Gunnin' For That #1 Spot
Dir. Adam Yauch
In Theaters 06/27/08 On DVD 10/21/08 On Blu Ray 10/21/08 Stream available 10/21/08
On the corner of 155th Street and Frederick Douglas Boulevard in Harlem, New York, lies Rucker Park. By appearances, the green concrete pavement, anchored on either end by its run down slab bleachers, is no different than any other basketball court in the city. But this is the place where nicknames are earned and legends are made.
On September 1, 2006, the top 24 high school basketball players in the nation stepped out on this same court that once saw the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Dr. J to compete in the first annual "Boost Mobile Elite 24 Hoops Classic." GUNNIN' FOR THAT #1 SPOT documents these athletes' skills on the most legendary court in the world, showing never before seen footage of that "Elite 24" game.
Directed by Adam Yauch (founding member of the Hip Hop trio the Beastie Boys and director of "Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That"), the film follows eight of the country's premiere high school basketball players on the fast track to the NBA, as they are adored by fans, wooed by colleges and sneaker companies, and groomed to be in the spotlight of the multi-million dollar game. Blending this next generation of b-ball players with a mix of raw hip-hop, jazz, break beats, and Yauch's unique kinetic filmmaking, GUNNIN' is an explosively entertaining look at soon-to-be NBA All Stars.
Oscilloscope Pictures presents GUNNIN' FOR THAT #1 SPOT, featuring Jerryd Bayless, Michael Beasley, Tyreke Evans, Donte Greene, Brandon Jennings, Kevin Love, Kyle Singler, and Lance Stephenson.
Yauch's interest in film and photography began while growing up in Brooklyn, NY. He started out with photography in elementary school by setting up a black and white dark room in his home, with some old dark room equipment his cousin was throwing away. By high school he was experimenting with shooting and editing super 8. He made his first film at age 16, which was projected during shows behind his fledgling band, "Beastie Boys."
Yauch has directed the majority of the band's videos including "Shadrach" (1989, one of Rolling Stone's Top 100 Videos of All Time), "So What'cha Want" (1992), "Intergalactic" (1998, winner of The Billboard Music Award's best clip in 1998, The European Music Awards Best Video in 1998, and MTV's Best Hip Hop Video in 1999), and "Ch-Ch-Check it Out" (2004). The Beastie Boys were honored with 1998's Video Vanguard award, MTV's highest honor.
He put together the "Beastie Boys Video Anthology" DVD, released by the Criterion Collection, the first of its kind to ever really take advantage of the breadth of the DVD format.
Yauch directed "AWESOME; I FUCKIN' SHOT THAT!" a documentary feature film of a concert shot by audience members which premiered at Sundance 2006 and was distributed by THINKFilm.
As themselves Michael Beasley
Directed by Adam Yauch Produced by Adam Yauch
Associate Producers Terrance Chin
Cinematography by Chris Ekstein Edited by Neal Usatin Sound by Paul Hsu
Feature presentation gorgeously enhanced for 16 x 9 viewing
Optional commentary by Adam Yauch and Bobbito Garcia, game MC and co-founder of Bounce magazine
23 additional player highlight clips
Beasley Trash Talk
Player NYC video diaries
Impromptu dunk contest
Yauch vs Beasely
Amazing audio: 5.1 surround mix
Additional deleted scenes
Oscope trailer gallery
Catalog Number: CC1782D