Ballin’ at the graveyard

The documentary Ballin’ at the Graveyard looks at the hardball culture and strong supportive ties between players that have brought two generations of men out to the same Albany, N.Y., court for pickup basketball every weekend for decades. Starting with an action-packed exploration of this particular game and its history, norms, and rituals, Ballin’ then examines the life stories of some of the key players and the community they have formed. Ballin’ is a moving and poignant yet respectful and unassuming portrait of the role of one “third place,” an informal yet longstanding gathering, in the lives of those who gather there.

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