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When the Garden Was Eden

Gala

World Premiere

USA | 75 MINUTES

WHEN THE GARDEN WAS EDEN

Sports, Documentary, New York, Returning Filmmaker
Actor and tried-and-true New Yorker Michael Rapaport delivers an unabashed love letter to the Knicks with this fast-moving tribute to the team’s glory days, based on Harvey Araton’s best-selling book from 2012, When the Garden Was Eden. In the late ’60s, basketball was the city’s forgotten sport. Enter an unlikely band of scrappy team players, many of them future hall-of-famers, who would transform the team into one of the NBA’s most dazzling squads.

Featuring interviews with Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Earl Monroe, Willis Reed, Bill Bradley, Phil Jackson, Red Holzman, Dave DeBusschere, Jerry Lucas, and many more stars from the Knicks’ championship years, When the Garden Was Eden is a snapshot of a colorful and volatile era in New York history and a testament to the breathless energy that defines the city and its sporting heroes.

-Arthur Ryel-Lindsey

This film is co-presented by:


CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Michael Rapaport

Native New Yorker Michael Rapaport is an actor and director who has appeared in over 50 feature films including True Romance, Beautiful Girls, Mighty Aphrodite, and Higher Learning. He most recently appeared in the FX Network's television show, Justified. His first feature film as a director was the award-winning, Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest. He is the proud father of two sons, Julian and Maceo Rapaport, and is a life long New York Knicks fan.


Team Locker Room and Phil Jackson Photo Credit: George Kalinsky
Director
Michael Rapaport
Producer
Jason Bergh, Michael Rapaport
Editor
Kevin Barth
Associate Producer
Emily Isacson
Cinematographer
Jeb Bergh
Executive Producer
Doug Ellin, Jim Lefkowitz
Co-Producer
Cole Angenendt, Harvey Araton
Cast
Willis Reed, Phil Jackson, Cazzie Russell, Marv Albert, Earl Monroe, and Walt Frazier

CONTACTS

Print Source
Jason Bergh
UX Entertainment Group
Los Angeles, 90039
Phone: 9175436299
jason@uxentertainment.com
Press Contact
Jay Jay Nesheim
ESPN
New York, 10023
Phone: 646 547 5839
JayJay.Nesheim@espn.com