For millions of basketball players across America, there are no referees, no sneaker endorsements, no doctors or trainers on call. To get in the game, you have to show up at the local park and prove what you can do on the court.
“Ballin’ at the Graveyard” takes the viewer into the heart and soul of the urban community, gazing through the lens of pick-up basketball to allow important personal stories to unfold – stories about giving back to the community, about overcoming adversity and about turning obstacles into triumphs. Through the game, fathers introduce their sons to a tradition, passing on powerful lessons about strength, perseverance and keeping it real.
Directed and produced by Albany filmmakers Paul Kentoffio and Basil Anastassiou and co-produced by Spectrum 8 co-owner Keith Pickard, “Ballin’ at the Graveyard” is a gritty, deeply personal look into the culture and community of pick-up basketball as told by a group of hardcore ballers at Albany’s Washington Park – aka, the Graveyard.
The feature-length documentary offers a court-side view of the unwritten rules – the hierarchy and special code of ethics of pick-up ball – providing a glimpse into the off-the-court struggles and triumphs of a core group of players who call the court their home. It’s a thought-provoking portrait of urban basketball that will challenge what you think you know about the world behind the chain-link fence.
The Spectrum 8 Theatres in Albany will be hosting a special preview screening of “Ballin’ at the Graveyard” at 6:45pm on Thursday (July 12), followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and cast. UPDATE: The preview screening is SOLD OUT. The film opens its official run at Spectrum 8 Theatres on Friday (July 13).
BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving a lucky Nippertown reader the chance to win a pair of FREE TIX to the movie good for any screening at the Spectrum 8 Theatres during the opening week (July 13-19)! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday morning. Enter today! Good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.