Madison Park Vocational, Roxbury, Massachusetts. Madison Park Cardinals are a dysfunctional but talented high school hoops team sprung up from the Boston streets and playgrounds. Graced with a handful of sharp shooters and savvy ball-handlers, they also struggle, both on and off the court. For the players on the team basketball is oftentimes their escape, their crutch, and their way forward. The documentary film is as much about the challenges facing inner-city youth and the public school system, as it is about a school’s passion for basketball and a coach’s devotion to his players.
In the center of this kettle of hope and chaos is Coach Dennis Wilson. A former semi-professional player, philosophizing history teacher and disciplinarian, Coach Wilson chants, harasses and cajoles his charges onto the court and in his classroom as a way to instill lessons that go beyond winning and losing. In the midst of a potentially historic season, life for the MP Cardinals, players, coaches, family and friends proves to be anything but ordinary. As players struggle to stay in school and on the team, a slew of obstacles opposes them, from poverty to academics, from neighborhood rivalries to city-wide tragedies, they put to trial the team’s season motto: “The only team that can beat Madison is Madison”. But is Coach Wilson the Madison Park solution or is he just getting sucked into the problem? As the team plays out the regular season and heads into state tournament showdowns, MP pride will be sorely tested.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9th at 3 am (for insomniacs!) and
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15th at 5:30 pm.