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Pistol Shrimps

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 7:00pm
Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 5:30pm

Pistol Shrimps

Brent Hodge | 
USA/Canada |
 2016 | 
75 minutes

MAY 11 SCREENING: Followed by filmmaker Q&A.


PG (Coarse language)

For anyone who ever dreamed of glory on the b-ball court. Well, perhaps not glory, but just basic competence, here come the Pistol Shrimps!

A moribund women’s intramural basketball league in Los Angeles is the unlikely setting for a Hoosiers-style sports story, but stranger things have happened in the City of Angels. As actress and Shrimps team member Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) explains in an interview with Jimmy Fallon: “We’re a really serious basketball team. We love to ball and we ball hard. No Hatrz allowed!” The rest of her team members aren’t quite so certain. For some, it’s a chance to do something they never got to do in high school, meaning play team sports. This is not your mama’s Hoop Dreams, or maybe it actually is. Women with jobs, kids, and careers drop everything and pick up a rock (that’s basketball lingo, y’all.) Soon enough, other teams get in on the action and immortal franchises like The Kimmy Dribblers, The She-Cago Bulls, The Space Glam, and The LA Nail Clippers are born.

An untimely injury to Ms. Plaza, the team’s superstar player, puts their championship run in serious danger. But the Shrimps battle back! Do they win the big gold trophy and sporting glory? Buy yourself a ticket and find out. DOXA is very happy to welcome back hometown hero Brent Hodge (A Brony Tale) with a light-hearted film that nevertheless packs a serious wallop. Not unlike an elbow to the gut, by a particularly motivated Shrimp, driving for the hoop. With women’s sports relegated to the sidelines, the members of the Pistol Shrimps are the vanguard (point guard?) of a new wave in women’s amateur sports. -DW


Brent Hodge

Brent is a Canadian Screen Award winning filmmaker/entrepreneur who began his career at the CBC. He has directed three full-length documentaries including A Brony Tale, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2014 and Leo-award winner What Happens Next?. In 2013 he founded Hodgee Films, a full service production company focusing on the filming of pop culture-based documentaries and digital and commercial content worldwide.