The Pistol Shrimps

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Canada | 2016 | 75 minutes | Brent Hodge

In Los Angeles, the female basketball team Pistol Shrimps—including actress Aubrey Plaza and founder Maria Blasucci ("Drunk History")—come together for weekly matches filled with trash-talking, hard-fouling, wisecracking action.

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"This is a message to all our haters," intones actress Aubrey Plaza ("Parks and Recreation") to the "Tonight Show" audience and to Jimmy Fallon, who has made the grave mistake of mocking her basketball team, the Pistol Shrimps. "We love to ball and we ball hard. No haters allowed." A group of comedians, actors, models, musicians, writers, dancers, and photographers, the Pistol Shrimps may not be the only team in Los Angeles' women's recreational basketball league, but they are the best . . . or at least the best at trash-talking. Founded by Maria Blasucci ("Drunk History"), the Pistol Shrimps hit the court every Tuesday night against such cleverly named squads as the Princess Lay-Ups, the Lucille Ballers, Pretty in Pink, Space Glam, the Kimmy Dribblers, and the L.A. Nail Clippers. From the sidelines, Matt Gourley and Mark McConville record their podcast Pistol Shrimps Radio, tempering their hysterical lack of sports knowledge with pop-culture asides and Jensen Karp's Sock Report (which is exactly what it sounds like). And at halftime it's the L.A. City Municipal Dance Squad, choreographed by Angela Trimbur (The Final Girls) and featuring Stephanie Beatriz (Diaz on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"). Directed by Brent Hodge (A Brony Tale, SIFF 2014), Pistol Shrimps goes behind the scenes and into the professional lives of its members, going from b-ball zeros to recreational-league heroes.

Director Biography
Canadian filmmaker Brent Hodge began his career at the CBC. He went on to produce and direct documentaries What Happens Next? The Dan Mangan Documentary, which won a Leo award, and Beetle Road Trip Sessions, which won a 2014 Canadian Screen Award.

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  • Director: Brent Hodge
  • Principal Cast: Featuring: Aubrey Plaza, Molly Hawkey, Angela Trimbur, Melissa Stetten, Jesse Thomas, Maria Blasucci
  • Country: Canada, USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 75 minutes
  • Producer: Rachel Ricketts, Brent Hodge, John Diemer, Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick
  • Screenplay: Brent Hodge
  • Cinematographers: Jan Lim, Chris Velona, Ryan Corrigan
  • Editors: Korey Scharfer, Chris Kelly, Andrew Huculiak, Brent Hodge
  • Music: Ajay Bhattacharyya, AMP Music, Jesse Thomas, Jamie XX, 1st Vows
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: I Am Chris Farley (Doc, 2015); A Brony Tale (Doc, 2014); CBC’s What Happens Next? (Doc, 2012); CBC’s Winning America (Doc, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: HODGEE FILMS INC.