Hot Docs 2022: Qs à la mode with… Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux (Handle With Care: The Legend of The Notic Streetball Crew)

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In Handle With Care: The Legend of The Notic Streetball Crew, co-directors Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux and Kirk Thomas catch up with the titular Canadian phenoms 20 years after their dazzling skills first wowed the world. We posed our Qs à la mode to Jeremy, and here’s what he shared!

If I had to describe my film using only five adjectives, they would be: “Raucous, original, jaw-dropping [the streetball moves!], heartbreaking, triumphant.”

The thing that surprised me most about my film’s subject(s)/topic was: “The story! [Co-director] Kirk Thomas and I have known most of Handle With Care’s stars for more than 20 years, but we were still surprised by all the harrowing and beautiful details of their individual journeys, both in and out of basketball.”

My favorite moment/scene/sequence in my film is: “Having the whole team come together for an outdoor, sunset screening of the lost final mixtape. Watching that footage together for the first time, 20 years in the making!”

The toughest part of the whole shoot was: “Our very first interview in production — once you’ve seen the film, it should be obvious! — got really intense and personal, where we as interviewers ended up being the ones getting grilled. Our past actions, mistakes and even privilege were rightfully questioned. It also became one of the most honest and, I believe, cathartic parts of making the movie, hopefully for those behind and in front of the camera.”

My most invaluable piece of doc-making gear was/is: “Our busted-up, old digital-8 camera? Oh, for the editors out there: ScriptSync!!!”

My go-to, get-me-through snack of choice for long shoots or epic editing sessions is: “Dark-chocolate almonds strategically buried in healthier trail mix.”

Another Hot Docs 2022 film I’m excited to see is: “Super-excited for I Didn’t See You There and We’re All Gonna Die!”

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