Directed by Rudy Hypolite, PUSH: Madison versus Madison is the story of a Roxbury, Massachusetts high school basketball team struggling with the adversities of a failing school system and life in the inner cities of Boston. The film documentary centers around the team’s coach, Dennis Wilson, who serves as the main source of encouragement and inspiration for the team.
The documentary has been well received at several festivals this year. It will screen this month at the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival and the NY Latino International Film Festival.
Here’s the official synopsis, courtesy of the film’s website:
Madison Park Vocational, Roxbury, Massachusetts. A dysfunctional but talented high school hoops team tries to hold itself together. Graced with a handful of sharp shooters and savvy ball-handlers, they also struggle, both on and off the court, in a deteriorating public school system and the turbulence of life in the Boston inner city: rival gangs, a chilling murder rate, destructive families, and the struggle to stay in school and on the team. Closing in on the end of the season, the team has gone 15-0 and has a shot at a state championship and an undefeated season for the first time in history.
At the center of this kettle of hope and chaos is Coach Dennis Wilson, a unique hero for our times. A former semi-professional player, philosophizing history teacher and motor-mouthing disciplinarian, Coach Wilson chants, harasses and cajoles his charges onto the court, asking them: “Whose house is this? Whose game is this? What kinda pride you got?” But is Coach Wilson the MP solution or just getting sucked into the problem? As the team heads into the its final regular season games and tournament showdowns, MP Pride will be sorely tested.
Watch the trailer: