Sorry for the delay. This is Rick Carpiniello filling in for the vacationing Josh today. I went to the screening of “Knighthood” the other day in Pelham, and I wrote a column about it in today’s Journal News and on LoHud.com.
It’s a pretty cool look inside the dominant boys basketball program in the area, shot mostly during the team’s last state championship season, 2006-07, when it went on and lost to Rice in the Federation semifinals.
Co-producers/directors Michael Variano of Peekskill (a former football/baseball player at Ossining, whose dad was the football coach there) and Cliff Charles of Brooklyn don’t know yet how or if the film will be available for public viewing or for DVD sales. We’ll keep you posted if we find out anything. Variano said it’s possible it will be shown at the school at some point.
The documentary begins with the grueling tryout process, and goes behind the scenes for Bob Cimmino’s huddle, pregame, halftime and postgame talks with his team, which included Michael Coburn, Final Four-bound Kevin Jones, Sherrod Wright, Ketema Brooks and many others, one of them a shy eighth-grader named Jabarie Hinds.
The current team viewed the film at the premiere Saturday.
By the way, back when we were just launching sports videos here, Kevin Devaney did a piece on the Mount Vernon tryouts … and that was part of Variano’s inspiration for the documentary. The headline on Devaney’s video was “Knighthood” and he remembered thinking that was a perfect word for the tryouts, not because the team’s nickname is Knights, but because it’s almost as if Bob Cimmino knighted the select few who earned spots on the team.