It’s been….ONE WEEK since your Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of the NBA Finals and became NBA Champions for the first time in 50 years. By now you’ve seen the game. You’ve seen the parade. You’ve seen all the coverage. But have you seen what it was really like to be in the thick of it all last Tuesday?
Enter local filmmaker/musician Dan Black, who creates under the moniker BangLocalDads. In the just-released BUCKS IN SIX film, Black captures all the revelry, randomness, and river diving largely absent from more traditional coverage. Black is in the Deer District from the very beginning, getting unadorned shots of the growing crowd and the police patrolling it. He’s there when the Bucks win, catching glimpses of crowd-surfing fans and beer-infused shenanigans. And he’s there after the game, documenting the alarming number of people who thought diving into the Milwaukee River was a good idea. (The river diving begins around the 22-minute mark.)
There’s no soaring sky-cam shots here, no booming music or epic slow-motion action. Just plainly (but keenly) observed moments of joy and weirdness, spontaneous celebration and at least one guy who’s definitely not a cop walking around with an automatic weapon (27:00). Oh, and a lot of people screaming “BUCKS IN SIX” (which the Bucks are trying to trademark).
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