Handle With Care: The Legend of the Notic Streetball Crew

True North

Largely composed of immigrants and first-generation Canadians from Vancouver’s suburbs, The Notic underground basketball collective overcame all odds to achieve global fame 20 years ago. In defiance of their high school coaches’ casual racism and desire for oppressive conformity, this gregarious group discovered self-expression through streetball’s loose structure and aversion to rules. Bursting onto the scene at the NBA-sponsored Hoop It Up tournament near Science World, the group unleashed a devastating arsenal of bravura tricks and moves. DIY VHS highlights of their showstopping exploits would soon be collected on their first "mixtape." With copies finding their way to every corner of the globe, it was anointed "the bible of streetball."

Assemblers of that influential compilation (as well as its sequel), Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux and Kirk Thomas now chronicle the underdog group’s rise, fall, and rebirth in a riveting documentary that’s equally euphoric and cathartic. The archival footage remains as jaw-dropping as ever, but it’s the contemporary interviews that lend the film emotional resonance.

World premiere
Director Icon Director
Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux, Kirk Thomas

 
Featuring
Jermaine Foster, Rory Grace, Joey Haywood, Andrew Liew, David Mubanda, Jonathan Mubunda, Dauphin Ngongo, Jamal Parker, Mohammed Wenn
Executive Producer Aron Phillips, Matt Aronson, Mario Soriano, Mark Starkey, Joey Haywood, Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux, Ryan Sidhoo, Kirk Thomas, Lizzy Karp
Producer Ryan Sidhoo
Screenwriter Joey Haywood
Cinematographer Hunter Wood
Editor Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux, Sarah Cruise, Alec MacNeil Richardson
Music Edo Vanbreemen
Production Company The Notic Studios Inc
Contact Aron Phillips
Canada 2021 86 min. Rated PG - Coarse Language
Presented by
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Director – Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux

The Notic Mixtapes documentary team, Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux and Kirk Thomas, are still best friends 20 years later. After their early years in the film industry, Kirk forged a career in the corporate world, while Jeremy continued as a director and editor. Most recently, Jeremy directed the short film Rules for Werewolves (2020) starring Finn Wolfhard. It was an official selection for the 2020 SXSW Film Festival and premiered at TIFF in September 2020.

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Director – Kirk Thomas

The Notic Mixtapes documentary team, Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux and Kirk Thomas, are still best friends 20 years later. After their early years in the film industry, Kirk forged a career in the corporate world, while Jeremy continued as a director and editor. Most recently, Jeremy directed the short film Rules for Werewolves (2020) starring Finn Wolfhard. It was an official selection for the 2020 SXSW Film Festival and premiered at TIFF in September 2020.