Monday, March 20, 2006

March Madness: Basketball films in Media Services

The Big Game (1982, VHS 4067) - From the classic Middletown film series on life in and around Muncie, Indiana - itself a complement to the Middletown studies conducted by Robert and Helen Lynd in the 1920s and 1930s. Director E.J. Vaughn uses a cinema verite technique to capture the activity surrounding the annual basketball game between the Muncie Central High School Bearcats and the Anderson High School Indians.

Hoop Dreams (1994, VHS 3425) This remarkable film follows William Gates and Arthur Agee, two African-American teenagers who are recruited to a predominantly white high school on basketball scholarships. Their struggle to survive in a highly competitive environment while dealing with family hardships is captured. In 1995, it gained attention for NOT being nominated for the Best Documentary Academy Award.

In the Game (1994, VHS 4165) Behind-the-scenes story of one season with Coach Tara VanDerveer and the Stanford Women’s Basketball Team as they try to win a national championship. It takes a look at the inequities in men’s and women’s sports and examines how women’s college athletics have been affected by Title IX.

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