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Jock Docs
 

The best in sports documentaries, a series originally conceived and curated by Laura Coxson.

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JOCK DOCS - PAST SCREENINGS:

FEBRUARY 2010
 
Thursday,   
Feb.11

Doors open at 7:00 pm


**Free!**




 

JOCK DOCS at 255
@ 255 Custom Lab, 255 Elizabeth between Houston and Prince St
Brought to you by 255 Custom Lab and The Maysles Institute

The Real: Rucker Park Legends
Dir. Bob McCullough Jr., 2006, 76 min.
More than five decades ago, a New York City Parks employee named Holcombe Rucker encouraged Harlem kids to stay in school with a basketball tournament and league that would develop into an international phenomenon. Upon his death, two of his pupils continued his work by drawing from the league's Pro Division to start the famous "Each One Teach One" program, pairing up basketball's greats with disadvantaged youth. The innovative idea attracted such legends as Julius "Dr. J" Erving and streetball heroes such as Earl "The Goat" Manigault and Joe "The Destroyer" Hammond. Rucker Park's reputation quickly grew, becoming a virtual training ground for the NBA, influencing the playing style of the game and transforming Hip-Hop culture. Told by the legends themselves, this is The Real: the incredible true story behind Rucker Park from its unpolished beginnings through its heyday in the '60s and '70s to its more commercial present-day. But most of all, it's an amazing tale of how one man's dream and his pupils' gratitude explosively transformed an ordinary neighborhood basketball court into the world's most famous streetball arena.

 


MARCH 2010
 
Thursday,   
Mar. 4

Doors open at 7:00 pm

**Free!**
 

JOCK DOCS at 255
@ 255 Custom Lab, 255 Elizabeth between Houston and Prince St
Brought to you by 255 Custom Lab and The Maysles Institute

The Karlton Hines Story
Dir. Troy Reed, 2006, 55 min.
Ever since anyone in his hood could remember, Karlton "Dunkin'" Hines was destined for basketball stardom. Top Division coaches swarmed the projects, vying for his attention. But shortly before graduation, with a scholarship at hand, Hines abruptly quit basketball to answer the call of the street. With the same talent and discipline he exhibited on the court, Hines became the flashiest, richest drug dealer in mid-90s New York, a dangerous role in a cutthroat game that eventually cost him his life.

Followed by Q&A with director Troy Reed
.

 
 
Thursday,   
Mar. 11

Doors open at 7:00 pm

**Free!**
 

JOCK DOCS at 255
@ 255 Custom Lab, 255 Elizabeth between Houston and Prince St
Brought to you by 255 Custom Lab and The Maysles Institute

**Special Preview Screening!**

Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks

Dir. Dan Klores, 2010, 68 min.
In the 1990s, an epic rivalry arose between the New York Knicks and Reggie Miller, playing for the Indiana Pacers. Miller single-handedly crushed the hearts of Knick fans multiple times. But it was the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals that solidified Miller as Public Enemy #1 in New York City. Klores meticulously recreates key games with footage from multiple cameras, including one that seems devoted entirely to Spike Lee on the sidelines. These are interwoven with candid and humorous interviews with all the key players, including Ewing, Miller, and Spike. He delves into Miller's family rivalry with his older sister Cheryl who reached fame on the basketball court before him.

 
 
Monday,   
Mar. 29


7:30 pm










9:00 pm

 

MUSCLE MAYHEM

***Double Feature***

Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows
Dir. Paul Jay, 1998, 94 minutes
In this feature-length documentary, director Paul Jay was given unprecedented access to the world of Bret Hart and pro wrestling as his camera followed Bret "the Hitman" Hart for one year. Going behind the tightly guarded walls of wrestling's spectacle and theatre, the film explores the meaning of today's wrestling morality plays. As fantasy crosses into real life, the true story of Bret Hart's struggle with Vince McMahon, the legendary owner of the WWF, is revealed. Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows climaxes with the tale of the biggest double-cross in pro wrestling.

La Lutte ("Wrestling")
By Michel Brault, Claude Fournier, Marcel Carriere, Claude Jutra, 1961, 27 min., black and white.
Like most films to come out of the 'Quiet Revolution' period in Quebec, La Lutte is disarming in it's presentation and subject matter. The filmmakers used the then new handheld technology to shoot a documentary that superficially covers the local wrestling circuit of the day. What Jutra et al. were really interested in was the fact that the audience of such an event are fully aware that entertainment wrestling is fake. Nevertheless, people allow themselves to be swept away in the illusion that a drama such as this provides. Using the cinema to explore these ideas (which were first examined by Roland Barthes, and he is thanked in the end credits) with the cinema verite aesthetic, one could conclude that the filmmakers were suggesting an overall, albeit subtle, thesis statement that was intended to comment on the cinema itself through the thin vale provided by the film's immediate subject matter. --Henry Flower

 

La Lutte

 
Tuesday,   
Mar. 30
7:30 pm


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MUSCLE MAYHEM

Strongman
Dir. Zachary Levy, 2009, 113 min.
One of the most poignant and hauntingly original American documentaries in years, Strongman tells the up-close-and-personal story of Stanley “Stanless Steel” Pleskun, who can lift dump trucks and bend pennies with his bare hands, but who struggles to transcend his chaotic New Jersey home life and the toll of his slowly-but-surely advancing age. Years in the making and assembled with rare skill and intelligence, Strongman is tender and tough, comic and tragic, simple and endlessly rich – a Fellini-esque testament (in the best sense) to the unlimited possibilities of independent, nonfiction filmmaking and the most hypnotic example of the Maysles-style “direct cinema” tradition in years. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Slamdance Festival and a smash at the 2009 South-by-Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival.

Director Zachary Levy in attendance.

Co-sponsored by NYFVC --NEW YORK FILM AND VIDEO COUNCIL

 

Strongman

 
Wednesday,  
Mar. 31



6:00 pm



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8:00 pm
 

MUSCLE MAYHEM

***Pumping Iron I and II Double Feature!***

Pumping Iron II: The Women

Dir. George Butler, 1985, 107 min.
Join four women as they prepare for the 1983 Caesars Palace World Cup Championship: the sultry and curvaceous Rachel McLish, the current champion; the almost manly, super-muscular Bev Francis, Rachel's toughest competition; and newcomers Lori Bowen and Carla Dunlap. Four women who have devoted their lives to the pursuit of their conception of the "perfect" female form, spending grueling hours torturing themselves on Nautilus machines and browning themselves under tanning lamps. Learn their personal struggles and public triumphs that make up their unique world as they struggle both with their bodies' limitations and the world's limitations on what that body ought to look like. If muscles make a man "masculine," what do they make a woman?

Pumping Iron
Dir. George Butler, 1977, 85 min.
From Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests in this documentary film. Five-time champion Arnold Schwarzenegger defends his Mr. Olympia title against Serge Nubret and the shy young deaf Lou Ferrigno, whose father is his coach; the ruthless champ psyches out the young lion. Sardinian Franco Columbu competes in the lightweight class; at home in Italy he solves a tight parking problem by lifting the car into place. Joe Weider is the marketer; Mike Katz and Ken Waller go for the title of Mr. Universe. Bodybuilding and a celebrity-to-be go mainstream.

Followed by discussion with filmmaker George Butler.

 

Pumping IronPumping Iron II

Pumping Iron II: The WomenPumping Iron I


APRIL 2010
 

Wednesday,  
April 14
7:30 pm






 

BOXING

Sugar Ray Robinson: Pound for Pound
Legends of the Ring Series, 1996, 99 min.
In Sugar Ray Robinson - Pound for Pound, the champ is profiled, from his early days to his welterweight victories and his five-time winning of the middleweight championship. Show business called to Robinson, and he had a brief sojourn as a tap dancer, but returned to the ring to win five more titles. Boxing greats add their commentary, including Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano, Joe Louis, Joe Frazier, Gene Tunney, and Jack Dempsey. - Alice Day, All Movie Guide

Golden Gloves, Golden Era: Boxing in Harlem

Followed by a conversation with Herb Boyd (co-author, Pound for Pound: A Biography of Sugar Ray Robinson) and reception sponsored by Harlem's own Sugar Hill Ale!

  Sugar Ray Robinson
 

Thursday,   
April 15

 

BOXING

  When We Were Kings
7:30 pm






When We Were Kings
Dir. Leon Gast, 1996, 89 min.
It's 1974, Muhammad Ali is 32 and thought by many to be past his prime. George Forman is ten years younger and the Heavyweight champion of the world. Promoter Don King wants to make a name for himself and offers both fighters five million dollars apiece to fight one another, and when they accept, King has only to come up with the money. He finds a backer in Mobutu Sese Suko, the dictator of Zaire and the "Rumble in the Jungle" is set. A musical festival, featuring the America's top black performers, like James Brown and B.B. King, is also planned.


10:00 pm


Late Night Fight: Ali vs. Frazier III

 

Friday,   
April 16
7:30 pm






 

BOXING

Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson
Dir. Barbara Kopple, 1993, 93 min.
He was the best loved boxing champion since Muhammad Ali. But Mike Tyson's extraordinary rise to fame was matched by his shocking fall from grace. His controversial story, from juvenile to international hero to convicted rapist, is told here in full. Through rare footage and exclusive interviews, director Barbara Kopple explores the legend: young Mike's relationship with his 'half-crazy, half-blind' mentor Gus D'Amato, his phenomenal killer instinct, his tumultuous marriage to actress Robin Givens, his association with Don King and eventual rape charge that brought him down.

Followed by Q & A with co-producer Dennis Watlington. Watlington is a screenwriter, documentary filmmaker, and author of the memoir "Chasing America: Notes from a Rock 'n' Soul Integrationist".

  Fallen Champ
 

Saturday,   
April 17
4:45 pm





 

BOXING

Muhammad Ali: The Greatest
Dir. William Klein, 1969, 104 min.
"If people started identifying with Cassius there'd be Negroes running around everywhere saying, 'I am the greatest.' " - Malcolm X.

In Muhammad Ali: The Greatest, Photographer William Klein focuses on the Ali, the media impresario, in material he shot in 1964 plus footage shot in Zaire in 1974 when Ali fought George Foreman.

  Muhammad Ali: The Greatest
 

Saturday,   
April 17
7:00 pm






 

BOXING

Muhammad & Larry
Dirs. Albert Maysles & Bradley Kaplan, 2009, 52 min.
Muhammad and Larry explores the unique and poignant relationship between two great boxers and two remarkable men who were more than just competitors. They were once teacher and student, and remain close friends. Muhammad and Larry combines never before seen footage of Ali and Holmes in the lead-up to their 1981 bout with reflective conversations with boxing experts, luminaries, and those who were at the fight.

Followed by Q & A with Albert Maysles & Bradley Kaplan.

  Muhammad & Larry

MAY 2010
 

Wednesday,  
May 26th
7:30 pm





 

CYCLING

A Sunday In Hell
Jorgen Leth, 1976, 111 min.
This is a bike-fanatics dream of a movie, portraying the discipline and heroism of the winners alongside the painfull realisation of own limits of the losers. The race takes place in the northern parts of France and lower countryside of Belgium, with a spectacular finish on the old stadium of Roubaix. Shot with 20 cameras and a helicopter, you can see every bead of sweat on the cyclists and every smashed-up ankle. Considered to be one of the best cycling films ever made.

 

A Sunday in Hell

 

Thursday,  
May 27th
7:30 pm






 

CYCLING

Bicycle Film Festival Presents:
A BFF 10th Anniversary Pre-Fest Short Film Screening Event!

Special guests: Brendt Barbur, director of BFF, Luke Stiles and Chris Thormann

Valet bike parking and a reception to follow!


On Time

Dir. Ari Taub, USA, 1985, 7min.
This comedy classic short, shown worldwide, marked the debut of director/screenwriter Ari Taub and captured the spirit of low budget filmmaking in New York City. Jimmy a bicycle messenger from the Albatross Courier Company, takes us through the streets and boroughs of New York to deliver a package “on time”. Braving the perilous city streets, there's nothing Jimmy can't handle, or is there?


Empire
(USA 2009 Short Version)

Dir. Luke Stiles & Christian Thormann, USA 2009, 5min.
Having fun riding on the streets with friends.


Bike Ride

Dir. Tom Schroeder, USA 2000, 6min.
James rides his bike 50 miles to see his girlfriend, who dumps him. He rides home.


An Apology

Dir. Neistat Brothers, USA, 2007, 3min.
The Neistat Brothers make a movie for the BFF every year. Here is an apology.


Pixel Gear Bikes!!! Ride Safe, Ride Fast, Ride Free

Dir. Simon Bericua Lopez, Spain, 2009, 1min.
Pixel Gear Bikes!!!! is an animation based on Paperboy 2 video game sprites.


Jim's Lines

Dir. Patrick Trefz, USA, 2008, 4min.
Santa Cruz artist and chef, Jim Denevan, creates land art by bicycle


Barend Jam

Dir. Alex Rankin, UK, 2006, 3min.
A fun BMX short from the UK.


Keirin

Dir. Giovanni Giommi, Japan/Italy, 2008, 5min.
A beautifully shot portrait of Japanese Professional Track Racers.


Waffle Bike

Dir. Neistat Brothers and Tom Sachs, USA 2008, 7min.
Tom Sach's rides his Waffle Bike to Brooklyn.


What's a Girl to Do

Dir. Dougal Wilson, UK, 2007, 3min.
Music video


Belle Epoch

Dir. Robert Chynoweth, Italy/USA, 2008, 3min.
Italian cyclist Giuliano Calore (aka “Cyclist of the Impossible”) rides on Europe's steepest mountain roads playing different musical instruments along the way.


Some Things Ride a Bicycle

Dir. Chris Jolly, USA, 2006, 1min.
This is a series of chalkboard animations of various funny objects riding bicycles.


Ski Boys

Dir. Benny Zenga, Canada, 2006, 8min.
The lost reels of the Ski Boys, which document their inventive exploits in rural Ontario during the early 70's.


Broadway Bombers/Bridge Battle/Monstertrack

Dir. Lucas Brunelle, USA, 2009, 11min.
Lucas never ceases to amaze viewers with the first person perspective video from his helmet-cams. Close calls and dangerous streets shows urban cycling at its finest.


Anima d'Acciaio
(Soul of Steel)
Dir. Daniel Leeb, USA/Italy, 2009, 11min.
A Portrait of the legendary Italian Frame Builder Giovanni Pelizzoli aka “Ciocc” . Ciocc shares his wisdom and life story while hand building a revolutionary new frame for urban fixed gear cycling. Ciocc demonstrates that the tradition and craft of frame building's Golden age can be re-born and push the technical frontier of Cycling's future. Also feaures Ed “Wonka” La Forte and Antonio Colombo with an original soundtrack by Blonde Redhead's Amedeo Pace and Simone Pace.

 


Empire

Keirin

Ski Boys

Broadway Bombers/Bridge Battle/Monstertrack

Anima d'Acciaio
(Soul of Steel)


JUNE 2010
 

Friday
June 11th
10:00 am



 
THE WORLD CUP: Aired Live!
Brought to you by Jock Docs

   South Africa vs Mexico   

 

 

Saturday
June 12th
2:30 pm



  THE WORLD CUP: Aired Live!
Brought to you by Jock Docs

  England vs United States   

 

 

Tuesday
June 15th
10:00 am



  THE WORLD CUP: Aired Live!
Brought to you by Jock Docs

   Ivory Coast vs Portugal   

 

 

Tuesday
June 15th
7:30 pm







  SOCCER

Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos
Dir. Paul Crowder, 2006, 97 min.
"Giddy, gossipy and endearingly unslick, Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos chronicles the rise and fall of the most famous soccer team in the United States with slapdash glee. Fielding heroes and villains, gentlemen and rogues, booze and women, it plays like the "Dynasty" of sports documentaries. There's even a little soccer. Via newsreels and interviews (both winking and candid) we watch a ragtag team of part-time players move from a scrubby field that had to be spray-painted green before games to a 1977 North American Soccer League championship playoff in Giants Stadium in front of 77,691 fans." - Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

 

 

Wednesday
June 16th
7:30 pm







  SOCCER

DDPA Watch Group Presents RED CARD as part of the DDPA Human Rights Film Series

Red Card: Soccer and Racism

Dir. Rudolfo Munoz, 2007, 93 min.
This documentary about racism in Ecuador tells the story of Afro-Ecuadorian soccer player, Agustin "El Tin" Delgado. Arguably the best soccer player in the Ecuadorian national team, Delgado exposes the deep racial divide in this multiracial country and argues that Black Ecuadorians have been penalized both on the soccer field and in everyday life.


Followed by a panel discussion.

 

 

Thursday
June 17th
2:30 pm



  THE WORLD CUP: Aired Live!
Brought to you by Jock Docs

   France vs Mexico   

 

 

Thursday
June 17th



6:30 pm















8:30 pm



  SOCCER: Double Feature



Soccer as Never Before

(Fußball wie noch nie)
Dir. Hellmuth Costard, 1971, 105 min.
“The real Warholian moment of football cinema is Hellmuth Costard's film Fußball wie noch nie (Football as Never Before, 1971). A point of reference for Zidane… […], the film takes the famously charming George Best as its subject and edits multiple camera views to produce a real-time portrait of the player singled out during the course of an entire match. Lest we miss the homoerotic subtext of football art (and football culture), the half-time interval features a cruisey bit of filmmaking as we follow Best through a narrow hallway and into what looks like the boot room. Best turns and faces the camera for nearly three minutes. He holds our gaze as long as he can, pursing his lips, looking away and then back in a seemingly overt homage to the Warholian screen test. Best strikes a deal here with the camera, inviting us to look at him when he takes the field again; shots of his socks, his shoulders and his crotch seem to go on for ever.” - Jennifer Doyle, Frieze.

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait
Dir. Douglas Gordon & Philippe Parreno, 2006, 90 min.
Halfway between a sports documentary and a conceptual art installation, "Zidane" consists of a full-length soccer game (Real Madrid vs. Villareal, April 23, 2005) filmed entirely from the perspective of soccer superstar Zinedine Zidane. 


 

Soccer as Never Before

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

 

Sunday
June 20th
2:30 pm



  THE WORLD CUP: Aired Live!
Brought to you by Jock Docs

   Brazil vs Ivory Coast   

 

 

Tuesday
June 22nd
10:00 am



  THE WORLD CUP: Aired Live!
Brought to you by Jock Docs

   France vs. South Africa   

 

 

Wednesday
June 23rd
2:30 pm



  THE WORLD CUP: Aired Live!
Brought to you by Jock Docs

   Germany vs. Ghana   

 

 

Thursday
June 24th
2:30 pm



  THE WORLD CUP: Aired Live!
Brought to you by Jock Docs

   Denmark vs Japan   

 

 

Friday
June 25th
10:00 am



  THE WORLD CUP: Aired Live!
Brought to you by Jock Docs

   Brazil vs Portugal   


 

 

Tuesday
June 29nd
2:30 pm



  THE WORLD CUP: Aired Live!
Brought to you by Jock Docs

   Spain vs. Portugal   

 


JULY 2010
 

Friday
July 2nd
10:00 am



  THE WORLD CUP: Aired Live!
Brought to you by Jock Docs

   Brazil vs. Netherlands   

 

 

Friday
July 2nd
2:30 pm



  THE WORLD CUP: Aired Live!
Brought to you by Jock Docs

   Uruguay vs. Ghana   

 

 

Saturday
July 3rd
10:00 am



  THE WORLD CUP: Aired Live!
Brought to you by Jock Docs

   Germany vs Argentina    

 

 

Saturday
July 3rd
2:30 pm



  THE WORLD CUP: Aired Live!
Brought to you by Jock Docs

   Paraguay vs Spain   

 

 

Tuesday
July 6th
2:30 pm



  THE WORLD CUP: Aired Live!
Brought to you by Jock Docs

    Uruguay vs. Netherlands   

 

 

Wednesday
July 7th
2:30 pm



  THE WORLD CUP: Aired Live!
Brought to you by Jock Docs

    Germany vs. Spain   

 

 

Sunday
July 11th
2:30 pm



  THE WORLD CUP: Aired Live!
Brought to you by Jock Docs

   Final Match:
       Netherlands vs Spain   

 

 

An Image An Image
Andy Kessler & Harold Hunter, Photographs by Ivory Serra

SKATEBOARDING

July 28 - 29, 2010

In our sixth monthly installment of Jock Docs we roll through the local history of skateboarding focusing on two legends of their eras: Andy Kessler and Harold Hunter. Both passed before their time, and we are recognizing their talents and impact through skate videos, documentary, demos, discussion and celebration.
Presented in association with the Andy Kessler Foundation and Harold Hunter Foundation.
Sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery, KCDC Skateshop, 5boro, Zoo York, Shut NYC, Commonwealth Stacks.

Andy Kessler Foundation  Andy Kessler Foundation  Brooklyn Brewery
KCDC Skateshop  5boro  Zoo York
Shut NYC  Commonwealth Stacks

 

Wednesday
July 28th
7:30 pm



 

SKATEBOARDING

Deathbowl to Downtown: The Evolution of Skateboarding in New York City
Dir. Coan Nichols and Rick Charnoski, 2009, 87 min.
Deathbowl to Downtown documents the shift in skateboarding primacy from the parks and the pools of sunny California in the 70s to the gritty streets of New York in the 1990's. This transition also foretells the recent hybrid uptake of skateboard culture in Harlem other communities of color.

AFTER THE MOVIE:
Panel discussion focusing on the contributions of two fallen New York skate legends Harold Hunter and Andy Kessler (represented by the Kessler Foundation).

Reception sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery!

 


 

Thursday
July 29th

6:00 pm


8:00 pm



 

SKATEBOARDING

Outdoor Skate gathering @ Lenox Ledges (110th and Lenox)

Followed by screening @ Maysles Cinema:

Legends Never Die--Harold Hunter Tribute

Dir. R.B. Umali
15 Years of NYC Skateboarding ('95-'10)


In The Streets

Dir. Steve Marino


5BORO's 55 Nights On Your Couch
Dir. Tom Colabraro


   
Zoo York: Harold Hunter              "Man Under Wire"
                                Starring Harold Hunter & Taylor Mead

AFTER THE MOVIE / TRIBUTE:
Reception sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery!   

 



AUGUST 2010
 

Wednesday
Aug. 18
7:30 pm


 

TENNIS

Raising Aces: The Williams Story
Dir. Terry Jarvis, 2003, 54 min.
With authorized bios like this, who needs exposés? While thrilling tournament footage attests to Venus and Serena Williams's domination of tennis, they come off as mere pawns to their father, self-proclaimed "master planner" Richard, who, as the narrator informs viewers, "single-mindedly raised two sporting champions." Richard has served as the sisters' manager, coach, and father, and according to this program he planned his daughters' destinies before they were born. There is no arguing with his success, which is delineated in the number of championships won, the endorsements earned, and the sisters' phenomenal net worth. But self-deprecation ("I'm just a poor little cotton picker") is not Richard's game. "People look up to me wherever I go," he states at one point. "It's like I'm a god almost." There is much here to inspire young fans, who may enjoy the charming home movie footage and living vicariously through the women's glamorous off-court activities, which range from fashion shoots and music video appearances to commercials. --Donald Liebenson

Jock Docs Promo Trailer from Maysles Cinema on Vimeo.

 

SEPTEMBER 2010
 

Wednesday,  
Sept. 29
7:30 pm



  FOOTBALL

June 17th, 1994
Dir. Brett Morgen, 51 min, 2010

So what's the big deal about June 17th, 1994? Well, it was the day that Arnold Palmer played his last round ever at the U.S. Open, the day that the World Cup opened in Chicago, the day the Rangers celebrated winning the Stanley Cup, the day the Knicks played Game Five of the NBA finals against the Houston Rockets, the day Ken Griffey Jr. tied Babe Ruth for the most home runs hit before June 30th, and—oh yeah—the day O.J. Simpson was charged with double homicide and fled through the streets of Los Angeles in a white Bronco. The Simpson story dominated the day, though the major networks and ESPN covered everything else that was going on as well, while jumping back to L.A. for frequent updates. For June 17, 1994 Bret Morgen starts in the morning and rolls forward, showing how the various stories piled up on top of each other and even commented on each other.

 
 

Thursday,  
Sept. 30
7:30 pm



 

FOOTBALL

Beauty Knows No Pain
Dir. Eliott Erwitt, 1971, 25 min.

In 1940, the Kilgore College Rangerettes became the first dancing drill team in the nation. They have been performing at half-time shows during college football games ever since. The first director of the program, Miss Gussie Nell Davis, oversaw the Rangerettes for forty years before retiring in 1979. In 1971 filmmakers caught Miss Davis overseeing the summer camp, where young girls work hard in the hopes of finding a coveted spot in this elite cheerleading group. Beauty Knows No Pain is a film about the young ladies who come from all over the country to compete in a two-week drill, knowing that not all of them will make the cut. Through the difficult but rewarding process, Miss Davis tries to imbue her charges with enthusiasm, energy, and a non-stop smile. The latter part of the film focuses on one member from North Dakota, who, in her second year, has embodied all of the spirit the Rangerettes represent. At the end of the two week camp, the girls gather to see who is in, who has been chosen as an alternate, and who will go home unfulfilled. The girls meet their triumph and disappointment with shrieks and tears.

NFL Films:

THE YOUNG, THE OLD, AND THE BOLD
1969, 9 min.
The Young, The Old and the Bold, where NFL Films examines the quarterback position with profiles of some of the greatest passers ever to play the game; and Lombardi, a profile of the legendary Green Bay Packers head coach with unprecedented access to the man and his team.

AUTUMN RITUAL
1986, 45 min.
Anthropologists, theologians, philosophers, coaches and players offer a startling perspective as they analyze ancient myths and rituals and explain their influence on the game today. A study of men in groups, of ancient magic and modern superstition, of religion and passion, and of the rites of combat. It is the most provocative special ever made about pro football.

THE HUNTERS
30 min.
The Hunters provides detailed accounts on the lives and careers of some legendary former NFL players, among them, Dallas Cowboys fullback Walt Garrison and Oakland Raider Ben Davidson.

 
October2010

Wednesday,  
Oct. 27
7:30 pm



 

PLAYGROUND BASKETBALL
Organized by DJ Bobbito García

"International Night"

Le Tournoi du Quai 54
Dir. Thibault de Longeville, 2006, 53 min.
In Paris, Le Tournoi du Quai is the world's biggest weekend outdoor tournament, attracting teams from Japan, Italy, Spain, and the UK. The very best playground and pro players of France participate in the annual event while thousands spectate, including NBA players like Ronnie Turiaf, Boris Diaw, and Tony Parker.

Hoop Hop Tour Japan
Dir. John Jay, 1996, 25 min.
In 1995, four players in Japan won a 3-on-3 tournament there, qualifying for a ten city tour of America's top courts from Los Angeles' Venice Beach to Indiana barnhouses to Harlem's Rucker Park. The Hoop Hop Tour follows their journey in this short film, which has never before been screened outside of Asia.

My Game
Dir. Carlos Ledesma, 2007, 64 min.
My Game is about basketball in the Philippines and their most talented and respected players. Director Carlos Ledesma spent a month with six of them to find out more about where they are in their lives, where they are going and the immense culture of b-ball in the Philippines.


After the Screening: Kool Bob Love (Moderator), Speakers TBA

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Image courtesy of
Bobbito García
 

Thursday,  
Oct. 28
7:30 pm



 

PLAYGROUND BASKETBALL
Guest organized by DJ Bobbito García

"EBC @ Rucker Park"

MTV's Harlem Hoops
Prod. Jac Benson, 2003, 43 min.
The Entertainers Basketball Classic is the most famous tournament in the world. It's where NBA stars such as Shawn Marion, Baron Davis and Kobe Byrant can unleash moves that have never been seen in an NBA arena and play with streetball legends such as Adrian "A Whole Lotta Game" Walton and Steve "All Day" Burtt. Hip Hop moguls such as Fat Joe, Ja Rule, and Irv Gotti all have teams and will do anything to make their team better every year no matter the cost.

One Love
Dir. Leon Gast, 2003, 10 min.
A short excerpt from the film One Love about Pro Rucker legend Joe "The Destroyer" Hammond, considered by many to be the best scorer New York City has ever produced, even after turning down an NBA contract from the 1971-'72 Los Angeles Lakers (who went on to break the league record for most regular season wins and won the championship).

On Hallowed Ground: Streetball Champions of Rucker Park
Dir. Kip & Korn, 2000, 90 min.
On Hallowed Ground follows the reigning champions of the Entertainers Basketball Classic, held at Rucker Park, sponsored by Bad Boys Records. While the film focuses on this team of amateurs filled with dazzling showmen such as "The Future", "Half-Man Half-Amazing", "Up North", and "The Main Event", it also goes deeper into the history of Rucker Park and the NBA stars and legends who have played there before such as Wilt Chamberlain, Julius "Dr. J" Erving, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

AFTER THE SCREENING: Discussion with Anthony Heyward Jr. (aka Biz, aka OG 1/2 Man 1/2 Amazin') and Greg Marius (founder of EBC at Rucker Park).

 
Image courtesy of
Bobbito García
 

Friday,  
Oct. 29
7:30 pm



 

PLAYGROUND BASKETBALL
Guest organized by DJ Bobbito García

"NYC Playground"

The American Game
Dir. Anthony Jones, 1979, 89 min.
The American Game is a 1979 documentary directed by Jay Freund and David Wolf contrasting the experiences of two high-school seniors from remarkably different backgrounds. Brian Walker is taken from his close-knit Indiana family, living in a small town. In contrast, Stretch Graham has practically no family support, and looks to his Brooklyn team and his warm-hearted coach for support. This film is extremely rare and is unknown even in the most diehard b-ball junkie circles!

Heart & Soul of New York City
Dir. Kevin Couliau, 2010, 5 min.
French director Kevin Couliau spent the summer of 2009 in New York City so that he could capture what playground basketball is all about. With amazing visuals, this short, featuring music by producer Pete Rock, shows NYC at its best and will doubtlessly inspire many a viewer to suit up and play afterwards!

Asphalt Phenoms of New York City—The Lost Years
Dir. Dorian Graham, 2007, 45 min.
"The Jet" Smith, legends "Speedy" Williams, "The Terminator" and more.


SPECIAL GUESTS: Filmmaker Dorian "Black Stallion" Graham & former players, Kool Bob Love (moderator)

 
Image courtesy of
Bobbito García
 

Saturday,  
Oct. 30,
7:30 pm



 

PLAYGROUND BASKETBALL
Guest organized by DJ Bobbito García

"Sneaker Night"

The Mystery of Flying Kicks
Dir. Matthew Bate, 2009, 14 min.
The Mystery of Flying Kicks tries to solve the mystery of why it is hard to avoid seeing sneakers on power lines in almost all urban areas. Made completely from donated photographs, video, phoned in theories, artwork and animation. The Mystery of Flying Kicks tries to find the truth of why shoes always end up on telephone wires.

Air Force 1: Anatomy of an Urban Myth
Dir. Thibault de Longeville, 2010, 75 min
Before the 1980s basketball shoes were so uncomfortable that players had to wear more than one pair of socks for cushioning. Then the Nike Air Force One came out and started a new era in ballin' and sneaker culture. This documentary tells the story of how one pair of shoes swept the nation and went from being a shoe worn only on courts to an iconic item that people collect and wear every single day.


AFTER THE SCREENING:
Anthony Gilbert, Kool Bob Love (moderator), more speakers TBA

  
 
Image courtesy of
Bobbito García

NOVEMBER 2010
 

Friday,  
Nov. 5,
7:30 pm



 

RUNNING

The Flashettes
Dir. Bonnie Friedman, 1977, 20 min.
"The Flashettes concerns the story of a man who returns to his neighborhood in Bedford-Stuyvescent and decides that the best way to deal with the growing problems of alcoholism, drugs and teenage pregnancies is to start a track team for young girls ages six to sixteen. Through rigorous training and discipline he is able to foster discipline, pride and self-confidence where it is so sorely needed. The team becomes a second family of sorts for the young girls and by the end of the film when the girls journey to compete for the city-wide meet on Randall's Island the audience is moved as much by the girls' undeniable prowess as runners and athletes as by their new found sense of belonging and self- esteem."An exciting and moving film that has something to say to everyone about women and sports, pain and exhilaration, the individual and society. See it."
- Womensports Magazine

Run for Your Life
Dir. Judd Ehrlich, 2008, 90 min.
"Back in the '60s, the New York Road Runners Club was just a small group of men who ran on the streets of the Bronx. It took one eccentric first-generation Jewish immigrant from Transylvania to turn the NYRR into the largest organization of its kind in the world. Fred Lebow (the erstwhile Fischl Lebowitz) brought the runners to Central Park, where the first New York City Marathon was held in 1970. By the next year New York had two-thirds more runners than the Boston Marathon. But that was just the start for Lebow. Before "event marketing," when corporate sponsorship was in its infancy, Lebow was cutting deals, getting Playboy bunnies to race in the first women's mini-marathon, and helping to feed the growing popularity of running as a social activity. But it was the 26-mile, five-borough marathon, first held in 1976 during the city's financial crisis, that cemented Lebow's legacy. With a flair for showmanship, Lebow leveraged every opportunity, even the 1980 transit strike, to promote the benefits of running. He also faced scandals, including the Rosie Ruiz incident and revelations that he had paid athletes under the table. With New York City Marathon winners Bill Rodgers, Alberto Salazar, and Grete Waitz on hand, as well as many of Lebow's former colleagues, filmmaker Judd Ehrlich (the Emmy-nominated Mayor of the West Side) takes an affectionate look at a New York hero who inspired runners worldwide to go the distance. Fred Lebow's story is the story of the New York Marathon, a scrappy race around Central Park that evolved into a five-borough event that attracts thousands of runners from around the world." -Nancy Schafer, Co-Executive Director, Tribeca Film Festival

AFTER THE SCREENING: Conversation with director of Run For Your Life, Judd Ehrlich, Allan Steinfeld - former head of NYRR/Marathon who took over when Fred Lebow passed away and Peter Roth former treasurer of NYRR

 

DECEMBER 2010
 
Tuesday,  
Dec. 21
7:30 pm
  WINTERSPORTS: Double Feature!  
Werner Herzog in 'The Ecstacy of Sculptor Steiner'

Shani Davis
Shani Davis
 

The Ecstacy of Sculptor Steiner
Dir. Werner Herzog, 1974, 45 min.
This 45-minute feature takes a look at a the life of champion ski-jumper Walter Steiner, who also carves out a career for himself as a carpenter. Director Werner Herzog shoots Steiner as he breaks the world ski-jumping record in Yugoslavia in 1974, while also highlighting his unusual wooden sculptures, and allowing time for Steiner to muse on his life and career. Herzog beautifully captures this odd character as he soars through the Yugoslavian skies, while also painting him as a daredevil whose regular dalliances with death on the slopes are a pointed contrast to his off-slope career.

 

Double Davis
Dir. Kees Jongkind, 2006
This award-winning film, made by Dutch channel NOS, about longtrack speedskating champion Shani Davis from Chicago, first aired in 2006. Shani (a Swahili name picked by his father meaning 'light' and 'weight') was the first black speedskater to earn a spot on the Olympic Team in 2002 and was the first skater to make all three World teams in the same season winning medals at all three events. In 2009-2010, he broke two world records (1000m and 1500m), won Gold and Silver in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games—becoming the first speedskater to repeat as Olympic 1000m Champion—and he won his third consecutive Overall World Cup Titles in the 1000 and 1500 meters.

 
Wednesday,  
Dec. 22
7:30 pm
  WINTERSPORTS

Pop Star on Ice
Dir. David Barba and James Pellerito, 2009, 85 min.
Pop Star on Ice is an unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of outspoken Olympian and three-time US Figure Skating National Champion Johnny Weir. When Johnny fails to win a medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics, the media turns on him and he feels the backlash. Love him or hate him, Johnny is one of the most talented skaters of all time, but talent alone does not make a champion.

Johnny's complicated relationship with his longtime coach Priscilla Hill and his struggle to reach the top of the sport takes us from small town Delaware – his training home – to competitions, shopping sprees, fashion shows and personal appearances around the world. The inspiration for Jon Heder's character in the box office smash Blades of Glory, Johnny seeks to balance his larger-than-life persona with the constraints of his sport. Pop Star on Ice uncovers the graceful, athletic, cut-throat and melodramatic sport of figure skating through the prism of its most controversial athlete as he tries to fulfill his potential on the world stage.

 

JANUARY 2011
 
Tuesday,  
Jan. 25
7:30 pm
  UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DAVE ZIRIN   Not Just a Game
Sugar Hill Ale
 

Not Just A Game
Power, Politics & American Sports
Dir. Jeremy Earp, 2010, 62 min.
We've been told again and again that sports and politics don't mix, that games are just games and athletes should just "shut up and play." But according to Nation magazine sports editor Dave Zirin, this notion is just flat-out wrong. In Not Just a Game, the powerful new documentary based on his bestselling book The People's History of Sports in the United States, Zirin argues that far from providing merely escapist entertainment, American sports have long been at the center of some of the major political debates and struggles of our time. In a fascinating tour of the good, the bad, and the ugly of American sports culture, Zirin first traces how American sports have glamorized militarism, racism, sexism, and homophobia, then excavates a largely forgotten history of rebel athletes who stood up to power and fought for social justice beyond the field of play. The result is as deeply moving as it is exhilarating: nothing less than an alternative history of political struggle in the United States as seen through the games its people have played.

AFTER THE SCREENING: Q&A with Dave Zirin

With Sugar Hill Ale reception to follow.

 
Wednesday, 
Jan. 26
7:30 pm
  UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DAVE ZIRIN  
   

Quarterback Princess
Dir. Noel Black, 1983, 96 min.
Quarterback Princess is a fact-based drama about Tami Maida, a teenage girl from Canada who, in 1981 became a quarterback for the boys' junior varsity football team while living briefly in Oregon, and not only led the squad to a winning season but also was crowned homecoming princess, gave young TV veteran Helen Hunt her first starring role. Filmed on location in McMinnville, Oregon.

AFTER THE SCREENING: Q&A with Dave Zirin


FEBRUARY 2011
 
Sunday,   
Feb 6th
6:30pm
  Black & Yellow, Green & Yellow Superbowl Screening

  Super Bowl

100% Free!  

Watch the game and the commercials on the big 10 foot screen upstairs in our main screening room or kick back and watch it in our downstairs lounge. Drinks and snacks for sale or bring your own drinks and snacks.

Jock Docs is a monthly series curated by Laura Coxson. Baseball docs coming in March!


MARCH 2011
 
Tuesday,   
Mar. 29th
7:30 pm
 

BASEBALL [Jock Docs Finale]

 
Doc Ellis and the LSD No-NoThe Lost Son of Havana
Tickets  

Dock Ellis and the LSD No-No
Dir. James Blagden and Christopher Isenberg, 2010, 5 min.
In celebration of the greatest athletic achievement by a man on a psychedelic journey, this is the animated tale of Dock Ellis' s legendary LSD no-hitter.
No Mas website>

Animator James Blagden in attendance

Lost Son of Havana
Dir. Jonathan Hock, 2009, 102 min
At the age of 67, Luis Tiant has come back to Cuba, the island he had left at age 20 for a trip he tho ught would last a month and became nearly a half‐century. But is this still home? What is home for an exile that becomes a star in his new land, leaving former teammates to play for their government and country in isolation and poverty? What is home for a man who never had a sister or brother and whose parents are dead? Where can he go to sort out the guilt and the glory? And is it too late?
Winner “Best Film 2009” at the Baseball Film Festival.
Film Website>
Facebook page>


Filmmaker Jonathan Hock in attendance! Q&A to follow.

 
Wednesday,  
Mar. 30th
7:30 pm
 

BASEBALL [Jock Docs Finale]

 
Jock Docs with Ed Randall Bat for the Cure

I'm Keith Hernandez

Doc Ellis
Doc Ellis (focus of Wolf Ticket)
Dem Bums: The History of the Brooklyn Dodgers
Tickets   Base to Base, Borough to Borough: Baseball in NYC
With Ed Randall (radio host of "Ed Randall's Talking Baseball" and baseball genius) moderating, this one night screening and discussion features short films and clips of NY's baseball teams past & present, and more! Wear your jackets, wear your ballcaps and bring your mitts and baseball cards, get ready to trade to talk to trash talk and to show everyone your swing!

I'm Keith Hernandez
Dir. Rob Perri, 2009, 20 minutes
Part baseball documentary, part anti drug film, part socio-political satire, I'm Keith Hernandez utilizes a version of Hernandez life as a vehicle to discuss how male identity is shaped by TV/film, sports, advertising, and pornography.
By examining the aforementioned types of media in conjunction with Lacan's "Mirror Theory", a clearer picture of masculinity emerges. As part of this discourse, the physical attribute of the mustache is explored as a symbol of male virility. Other topics include the Iran/Contra Affair and the resulting "Crack Explosion", celebrity obsessed culture, and the subtleties of children's television programming.

Director Rob Perri in attendance.

Wolf Ticket
Dir. Dugan Beach, 2009, 9 min.
Dock Ellis again! This time, Ellis recounts the infamous details surrounding his ongoing feud with Reggie Jackson in the 1970s. Pitching (while drunk on vodka) during an all-star game, Ellis gave up a massive home run to Jackson. When something else Reggie did got Dock's goat, Dock resorted to beaming him in the head in a subsequent game (here, he boldly confesses to being upset that he only broke Jackson's glasses and not his jaw).
Winner "Best Film 2009" at the Baseball Film Festival.

Director Dugan Beach in attendance.

Plus Clips from Dem Bums: The History of the Brooklyn Dodgers and A Man Named Mays

Ed Randall- host of the radio program "Ed Randall's Talking Baseball" - will moderate the screening and discussion.

Followed by a Reception Sponsored by Sugar Hill Ale.

Co-sponsored by Bat for the Cure.


JANUARY 2012
 
Tuesday,
Jan. 24th,
7:30pm
  Jock Docs: Race Car Driving   Jock Docs logoOn the PoleOn the Pole
On The Pole

   

On the Pole: Eddie Sachs
Drew Associates, 1960, 58 minutes
A rarely seen Drew Associates direct-cinema film produced by Robert Drew and shot by Richard Leacock, DA Pennebaker and Albert Maysles, first broadcast on CBS. The documentary traces Eddie Sachs (one of the most popular drivers in the history of the Indianapolis 500) in a behind-the-scenes look at the race from his perspective, starting from a week before the race through the day after the big event. You can feel the fervor and anticipation build (*pay close attention to the scaffolding that collapses with too many people on it during the race) as Eddie prepares to keep his place, "on the pole."
Website>
Short film Rendezvous (9 minutes, 1976) by Claude Lelouche to be screened beforehand, a mesmerizing view of an eight-minute drive through Paris at 5:30am shot in a single take.


Following the screening there with be a Q&A with documentary filmmaking pioneers Robert Drew, DA Pennebaker and Albert Maysles as well as a reception sponsored by the New York Film/Video Council

Albert Maysles
Speakers Robert Drew, DA Pennebaker, and Albert Maysles
 
Wednesday,
Jan. 25th, 7:00pm
  Jock Docs: Race Car Driving  

Jock Docs logoSenna Poster

Luca Forgeois
Luca Forgeois

and
9:00pm
 

SENNA
Dir. Asif Kapadia, 2011, 106 min
Spanning his years as a Formula One racing driver from 1984 to his untimely death a decade later, SENNA explores the life and work of the triple world champion, his physical and spiritual achievements on the track, his quest for perfection and the mythical status he has since attained.
Sundance Film Festival--Winner Audience Award World Cinema Documentary

"Sometimes a documentary will unexpectedly grab you by the throat, not giving you a second to breathe.  Such is the power of this man, and this film."
--Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.
Official movie site >
Facebook link>

Between the screenings: Q&A with Luca Forgeois, 16 year old 2011 National Class USF2000 Champion race car driver, about his experiences in the racing world.
 
Wednesday,
Jan. 26th, 7:30pm
  Jock Docs: Race Car Driving  
CinnamonJock Docs logoCinnamonCinnamon
Tickets
  Cinnamon
Dir. Kevin Jerome Everson, 2006, 70 min
Set in the world of African-American drag racing, Cinnamon (shot in 16mm and HD, color, sound) is Kevin Jerome Everson's experimental film about the consistent routine of a young bank teller (Erin) and a mechanic (John) as they prepare for a race. Cinnamon presents a glimpse into the world of African American drag racing. It is an experimental feature film about the consistent routine of a bank teller and a mechanic as they prepare for the sport of drag racing. Once the routine is disrupted, the result of the race comes into doubt. The bank teller is a driver who tries to stay focused before races. The mechanic's routine is to constantly examine the driver's behavior. He has to adjust the racecar to the driver's skill and ability. Also the mechanic adjusts the racecar for the weather conditions. The film portrays their relationship as similar to that of a composer and a musician, in which the mechanic is the composer and the driver interprets the music. Cinnamon hosts several different formal style as well as different materials. The techniques and styles employed will alternate between the conventionally scripted scenes and documentary footage. The scripted scenes have a naturalistic feel.

Movie Site>
 

JULY 2012
 
Friday,
July 13th
to
  Jock Docs Presents
Curated by Sylvia Savadjian
 
Thursday,
July 19th

Each night
at 7:30 pm
except for a
2:00 pm
Matinee on
Sunday,
July 15th

One Week Run!
  Ballplayer: Pelotero
U.S. Theatrical Premiere
Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin and Jon Paley, 2011, 73 min.
This compelling documentary narrated by John Leguizamo is a gritty and never before seen look inside the world of Major League Baseball (MLB) training camps in the Dominican Republic.  For 16-year-old Dominican baseball players such as Miguel Angel and Jean Carlos, the only real chance to escape crushing poverty comes on July 2nd, the day they become eligible to sign professional baseball contracts. Pelotero provides an intimate portrait of two prospects as they navigate the calculating, mercenary and often corrupt elements that surround Major League Baseball's recruitment of the Island's top talent.  Filmmakers Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin and Jonathan Paley take you inside this never before seen world for an up close and personal look at the cost of the American dream. Executive produced by former ballplayer and Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine.

"What gives Pelotero its edge is a nexus of corruption, exploitation and betrayal that transforms this well-shot, cannily edited item to an engrossing expose."
- Variety


Friday, July 13th: Post-screening Q&A with Co-Director Ross Finkel

Saturday, July 14th: Post-screening Q&A with Co-Directors Ross Finkel and Trevor Martin, followed by a reception.

Wednesday, July 18th: Pre-Screening Maysles Cinema Members' reception at 6:30pm.

Thursday, July 19th: Post-screening Q&A with Co-Director Jon Paley and Trevor Martin
 

SEPTEMBER 2012
 
Sunday,
Sept. 30th,
7:30pm
  The Iran Job
Till Schauder, 2012, 90 min.
When American basketball player Kevin Sheppard accepts a job to play in one of the world's most feared countries – Iran – he expects the worst. But what he finds is a country brimming with generosity, acceptance, and sensuality. With a charismatic personality that charms everyone he meets, Kevin forms an unlikely friendship with three outspoken Iranian women who share with him their strong opinions on everything from politics to religion to gender roles. Kevin's season in Iran eventually culminates in something much bigger than basketball: the uprising and subsequent suppression of Iran's reformist Green Movement – a powerful prelude to the sweeping changes currently unfolding across the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring. In The Iran Job, director Till Schauder reveals the human, often humorous, and sometimes heartbreaking sides of Iran, giving us access to a country often hidden in mystery. The film's soundtrack features some of the most cutting-edge Iranian rap and hip-hop artists, including Shahin Najafi, Jaduguaran, and ZedBazi. The Kickstarter campaign to fund the film was one of the most successful crowd-funding campaigns since the site's launch, generating major media hits and donations for finishing funds from all over the world.
Film Website >


Q&A to follow with producer Sara Nodjoumi
 
The Iran Job
 
 

FEBRUARY 2013
Friday,
Feb. 1st
7:30 PM
  Jock Docs Presents "Surfsup"
The best in sports documentaries. Curated by Laura Coxson
 

  Surfwise
Doug Pray, 2007, 93 mins.
Legendary surfer, Dorican “Doc” Paskowitz, abandoned a successful medical practice to withdraw from the lifestyle of mainstream America. But unlike other American searchers like Thoreau or Kerouac, Paskowitz took his wife and nine children along for the ride, all eleven of them living in a 24-foot camper. The family spent their days living by Doc’s rules on health, fitness, sexuality, and above all surfing. From the director of Hype!, Red Diaper Baby and Art & Copy.

Live Skype Q&A with Doug Pray following the film.


 
Saturday,
Feb. 2nd
7:30 PM
  Jock Docs Presents "Surfsup"
The best in sports documentaries. Curated by Laura Coxson
 
Jim Denevan - Art

  SURFshorts
***All Of The Evening's Proceeds Will Go To Waves For Water Sandy Relief Fund***
Sponsored by VitaCoco and KIND Healthy Snacks.


ODE TO CALIFORNIA
Patrick Trefz, 2012, 9 mins
Anyone who has ever been in the sea understands that the ocean is a vast wilderness, and the northern California ocean reality is not always what it seems. "Ode to California" evades expectations in its depths of all things spoken and simultaneously unspoken. Timeless and provocative, "Ode" is a glimpse into the heart of the ocean and those that live in accordance with it.

Itxasoa eta Lehorra
Patrick Trefz, 2011, 8 mins
An elegant film of artist Jim Denevan drawing in the sand of Mundaka in northern Spain, September 2011. The powerful soundtrack, "Low Tide" by Basque folk musician Mikel Laboa accompanies the equally mesmerizing coming and going of the drawing as it is enveloped by the tide.

Q&A with photographer/ filmmaker Patrick Trefz and artist Jim Denevan to follow screening.

*NYC-centric SURFshorts*

Hurricane Sandy
Etan Blatt, 2012, 4 mins
Take a ride over New York 2 weeks after hurricane Sandy struck the coastline.

Rockaway Opera
Zac Halberd, 2012, 4 mins
Surfing at Rockaway Beach.

Sunwaves and Flowing Free
Joe Albers, 40 mins
Never before screened seminal 70s footage of Montauk.

A Train
Andrew Kidman, 2009, 4 mins

The Getaway Joey Gallagher, 2010, 14 mins

Momenta
Joni Sternbach, 2012, 7 mins

The Surf Magazines Don't Talk About Lapsed Catholics
Toddy Stewart, 2012, 5 mins.

Stacked
Patrick Cummings and E.J. McLeavey-Fisher, 2011, 15 mins
Portrait of local surf star Balaram Stack at the 2011 Quiksilver Pro New York

Panel discussion moderated by Tyler Breuer, speakers TBA.

There will be a Benefit After-Party for Waves for Water Sandy Relief with Djs Matchie and John Dubstar.

Exhibition:
Throughout the week there will be an informal exhibition highlighting works of artist Jim Denevan and filmmaker/photographer Patrick Trefz. A selection of photographs, presented in postcard-like format, will span decades of documenting Denevan's days and drawings on the landscape. Edited film stills from Trefz’s Ode to California convey the essence of an ineffable non-narrative. Like his films, they evoke a timeless and provocative glimpse into the heart of the ocean and those that live in accordance with it. With a longstanding friendship, an intimate dialog surfaces in the pairing of their work.

Surfsup –A Jockdocs: Surfing Program curated by Laura Coxson.
Special thanks to Patrick Trefz, Jim Denevan, Michael Machemer, Kerri Rosenstein, Tyler Breuer, Rebekah Maysles, Sean Nam, wavesforwater, Sarah Rigano, Julie Gilhart and Jessica Green. Vitacoco Coconut Water, KIND Helathy Snacks.

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Sunday,
Feb. 3rd
4:00 PM
  Jock Docs Presents "Surfsup"
The best in sports documentaries. Curated by Laura Coxson
 



Facebook Event
  Morning Of The Earth
Albie Falzon, David Elfick, 1971, 79 min.
Classic, rarely-seen first film from Albie Falzon, creator of renowned Australian surfing magazine TRACKS, and David Elfick come this early fantasy of surfers living in three unspoiled lands and playing in nature’s ocean. The most ambitious surf film of its time—the directors show surfers making their own boards (and homes) as they travel in search of the perfect wave across Australia’s north-east coast, Bali and Hawaii.


 
343 Malcolm X Boulevard / Lenox Avenue (between 127th and 128th Streets)
Suggested Admission: $10 (unless otherwise noted). The box office is open 12 - 6pm Monday - Friday and 1 hour before all showtimes till event end.
NYSCA logo   This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs,
in partnership with the City Council.