thing with Black Fives. Hope all is well.

  4. Dompomdotcom says:

    Amazing!! Once I got over the “ouch” I felt like I was flying with these guys! Such incredible athletes! Keep up the great work!!

  5. Great article – I can’t wait to see the new basketball documentary from Bobbito & Kevin.

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“The wonder-player of ten or even five years ago lives only in the memory of contemporary worshipers of his brief scintillating days in the limelight. His picture hung on the walls of his Alma Mater, his name on a cup, a book of clippings, and the record of his team connect him with the string of those gone to live only in reminiscences.”
– Edwin Bancroft Henderson, 1939

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