Asphalt Chronicles by filmmaker/photographer Kevin Couliau
Hopefully by now you have seen the documentary “Doin’ it in the Park” by the legendary Bobbito Garcia and the very talented filmmaker/photographer Kevin Couliau. If not, I suggest you get a copy right away and watch it.
I’ve known about Bobbito since the early 90s, but I wasn’t introduced to Kevin’s work until I saw the video for Red Cafe’s “Heart & Soul of New York City.” 4 years later, the video remains one of my favorite hip hop vids and hoop tribute vids ever (the production by Pete Rock is one is one of his most underrated too). Since the premier of the vid, I’ve been willing to follow anything that Kevin is working on and his latest project is the Asphalt Chronicles - another beautiful tribute to playground basketball. Kevin writes:
This is not about NCAA, NBA or the PROS. This is not about the show, coaches and performance. This is not about money, sponsors and media.
It’s about the true essence of basketball, this universal movement taking place on the playgrounds: pick-up basketball. Everyday, millions of souls haunt the courts with passion, love and dedication. Some compete for the pride and social status earned on the blacktop, others use it to heal the wounds or escape the daily routine.
Source: Newspaper Club