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"16th and Philly" the historic documentary depicts the rise and fall of one of the nation’s renowned playground basketball leagues held at 16th Street and Susquehanna Avenue in the heart of North Philadelphia. From the late 1980's, throughout out the 1990's and into the to early 2000’s "16th Street" was the paramount and regularly compared to New York City’s "Rucker Park". Many greats frequented the league including Hank Gathers and Doug Overton, but three in particular made themselves legends; Rodney "Hotrod" Odrick, Aaron "AO" Owens, and Bryant “Sadeye” Watson.
Rid with economic despair and devastating conditions, 16th Street playground was a beacon of hope for the North Philadelphia community as well as the city at large. These games brought fans from across the city and tri-state area to witness the level of competition unmatched by any other league. The league at 16th Street shaped Philadelphia basketball history forever. There the legends paved the way and created a lane for the new stars of today. Interviewees of the documentary feature both league legends and Philadelphia basketball historians such as Sheriff Jewell Williams, Littel Vaughn, Joe Parham, Dave “Dr. Foot” Scheiner, Jared "JK" Kearse, Aaron “AO” Owens, Rodney “HotRod” Odrick, Mike Morak and Rahim Thompson to name a few.
A FILM BY DIAMOND EYE SPORTS IN ASSOCIATION WITH CALCOM TECHNOLOGIES PRODUCTIONS AND HIGHER THAN 7.
ISAIAH NATHANIEL AND AT SOUNDZ, EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
DEWAIN JOHNSON and TRAVIS RUSCIL, ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS