Over in the Big Apple, pick-up basketball has been a way of life, not just a form of sports since the beginning. With over 700 outdoor courts, and an estimated 500,000 players, it’s easy to see why the culture and social impact of New York’s summer basketball scene has been widely recognized as the worldwide “Mecca” of the sport.
Co-directors Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau travelled across NYC's five boroughs and visited 180 courts to create their debut documentary. They journeyed to a majority of the locations by bicycle, carrying only 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 - Pick-up basketball.
Featuring an entire host of characters from Julius “Dr. J” Erving and Richard “Crazy Legs” Colon, to Tim “Headache” Gittens, ‘Doin’ It In The Park’ uncovers this movement through the voices of playground legends, NBA athletes, and most importantly the common ballplayer who all days looks forward to calling “next” game at their local schoolyard.
Head over to the site to see a full array of imagery from the making, character profiles and where you can see the finished product - HERE