From indoor gyms to outdoor playgrounds, the documentary SUPREME COURTS: A Century of DC-Area Basketball will relate the game’s transformative historic, social, racial, cultural and athletic impacts on the city, the nation, the world. The multiple-episode series, conceived by DC native and basketball historian Pennington Greene in collaboration with Emmy Award-winning producer Dave Lilling of Metro Teleproductions and writer Vinnie Perrone, will chronicle the sport’s sprawling DC-centric story through scores of interviews with those who played, coached, managed and organized the games. In addition to organized games, the series will also chronicle the rough-and-tumble recreation leagues & summer league blacktop classics that spawned future stars and legendary tales. Mr. Greene’s multi-decade archive weaves a broad tapestry that depicts the basketball court as sanctuary, proving ground and civic mecca, a place where hope and jump-shots trace distinctive arcs amid changing social landscapes.
The project is seeking production, post-production, and distribution funding. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
SUPREME COURTS: A Century of DC-Area Basketball is supported in part by an Oral History grant with funds from the Washington, DC government via the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ Humanities Grant Program. Programmatic support for the DC Oral History Collaborative is provided by the DC Public Library.