Jul 8, 2013

Bobbito Garcia & Kevin Couliau's "Doin It In The Park".


Just this weekend, T brought me to the Philippine screening of a basketball documentary by Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau called "Doin It In The Park".  Honestly, I didn't know anything about it because I'm alien to the sport nowadays, so I turned to trusty Mr. Google.



"Doin’ It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC is an independent documentary directed by Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau. The film explores the history, culture, and social impact of New York’s summer b-ball scene, widely recognized as the worldwide “Mecca” of the sport."

I learned that Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau visited over a hundred basketball courts in the different boroughs of New York to make this documentary.  The premiere was held last Saturday at the Ronac ART Center. 






Because I'm "maarte", I want to discuss the set up of the whole place first before we go on to the film ;)  As soon as we entered, big screens greeted us, displaying different places in New York.






Can you see my shadow playing "defense" against Kevin Couliau? :P




Me and Syg talked about non-basketball stuff while the guys went around and mingled.




Around us were basketball players, sports anchors, and basketball fanatics.  I felt like a poser (LOL) so I did what I did best... Eat!  There was an abundance of food from hotdogs to chicken rolls to philly cheesesteaks to popcorn.   Beer and soda flowed throughout the evening as well.




The coolest thing I saw was this hologram of the Nike swoosh, which T and our friend Roda King seem to be guarding in this picture.  




A basketball ring marked the entrance to the viewing area which remained closed until it was time.




Watch the trailer (Source: Doin' It In The Park website).


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It's nice how the film starts by giving a brief overview of the history of basketball.  Then came commentaries from former NBA players, street legends and common street players.








Despite having a cold and dry cough, my attention never wavered.  I may not relate to it since I didn't play basketball growing up but I was truly amazed by the film.  Probably even more so the guys because I could see the smiles on the faces of T, Roda, and the rest of the crowd throughout the documentary. 




My favorite part is the segment of a guy they call the "Fashion Police".  Apparently, if you're dressed head-to-toe with the latest apparel or you have flashy shoes but you don't know how to play, there's a huge, huge chance that "they ain't gonna let you play."

There was a Q&A after the screening. 




If there were a pick up game that night, this is how T would look like, wanting to join :D




After that, everyone was directed to the 2nd level for the after party.








There were even more food and drinks there.  Kudos to Red Garlic (I just saw the name on the uniforms of the ones preparing food so I'm not sure if there are a lot of caterers or only one).  Really good food that evening!







There's also an open bar.




The party was in full swing with Bobbito Garcia never leaving the dance floor.




Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau were game to pose for pictures.  They're super nice!


Marco, T, Bobbito Garcia, Kevin Couliau, me and Syg (thank you for taking the photo Jino! :))

They even gave us a postcard right after taking a photo with them so we can have their autographs.




Both Bobbito and Kevin call the Philippines, the basketball capital in Asia (which is probably true since most of the countries around are more interested in football/soccer).   And because of that, I'm sure Filipino basketball fanatics from all walks of life will appreciate their documentary.


Congratulations Jino Ferrer and Nike Philippines for a successful event!  If you want to watch the film, you can download it from DoinItInThePark.com.




For more information, visit:

Doin It In The Park



Bobbito Garcia



Kevin Couliau



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