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Gunnin' for That #1 Spot -- Eight of the top U.S. high school basketball players compete in the first "Elite 24" tournament at Rucker Park. Produced and directed by MCA of the Beastie Boys, Adam Yauch ("AWESOME; I F***ING SHOT THAT!"), featuring Jerryd Bayless, Michael Beasley, Kevin Love, Kyle Singler and Tyreke Evans.
Gunnin' for That #1 Spot -- This is the theatrical trailer for Gunnin' for That #1 Spot, directed by Adam Yauch.
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Gunnin' for That #1 Spot -- Eight of the U.S.'s top high school basketball players compete in the first "Elite 24" tournament at Rucker Park.
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Eight of the U.S.'s top high school basketball players compete in the first "Elite 24" tournament at Rucker Park. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Adam Yauch on "Gunnin' For That #1 Spot"
 (From IFC. 27 June 2008, 9:08 AM, PDT)

Rockin' The Reel: Musicians Turned Moviemakers
 (From IFC. 27 June 2008, 8:49 AM, PDT)

Gunnin' For That 1 Spot
 (From The AV Club. 26 June 2008, 2:02 PM, PDT)

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Jerryd Bayless ... Himself
Michael Beasley ... Himself
Tyreke Evans ... Himself
Bobbito Garcia ... Unofficial MC / Narrator
Donte Greene ... Himself
Brandon Jennings ... Himself
Jason Kidd ... Himself
Kevin Love ... Himself
Kyle Singler ... Himself
Lance Stephenson ... Himself

Directed by
Adam Yauch 
Produced by
Terrence Chin .... associate producer
Jon Doran .... producer
Chris Rivers .... associate producer
Arthur Roses .... associate producer
Adam Yauch .... producer
Cinematography by
Chris Ekstein 
Film Editing by
Neal Usatin 
Sound Department
Mike Guarino .... sound mixer
Paul Hsu .... sound re-recording mixer
Matt Israel .... sound mixer
John Sember .... sound mixer
Jeffrey Stern .... dialogue editor
Andy Theiss .... sound recordist
Jon Weiner .... additional engineering
Allan Zaleski .... sound effects editor
Visual Effects by
Remi Gletsos .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Scipio Africano .... camera operator
Vanya Edwards .... camera operator
Chris Ekstein .... camera operator
Johnny North .... camera operator
Matt Porwoll .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Remi Gletsos .... assistant editor
Julian Ong .... assistant editor
Music Department
Brian Godshall .... music clearances
Other crew
David Magdael .... publicist

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Rated PG-13 for language
USA:90 min


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Bull's Eye, 22 November 2008
Author: gumkojima from United States

When I read New York Magazine's recommendation of Gunnin' as their top pick of the 300+ flicks at TriBeCa Film Festival, I took a couple days off from work just to check it out. It turned out to be a magical trip. The audience at Tribeca talked to the screen the way any good congregation does on a Sunday morning. Neal Usatin, the film's lead editor, got a particularly good reception when his credit floated on a ball across the screen. (Makes me think I should keep my eyes on his work.) I loved it so much I went back to NYC for its theatrical premier, just down the street from the Rucker in Harlem, to see how it had been tweaked. And I'm not even a basketball fan.

This film fits the way I think. It's fast, and like good comedic timing, presents the player's stories in a way that left me wanting more -- if I'm interested, I'll look it up. The imagery goes from Redacted-style website searches, to fisheye trips over and through NYC, VHS- quality home video, to YouTube footage and HD slow-mo. It's like every photographic and film experiment ever discovered, sampled and flashed before my eyes. On that level, it's like the ultimate style collage.

I bought an educational license and showed it to my high school varsity basketball team. They rolled at Bobbito's nicknames (Shampoo!) the way only those who live it know how it sounds. In fact, they loved the soundtrack so much, I'm buying a copy so they can warm-up to it.

The stand-outs in my book are the bird's-eye, fisheye tour of New York to the smooth sounds of "Let's Do it Again" (on loop). The lens makes Manhattan seem like it's half the world. I love chapter 16's fisheye tour at ground-level; especially when the beat hits on the pigeon and taxi moving in opposite directions. Chapters like this in a movie make for perfect party background pieces. I show them to my friends who don't have time to see the whole movie, but know a good visual over a beat.

You could rent it, but this is also a great example of the artistry of packaging. It's a stand- out example of graphic design gone fine art. From the paper and ink choices, to the colors and the trading cards. (Would have been cooler if they'd been actual cards. Maybe an add-on purchase soon?), this is one of those instant classics that deserves to be in any film-lovers permanent collection.

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