More screenings to come, but if you can see it this weekend, do not miss it. This award-winning film absolutely rocks. Huge Wide Lantern recommendation. Eight, maybe nine thumbs up….
ROXBURY, MA – Push Madison vs. Madison, a local documentary feature film will premiere this weekend nationally on ESPN Classic on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST and Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 8:00 a.m and 4:00 p.m. EST. Push Madison vs. Madison is only one of a few independent feature films signed by ESPN Documentary Films for the cable network’s fall schedule*. Push Madison vs. Madison will also air on PBS television stations as part of its new America Reframed series this month; and on Magic Johnson’s brand new Comcast cable network, Aspire, beginning in October.
The documentary film features the Madison Park Technical Vocational High School Cardinals, a dysfunctional but talented high school hoops team from the city’s streets and playgrounds. Graced with a handful of sharp shooters and savvy ball-handlers, they also struggle both on and off the court. For the players on the team basketball is oftentimes their escape, their crutch, and their way forward. The film is as much about the challenges facing inner-city youth and the public school system, as it is about a school’s passion for basketball and a coach’s devotion to his players.
In the center of this hope and chaos Coach Dennis Wilson, a former semi-professional basketball player, history teacher and disciplinarian, chants, harasses and cajoles his charges onto the court and in his classroom as a way to instill lessons that go beyond winning and losing. In the midst of a potentially historic season, life for the MP Cardinals, players, coaches, family and friends proves to be anything but ordinary. As players struggle to stay in school and on the team, they face an onslaught of obstacles, from poverty to academics, from neighborhood rivalries to city-wide tragedies, they put to trial the team’s season motto: “The only team that can beat Madison is Madison.” But is Coach Wilson the Madison Park solution or is he just getting sucked into the problem? As the team plays out the regular season and heads into state tournament showdowns, MP pride will be sorely tested.
The film was produced by KreateABuzz Productions with its Boston based creative team, including director/producer Rudy Hypolite, cinematographer Mike Pecci, co-editor Chris O’Coin, music composer Malik Williams (writers/artists Louie Bello, Arthur Parker and Rob Gordon IV), and McFarland-Pecci post production facilities. During its film festival circuit run in Los Angeles, New York, Rhode Island, Boston and Austin this past year, Push Madison vs. Madison received various awards and recognition, including the Audience Award and the Henry Hampton Award for Best Documentary Feature Film.
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