New Essay: "Autumn Erotic: Nathaniel Dorsky's A FALL TRIP HOME"

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New Essay: "Autumn Erotic: Nathaniel Dorsky's A FALL TRIP HOME"

Just published online: I wrote about Nick Dorsky's tender, rarely-screened film poem on American football, A Fall Trip Home (1964), for Canyon Cinema. An excerpt:

"Dorsky’s film speaks to one of the foremost paradoxes of football. Forged in the culture of the late 19th century Ivy League, football has long been an emblem of white supremacy and heterosexual power, organized as a colonizing conquest of an opponent’s territory. At the same time, football is a homosocial enclave that authorizes the objectification of male bodies for a primarily male gaze: a fraternal exchange which belies the game’s homophobic culture and its racist practices. As scholar Thomas Oates describes, 'From its earliest days, football has been a complex and conflicted cultural text, in which seemingly straightforward assertions of the power of white men consistently involve an undercurrent of uncertainty and anxiety.' In A FALL TRIP HOME this undercurrent is expressed by a desirous yet detached subjectivity. Male bodies are captured on film, slowed down, studied, but also obscured under layers of superimposition. The film’s specular gaze is complicated by aesthetic rather than scientific mediation. Here, a game in which masculinity is defined and affirmed unfolds in front of the camera, but its homoerotic traces are 'masked by the (supposedly) hypermasculine setting of football.'"

Full essay at: http://canyoncinema50.org/collection/ephemera/autumn-erotic

Image: Nathaniel Dorsky, A Fall Trip Home

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Summer News + Updates

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Summer News + Updates

SUMMER 2019 RECAP


RESIDENCY:

FILMMAKING:

  • I had a film in an exhibition titled Film Farm: 25 Years of the Independent Imaging Retreat at the TIFF Bell Lightbox’s Film Reference Library, June 25th – July 19th.

  • I’m currently working on a new feature documentary, titled Ghosts of Empire, and conducted interviews and research this summer in Boston, Los Angeles, and San Diego. For updates on this project, please follow the G.O.E. social media accounts listed below.

PUBLICATIONS:

  • I wrote a chapter for an exciting new book, Process Cinema: Handmade Film in the Digital Age (McGill-Queen's UP), edited by Scott MacKenzie and Janine Marchessault which launched in Toronto in in July. The title of my contribution is: “Chemistry Class: Jeffrey Paull, the Escarpment School, and the Legacy of Process Cinema at Sheridan College”.

  • I’m currently editing a book about the acclaimed collage filmmaker and curator, Craig Baldwin (to be co-published by INCITE Journal of Experimental Media and San Francisco Cinematheque). Tentative release date is November 2020. For updates on this project, please follow the INCITE Journal social media accounts listed below.


For more up to date news, follow:

Instagram: Ghosts of Empire
Twitter: Ghosts of Empire
Twitter: Brett Kashmere
Twitter: INCITE Journal of Experimental Media
Facebook: INCITE Journal of Experimental Media


GIF by Alex Johnston

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A NON-ZERO-SUM GAME: INCITE Sports Event Series

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A NON-ZERO-SUM GAME: INCITE Sports Event Series

A Non-Zero-Sum Game: Sports, Art, and the Moving Image is a series of events launching, and part of, INCITE: Sportstaking place in bookstores, galleries, and cinemas.

January 24, 2018:
Kadist, San Francisco. 
POWER FORWARD. An evening of athletics, politics, and art. Ezekiel Kweku (politics editor, New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer) and Ameer Loggins (writer, scholar, and regular contributor to The Athletic) in conversation, moderated by Sarah Hotchkiss (visual arts editor, KQED). Brett Kashmere and Astria Suparak provide an illustrated preview of INCITE: Sports. Works by Gao Mingyan, Chadwick Rantanen, Collier Schorr, and Hank Willis Thomas on view.

February 3:
Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, San Francisco.
WINNINGEST Exhibition Reception. This exhibition divulges shameful and disregarded aspects of sports. It accentuates the kinships and struggles of athletes, and revels in the moments that break with the past and usher in new eras.
Artists, Writers, and Featured Athletes: Haig Aivazian, Darryl Dawkins, Sally Dixon, Cara Erskine, Karen Kraven, Mark Gonzales, Pasha Malla and Jeff Parker, Hazel Meyer and Cait McKinney, Ayanah Moor, Zinedine Zidane.
Readers: Charlie Mirador, Dania Cabello, David Senior, Darrin Martin, Dolores Garay, Dorothy Santos, Grace Rosario Perkins, Maysoun Wazwaz, Samara Halperin, Silky Shoemaker, Yuri Ono, Zoey Kroll.

February 17:
San Francisco Cinematheque at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
THE NATION'S FINEST Film Screening. This program deconstructs the athlete body – how it is used for national, political, and social agendas, and how it is viewed and re-crafted by artists (who are sometimes athletic!).
Artists: Haig Aivazian, I AM A BOYS CHOIR, Internet, Tara Mateik, Nam June Paik, Keith Piper, and Lillian Schwartz.

March 3:
Other Cinema at Artists' Television Access, San Francisco.
Film Screening + The Greatest Sports GIFs Ever contest. A Post-Olympics Cool Down and Pre-March Madness Warm Up, the first quarter brings an illustrated preview of the book from Sports editors Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere. Next up is the Greatest Sports GIFs of All Time competition, with participation prizes (submit yours by Feb. 26 to: info (at) incite-online.net or via Twitter: @incite_online). During Intermission, sit in on the Raiderettes’ practice (c. 1960s footage). The 2nd half brings the editors’ selections of fan-made supercuts as well as video art from Anil Dash, Paper Rad, Rachel Rampleman, James Blagden, and more, and a rare screening of Nathaniel Dorsky’s football psychodrama A Fall Trip Home. Final quarter brings Sports Spectacles from Craig Baldwin’s collection, including Muhammad Ali’s pre-Thrilla in Manila promo, behind-the-scenes of the 49ers Jumbotron, a 1970s film trailer for The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings starring James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor, an excerpt of Cerro Pelado by Cuban agit-filmmaker Santiago Alvarez, and more. Pre-show loop by Lisa Young. Evening co-sponsored by Canyon Cinema.

March 1-31:
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH. 
Exhibition of Haig Aivazian's "How Great You Are O Son of the Desert!, Part I" in The Box

March 22:
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH. 
4pm: Expanding the Field: Sports and Culture Discussion with Hanif Abdurraqib (author, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us), Samuel Hodge (Ohio State Department of Human Sciences professor and coeditor of Black Males and Intercollegiate Athletics), and artist and writer Carmen Winant. Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere provide an illustrated preview of INCITE: Sports.
RSVP on Facebook.
6pm: Sports Reception + Book Signing
7pm: THE NATION'S FINEST Film Screening

April 6: 
Pitzer College, Benson Auditorium, Claremont, CA. 
THE NATION'S FINEST Film Screening. Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere provide an illustrated preview of INCITE: Sports. Followed by a reception.

April 12: 
Conversations at the Edge (CATE)
 at Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago.
THE NATION'S FINEST Film Screening

April XX, 7pm:
University of California, Santa Cruz. Studio C, Communications Building.
A BEAUTIFUL GAME Film Screening

May 9, 7pm: 
University of California, Santa Cruz. Studio C, Communications Building. Co-presented by Wednesday Night Cinema Society and CDAR (Center for Documentary Arts and Research).
THE NATION'S FINEST Film Screening

July 17: 
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica. Launch event to be announced.

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Recent + Upcoming Screenings

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Recent + Upcoming Screenings

GHOSTS OF EMPIRE (Sketch) @ Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, Hawick, Scotland, March 2-6, 2017
FORMATIONS @ Videos for a Stadium, University of Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium, organized by UK Art Museum, April 6, 2017
CLEANING THE GLASS @ Iowa City International Documentary Festival, April 20-22, 2017
CLEANING THE GLASS @ Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, April 20-23, 2017
FORMATIONS @ CROSSROADS, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, organized by San Francisco Cinematheque, May 19-21, 2017
FROM DEEP + CLEANING THE GLASS, presented by Available Light in collaboration with VISIONS, la lumière, Montreal, July 6, 2017
DEEP PLAY: Sport and Experimental Media, curated by Brett Kashmere for VISIONS, presented in collaboration with Available Light, la lumière, Montreal, July 7, 2017
CLEANING THE GLASS @ Some Poetic and Political Currents, presented by Los Angeles Filmforum, Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, July 30, 2017

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SPORTSNATION reviewed in Pittsburgh City Paper + CBS

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SPORTSNATION reviewed in Pittsburgh City Paper + CBS

From PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER:

"... strains of cultural critique surface in SPORTSNATION. Brett Kashmere’s two-gallery installation is announced on a hallway-hung monitor by a video-game loop of LeBron at half court, endlessly scanning an otherwise vacant floor (and equally unpeopled arena) for his absent teammates; hung nearby, framed behind glass, is a charred 'James 23' jersey.

"Inside one gallery hang pep-rally-style banners from Kashmere’s series This Is Pro Football: 'Cruel Rites of Manhood,' 'Ballet & Brutality,' 'One-Hundred Yard Universe.' But Kashmere isn’t hating on sports so much as asking us to think about them more. He shows how in From Deep, his feature-length 2013 docu-essay, on loop in a darkened gallery. Based on the 20 minutes I saw, this film about the intersection of basketball and hip hop, is a smart, provocative take on things like the racial subtexts of Hollywood hoops fare like Hoosiers; sports and politics (Ali, Kareem); and how stars like Julius Erving, and tracks like Kurtis Blow’s 'Basketball' (1984), helped turn the 1960s New York street game into the game. This is cultural commentary both trenchant and entertaining." (Bill O'Driscoll)


From CBS PITTSBURGH:

"Kids will love the artwork done by Brett Kashmere, a Pittsburgh filmmaker, curator and writer who develops a keen development of sports and the cultural role they play in America. This is perfect timing with the media blitz of sports that depict sports heroes through an assortment of mesmerizing collections. The banners seem to jump off the wall and describe the nuances of basketball and other sports, such as hockey and football. The floor design runs freely in all directions, and the visual presentation of a basketball net, an NBA jersey and the variety of slogans on the wall represent the cultural importance and reverance for sports. There is a story with each project and lesson to be learned about sports culture and history, and kids will have an enriching and educational experience in all forms of media." (Gerry Cernicky)

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FROM DEEP featured on Grantland

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FROM DEEP featured on Grantland

Like the game it explores, From Deep, a feature-length film about basketball by experimental filmmaker Brett Kashmere, isn’t easy to classify. Kashmere builds a collage out of pieces sampled from various primary sources to create a film that explores basketball as a nexus for issues about race, freedom, and capitalism, and as a feedback loop for the rise of hip-hop. It’s equal parts personal essay, cultural critique, film retrospective, and mixtape.


For the full article, visit:
http://grantland.com/the-triangle/saskatchewan-to-syracuse-from-deep-is-an-indefinable-experimental-celebration-of-basketball-and-hip-hop
 

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Recent Press for FROM DEEP

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Recent Press for FROM DEEP

- AKIMBO, "Brett Kashmere & Jennifer Chan at the Images Festival," http://ow.ly/wbgB8 

- ARTINFO, "Jumping Through Hoops: Brett Kashmere's From Deep," http://bit.ly/1DNOtJt

- ARTSLANT, "From Deep and the Rise of the Dunkadelic Era," http://bit.ly/1kjcGvL

- BlogTO, "10 Things to See at the Images Festival," http://ow.ly/wbfPI 

- THE BROOKLYN RAIL, "Dots & Hoops: Experimental and Nonfiction Cinema at the 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival," http://bit.ly/1jTfJLW 

- CINE-FILE, "Crucial Viewing: From Deep," http://ow.ly/wbfJk 

- CINEMA SCOPE ONLINE, "Digital Images: Images Festival 2014," http://ow.ly/wbgKV 

- THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH, "Film From Deep Documents Connection Between Basketball, Hip Hop," http://bit.ly/1IBxCtk

- DENVER WESTWORD, "Score Big with From Deep, Brett Kashmere's Basketball Documentary," http://bit.ly/1pD0byY

- THE DETROIT NEWS, "Ann Arbor Film Festival remains off the beaten path," http://ow.ly/wbiT2 

- THE GLOBE AND MAIL (cover story of film section), "Court of Appeal: From Deep Takes on Love Affair between Basketball and Hip Hop," http://ow.ly/wbgmq 

- THE GLOBE AND MAIL, "Images Film Festival to Showcase Performance Art, Movies, and More," http://ow.ly/wbgr4 

- GRANTLAND, "Saskatchewan to Syracuse: From Deep Is an Indefinable, Experimental Celebration of Basketball and Hip-Hop," http://es.pn/1CjH0iD

- THE GRID, "Images Festival: Top 5 Picks," http://ow.ly/wbgbs 

- THE L MAGAZINE, "Truth at 24 Frames Per Second and Ball Don't Lie: Brett Kashmere's From Deep," http://bit.ly/1L4xeFU

- HARDWOOD PAROXYSM (formerly of ESPN, now part of Sports Illustrated), "What’s Happened So Far: A Review of From Deep," http://ow.ly/vAfkO 

- THE MAGIC BIRD, "Interview with Brett Kashmere," http://bit.ly/1uoCtpo

- THE MICHIGAN DAILY, "Fifty-Two Years of the Ann Arbor Film Festival," http://ow.ly/wbg5t 

- NBA RIVISTA UFFICIALE (NBA's official magainze in Italy), "Photo Book: From Deep," http://bit.ly/1zBhPJK (PDF)

- NOW MAGAZINE, "Images Festival: Some Highlights from the Edgy Fest of Experimental Film, Art and Performance," http://ow.ly/wbjnx

- PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER, "Brett Kashmere's New Film From Deep Examines Basketball, Race, Hip Hop and Popular Culture," http://bit.ly/1o9kQfZ

- SPORTWEEK MAGAZINE, "Il Tempo del Basket," http://bit.ly/1877V75 (PDF)

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Upcoming Screenings of FROM DEEP

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Upcoming Screenings of FROM DEEP

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS (San Francisco)
Part of the series BASKETBALL JONES: HOOPS ON SCREEN
7:30pm Thursday, May 14, 2015
http://www.ybca.org

YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY (Youngstown, OH)
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
http://www.ysu.edu

HALLWALLS CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER (Buffalo)
7pm Tuesday, April 7, 2015
http://www.hallwalls.org

3S ARTSPACE (Portsmouth, NH)
8pm Saturday, April 4, 205
http://www.3sarts.org

CAL ARTS (Valencia, CA)
Presented by The Collective
4pm Thursday, February 19, 2015
http://calarts.edu

CINEMATHEQUE QUEBECOISE (Montreal)
7pm Thursday, February 12, 2015
http://www.cinematheque.qc.ca

WEXNER CENTER FOR THE ARTS (Columbus, OH)
7pm Tuesday, January 20, 2015
http://wexarts.org/film-video/deep

NYC Premiere!
UNIONDOCS CENTER FOR DOCUMENTARY ARTS (Brooklyn, NY)

7:30pm Saturday & Sunday, January 10 & 11, 2015
http://www.uniondocs.org

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY (Syracuse, NY)
2pm Tuesday, November 18 (FREE)
@ Shaffer Art Building, Shemin Auditorium
http://vpa.syr.edu/transmedia

3 RIVERS FILM FESTIVAL (Pittsburgh, PA)
2pm, Sunday, November 16 (FREE)
@ Braddock Carnegie Library Gym, pick-up basketball to follow!
http://3rff.com

OBERLIN COLLEGE (Oberlin, OH)
7pm, Monday, November 10 (FREE)
@ Dye Lecture Hall, 119 Woodland Street
http://calendar.oberlin.edu

ANTIMATTER FILM FESTIVAL (Victoria, BC)
9pm, Thursday, October 30
@ Deluge Contemporary Art, 636 Yates Street
http://antimatter.ws

West Coast Premiere!
OTHER CINEMA (San Francisco)

8:30pm Saturday, October 25
@ Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia Street
http://www.othercinema.com/calendar/index.html

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE 
7pm Monday, October 7 (FREE)
@ Union Theatre, Peck School of the Arts
http://psoacal.uwm.edu/?tribe_events=brett-kashmeres-from-deep

VIA FESTIVAL OF MUSIC & NEW MEDIA (Pittsburgh, PA)
7pm Thursday, October 2
@ Row House Cinema, 4115 Butler Street
http://via2014.com/people/screening-from-deep

International Premiere!
MILANO FILM FESTIVAL (Milano, Italy)

September 4-14
http://bit.ly/1urB4Rp

NOTHING TO SEE HERE (Denver, CO)
8pm Saturday, August 16
@ The Sidewinder, 4485 Logan Street
http://www.nothingto-seehere.com/from-deep
In connection with GAME CHANGER exhibition at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, which includes artwork by Brett Kashmere, Catherine Opie, Kehinde Wiley, and others.

Western Canadian Premiere!
GIMLI FILM FESTIVAL (Gimli, Manitoba)

2pm Sunday, July 27
@ Lady of the Lake Theatre
http://www.gimlifilm.com/films-archive/2014/from-deep

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FROM DEEP featured in Pittsburgh City Paper

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FROM DEEP featured in Pittsburgh City Paper


Brett Kashmere's new film From Deep examines basketball, race, hip hop and popular culture 

"One of the goals I had was to present both sides of the sport: the entertainment spectacle and the everyday game."

By Al Hoff

The provocative new docu-essay FROM DEEP – Pittsburgh-based director Brett Kashmere likens it to a mixtape, combining professional basketball, street ball, hip hop, fashion, race and popular culture – makes its Pittsburgh premiere this week. Kashmere talked to CP via email about some of the issues of race and basketball that the film raises.

Read the interview here: http://bit.ly/1o9kQfZ

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FROM DEEP reviewed on Hardwood Paroxysm

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FROM DEEP reviewed on Hardwood Paroxysm

Some highlights from Miles Wray's "What's Happened So Far: A Review of FROM DEEP," which appeared on FanSided's Hardwood Paroxysm blog on April 7, 2014:
 

  • "It’s a film that manages, like all true and real loves, to see the best and most glorious traits about basketball, the professional and playground games alike, while also acknowledging the legion of unsightly warts on its personality—namely, this game’s tense and fraught racial history."
     
  • "In more conventional hands... FROM DEEP would be a history book of the game, a museum exhibit guiding the viewer through the sport’s major plot points. And while we do get all of the plot points... what FROM DEEP provides is a dynamic sampler of basketball’s constantly evolving aesthetics. As Kashmere cuts a precise path through what feels like miles of tape from every imaginable source—from national-broadcast HD to games where the bottom wasn’t yet cut out of the basket to the annals of Hollywood’s portrayals of basketball—the perpetual progression of basketball styles begins to reveal its shape, the change over decades of play artfully distilled for a single sitting."
     
  • "Kashmere is able to perfectly match the genre explorations of the Showtime Lakers with hip-hop’s first self-realized hits. It’s as if the twin industries of basketball and music are taking cues from each other, each prodding the other to step out into new sonic landscapes. Onwards into the nineties and this century, the influence of the most racially loaded figures of the times (see: N.W.A., Allen Iverson) is subsumed by the unavoidable wave of commerce and endorsements."
     
  • "Just like the playground games it so admires, FROM DEEP is joyfully devoid of the background hum of commercial pressures. It does not grab hip-hop’s coattails because hip-hop is the shortcut ticket to the prized demographics du jour: high esteem is given to both the game and the music. Both topics are discussed because, overflowing with the creativity and passions of so many brilliant people as they are, both topics deserve to be discussed."
     
  • "FROM DEEP is being released and screened here in 2014, but its expiration date is nowhere on the horizon. Stick it in a Smithsonian vault and bring it out twenty, thirty years from now and it will all make perfect sense... it will make sense because it has so totally captured the styles that have happened in and to basketball up to this point." 
     
  • "Kashmere has given us a uniquely thoughtful and meticulous view of basketball, respecting and exploring the imprints the game has made, and will continue to make, on the rest of society. Watch what he does next."


For the full review, visit:
http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2014/04/07/whats-happened-so-far-a-review-of-from-deep/


Miles Wray writes a recurring column for McSweeney's Internet Tendency called Reviews of Self-Help Books by Professional Athletes and helps create Spartan. He's on Twitter at @mileswray. You can read more of his writing at mileswray.contently.com

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FROM DEEP World + Canadian Premieres, March-April

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FROM DEEP World + Canadian Premieres, March-April

World Premiere!
ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL
5pm Saturday, March 29
@ Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)
http://aafilmfest.org/52/events/from_deep

Canadian Premiere + Closing Night Film!
IMAGES FESTIVAL (Toronto, ON)
9pm Saturday, April 19
@ Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
http://www.imagesfestival.com/calendar.php?event_id=1265&month=n

Artist Talk: Jennifer Chan + Brett Kashmere 
IMAGES FESTIVAL (Toronto, ON)
3pm Thursday, April 17 @ 401 Richmond Street Bldg
http://www.imagesfestival.com/calendar.php?event_id=1244&month=n


From the IMAGES FESTIVAL catalogue:

Brett Kashmere’s cultural history of basketball is woven together from hundreds of clips from movies, music videos, television and video games alongside his own footage of neighborhood street and playground games. Shifting, as Kashmere describes it, “between essay and mixtape,” the film balances exhaustive research with immensely entertaining pop culture source material. The film traces the game’s evolution from its invention in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1891 (by Canadian expat James Naismith) through its transformation to the urban game it is today. Kashmere ties this history to his own – growing up as a white kid in the Canadian Prairies, an outsider to the sport but one drawn to the culture surrounding the game.

At the film’s centre is the parallel ascent of hip hop and basketball in the 1980s highlighted in songs like Kurtis Blow’s Basketball and Run-DMC’s My Adidas. Kashmere traces these threads as independent yet symbiotic cultural phenomena, as forces that have shaped American life today, as windows through which we can perceive American society. From Deep is both an appreciation of the game, its history and aesthetics and an incisive analysis of its culture–ranging from the economic system of star players as commodities and brands to the complexities of race in the game’s popularity and marketing and the tremendous influence of the game on so many facets of American life in the last generation.

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