While some of the more popular advice on the internet of late might be not to do it in the park, Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau take a different idea of a city park and document it for their new film, DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK: Pick -Up Basketball NYC. The film aims to capture the feeling and meaning of a culture that is held very dear to the hearts of millions across the nation: pick-up games, particularly in the streetball mecca of New York’s summer leagues.
I personally found both solace and community on the basketball playground as a youth, learning much of what I have applied to my life now in terms of perseverence, hard work, determination, and the importance of a competitive spirit. Assuming this film can capture these sentiments shared by all streetballers, a cast that spans five boroughs and 700+ courts - with names like Dr. J, God Shammgod and Kenny “The Jet” Smith - will prove how rough and tumble a game of such finesse can get. Traveling to over 180 courts around the entire city, it seems Garcia and Couliau are doing justice to the history of the sport in a film that comes out later this year.