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Hidden Histories: Buried stories, brought to light

Streetball is as much about attitude and self-expression as it is about dropping buckets. During an NBA-sponsored outdoor tournament in 2001, an exceptional group of racially diverse teens from Vancouver's suburbs caught a lot of attention with their individual skills and undeniable swagger. Their approach to the game set them at odds with coaches and rigid team structures. For those who didn't witness their abilities in person, VHS mixtapes circulated, bringing them global attention in the early aughts. Two decades later, the two white teens who shot and distributed those original cassettes get the crew back together and take a hard look at the issues of race, trauma and rejection that set the group against the status quo. Archival footage of their jaw-dropping moves is as impressive as ever, but it's the contemporary look back at the power dynamics, prejudice and outsider perspective that really provide unflinching honesty and openness, giving the Notic crew the props they deserve. Alexander Rogalski

Credits

  • Director(s)

    • Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux
    • Kirk Thomas
  • Producer(s)

    • Ryan Sidhoo
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • Joey Haywood
    • Aron Phillips
    • Matt Aronson
    • Lizzy Karp
    • Mario Soriano
    • Mark Starkey
    • Ryan Sidhoo
    • Kirk Thomas
    • Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux
  • Editor(s)

    • Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux
  • Cinematography

    • Hunter Wood
  • Composer

    • Edo Van Breemen
  • Sound Design

    • Chris McIntosh

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City of Toronto

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