I could not talk about this before the official announcement, but now I can! On Friday, August 16, 2013, Spike Lee will be joined by DJs Clark Kent, Scratch, Spinna, and more for an all night dance party and fundraiser.
The party, sponsored by Brooklyn Bowl and 40 Acres and a Mule, will start at 11:45 PM at 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249. Money and awareness raised will go toward Spike’s new film.
I love the Saul Bass influenced poster! Get excited about this party and visit BrooklynBowl.com for tickets!
Doin It in The Park, a film by Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau traces the history of street basketball from its origin to the present. The film delves into women street ballers, legends of NY street ball courts, as well as the use of pick-up basketball leagues as a way to fight violence and steer inner city youth away from the lure of drugs.
The most touching part of the film is an interview with a youth prisoner. Sitting on a bench, the boy in no way resembles the hardened faces we see on prison TV shows. He softly describes the irresponsible behavior that landed him in a cage. His eyes sparkle only when he tells us about the importance of the prison pick-up basketball league.
“For a moment we are not prisoners. All that matters is the basketball game,” he says. And for a moment, sitting in the darkened MIST Harlem theater with Tony Touch, DJ Eclipse, Emir Lewis and Denise Greene- all that matters is this film.
Doin It In The Park is screening in the USA, South Africa, China and Latin America. I recommend you go see it with your family and friends. It is a film about the way in which this game touches all of us.
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