Meet the real 'Trail Blazers' in Portland's b-ball scene.

Juliet Zulu profiles the Rigsketball league, a pick-up streetball tournament organized by local bands in Portland, Oregon. Rigsketball is the brainchild of Bim Ditson, a musician who, on a whim, attached a rim and backboard to his van. He brought it to his friends in Portland's music scene—and just like that, Rigsketball was born. "I don’t know any basketball players. I only know bands," he says. "It's just a bunch of weird artistic people who are maybe not the best at basketball."

This documentary is part of a series about the Portland community, which has previously profiled arborists, beekeepers, veterans, and paranormal investigators. The crew includes Zak Davis (creative director), Skot Coatsworth (director and editor), Jesse Tobler, Jayson Bosteder, Everett Yockey, Mike Elliott, and Skot Coatsworth (camerawork), Mike Elliott (location sound), and Clint Snow (sound design). Music by Tigerface ("ControlClutch"), Tre ("Rigsketball feat. Heady D N Da Boyz"), Rio Grand ("LizWooden"), Indian Burial Ground ("SparklerellaHustle"), and Drone ("I Just Need Some Money").

This post originally appeared on The Atlantic.

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