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Gunnin' for That #1 Spot -- The late frontman for the Beastie Boys, Adam Yauch, directs this exciting doc about talented high schoolers in Harlem who are being groomed for the NBA.
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.
Gunnin' for That #1 Spot -- Clip: Lance Stephenson


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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
Jim Kaufman .... 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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"Gunnin" is the new Hoops Dreams, 14 December 2008
Author: marumo-nandi from United States

The release of Hoop Dreams in 1994 set the standard for basketball documentaries. It depicted the lives of two young men on their journey to fulfill their "hoop dreams," discussing their victories as well as the challenges in their way. No film has since had the same impact; Hoop Dreams was the Michael Jordan of basketball films. So who are the Lebrons, the Carmelo Anthonys, the Chris Pauls? Hoop Dreams has had no match, no counterpart until Oscilloscope's Gunnin' For That #1 Spot. Gunnin' documents eight of the nation's top-ranked high school basketball players as they travel to the first-ever Elite 24 basketball game at the famous Rucker Park in Harlem, where legends have been known to be born. Between astonishing clips of high school games, where senior Kevin Love breaks the glass dunking, and interviews with coaches, trainers, critics, and family, the boys tell us about themselves, their hopes, their game, why they play. It is clear from listening to them talk that they are typical teenage boys who go to regular schools and have regular lives, except one thing; they are the nation's top high school basketball players of any age, and they're almost famous. As the story moves on from getting to know them, their lives, and their game, we become as eager for the Rucker game as the boys themselves, trying to anticipate who will shine. In Harlem, the boys spend three days together, practicing with NBA trainers and being showered with freebees as companies try to snatch the boys up for endorsement early. The game is not a high school game, and these great eight are not just high school players. Dunk after dunk, windmills and swooshes from across the court, the Rucker game brings the excitement of every slam dunk contest, the discipline of the basketball veterans, and renewed intensity reminiscent of Hoop Dreams. Gunnin' leaves us wanting more, hungry for slams dunks and anxious to see which one of these basketball phenoms will join the ranks, who will claim that number one spot.

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