Love & Basketball
Friday, June 16
There are two ways to access this event:
– General Admission, first-come first-served. Just show up!
– Fast Track, opening the Monday before the event at noon. Click here to learn more and reserve.
Unfolding across four “quarters” in the lives of its protagonists, writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s first feature charts the ebbs and flows in the relationship of Monica (Saana Lathan) and Quincy (Omar Epps), spanning their early years in Los Angeles as childhood friends—and fierce rivals—connecting over a shared love of basketball, through their respective tenures as high school, college, and professional ball players. During this period—situated in the decade prior to the creation of the WNBA—their youthful friendship grows into a passionate but tumultuous romance, as the on-again-off-again lovers find their deep bond tested by the competing pressures of personal ambition, family tensions, and an all-consuming commitment to the game.
Produced by Spike Lee, Prince-Bythewood’s semi-autobiographical film paints a nuanced, involving picture of the emotional processes of self-discovery that accompany the onset of young adulthood, bolstered by Terence Blanchard’s tenderly reflective musical score and memorable performances from Alfre Woodard and Dennis Haysbert.