Coney Island Film Festival 2016 - Program 9 - Brooklyn Basketball

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Coney Island Film Festival 2016 - Program 9 - Brooklyn Basketball

Dates: 
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 9:00pm

Pre-sale has ended. Tickets are available at the box office, cash or credit (1208 Surf Avenue ) during the festival, Friday 9/16 (6:30pm-11pm), Saturday 9/17 (12:00pm - 9:00pm). All ticket sales are final, no refunds and pre-sales are Will Call only (tickets will not ship), to be picked up at our Box Office at 1208 Surf Ave., during the festival. Please Note: The Coney Island Museum is located on the 2nd floor and is not wheelchair accessible. 

Brooklyn Basketball
Directed by Duffy Higgins, NY, NY, 110:00, Doc Feature, World Premiere!

Brooklyn is synonymous with Basketball because it has arguably produced the best & most professional players. The reasons are as various as the cultures that reside in the County of Kings, but what will it specifically take for four high school senior ballers to 'make it'?

Project Summary: When a naturally talented player like Isaiah Whitehead is playing at a historic basketball high school like Lincoln, the expectations are nearly set in stone. For his three senior class teammates, nothing is set and there is no stone. The Brooklyn greats of the past, and those that essentially defined the way that the game is played, tell us what it took for them to make it (or not) besides just talent. John Salley, Fly Williams, Albert King, Pearl Washington, Lenny Wilkens, and others alongside the 2013-14 Abraham Lincoln High Basketball Team take us on a trip to explain what makes the '4th Largest City in the Country' so special.

Artistic Statement: I wanted to explore the reason for Brooklyn's relationship to the game of basketball and what exactly that sport has provided in order for Brooklyn to be it's own universe.

While there is a one mega-hyped player who is that next prodigal son of brooklyn basketball, the overarching attempt is to survey the journeys of the less-hyped teammates and what 'making it' means to them.

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