You were the first to read about it here when it was on the festival circuit, and now — it’s back.
Acclaimed documentary Push: Madison vs. Madison did so well in its recent airings on ESPN Classic that it’s being run again four more times this month. It will also air on Magic Johnson’s new Aspire network, which launched June 2012.
If you missed it before, this is the universe’s way of telling you not to miss it again….
Boston High School Hoops Team Documentary Back to Back on ESPN Classic
Push: Madison vs. Madison Inner-City Slam Dunk
ROXBURY, MA – Push: Madison vs. Madison, a local documentary feature film will be broadcast back to back nationally on ESPN Classic on Friday, November 9 at 10pm and midnight EST, in addition to Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 8pm, 10pm and midnight EST.
Negotiated for a three-year cable broadcast run by film distributor SnagFilms Inc., 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 also aired in October on PBS television stations as part of its new America Reframed series; and will air on Magic Johnson’s brand new Comcast cable network, “Aspire,” under a three-year broadcast deal.
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. 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, music composer Malik Williams 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.
For more information visit pushmadison.com
Roger Hypolite, Dennis Wilson and Rudy Hypolite