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GUNNIN' FOR THAT #1 SPOT

USA, 2008 (MIFF 2012, Backbeat)

Director: Adam Yauch

GUNNIN' FOR THAT #1 SPOT

“The two-dozen high-school basketballers assembled in this stupefyingly enjoyable doc are the future Iron Men of the NBA.” - Time Out NY

Rucker Park in Harlem looks no different to any other basketball court in New York City, but this is the place where nicknames are earned, and legends are born. And on 1 September 2006, the top 24 high-school basketball players in the US stepped out on this court - that once saw the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Dr. J - to compete in the first annual Elite 24 all-star game. Adam Yauch was there to capture all the action and behind-the-scenes goings-on.

Gunnin' For That #1 Spot follows eight of these young athletes as they prepare to showcase their skills at the most legendary playground in the world. Mixing this next generation of b-ball players with raw hip-hop, jazz and break beats, Yauch's kinetic filmmaking ensures that it's an thrillingly entertaining look at the early careers of some of today's biggest NBA All Stars - including Kevin Love and Michael Beasley.

Screens with A Day in the Life of Nathaniel Hörnblowér (USA, 25 mins), thanks to EMI.

Rated M

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