DOIN' IT IN THE PARK, a film by Bobbito Garcia & Kevin Couliau, explores the culture and social impact of New York's basketball scene.
AUDIENCE AWARD -- BEST FEATURE, URBANWORLD FILM FEST 2012
JURY WINNER -- BEST DOC, NEW JERSEY INT'L FILM FESTIVAL 2012
Hello! Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. Kool Bob Love and Kevin Couliau here. We co-directed the doc DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC (www.doinitinthepark.com), and produced/finished the project with our own funds, completely DIY status. This is the first film either of us have ever made.
Since the summer of 2012, we've screened it at various festivals and outdoor community events throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. Our highlight was winning the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Urbanworld Film Festival in September!
Our next step is to do an independent commercial release this spring 2013, but we need your involvement! Whatever funds you contribute will help us pay for:
-remaining music license fees
-the costs to create/market/promote/advertise our own theatrical bookings
-production costs for DVD/Blu-Ray mastering/manufacturing
We have some great rewards to offer! We appreciate whatever you can contribute, whether it’s $5 or $5,000. Every little bit counts, thanks!
Here's what some important audience members have said about our film after seeing it:
“Beautifully depicted . . . evokes passion that anyone who has ever played may savor.”
Ira Berkow, former New York Times sports columnist
“I urge everyone to watch this film. If you can, bring a ball with you. As your date.”
Rick Telander, Sports Illustrated writer and Heaven Is A Playground author
“ . . . one of those rare documentaries which reveal a vital underground phenomenon with exuberance, humor and love.”
Henry Chalfant, legendary Style Wars film producer
". . . a triumph capturing a culture of champions without medallions."
Michaela Angela Davis, writer/image activist, BET Network
Fab Five Freddy, former host of YO! MTV Raps television series
“A first of its kind film!”
Ben Osborne, SLAM MAGAZINE Editor In Chief
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Our biggest challenge right now is that we're debut filmmakers, feel 110% satisfied with how our project came out and has been received (by the audiences at the various festivals and outdoor events we've screened it at), but we haven't been able to secure any major distribution so that people everywhere can enjoy and be inspired by it. So we've decided to self-distribute! We're learning how to do that as we go, but we've also been guided by some wonderful people who really believe in the project. We are thankful to all of them, and to you!
We are ballplayers first and foremost, and made the film to advocate pick-up basketball as a global movement, for all the good that free recreation brings to whatever community the game touches. Our screenings have brought people together and uplifted them, and we hope that having it in theaters, on DVD, digital downloads, etc. this spring 2013 will only continue to spread that feeling and our message.
Thank you for your contribution! We hope that you all have the opportunity to see our film, and play ball with us one day :)
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