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Craig Boothe

Executive Producer



Story Teller

BOOTHE... born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, is the visionary and story teller of the Ball Side Middle Story. Having an intimate relationship with the basketball community during the focused era, Boothe attempts to take you back and share the GIFT that kept on GIVING.

Craig Boothe - Filmmaker, Visionary.

James "Waiter" Rapelyea

Executive Producer, Filmmaker, Director, Editor, Visual Storyteller

James "Waiter" Rapelyea, brings many years of experience in filming and directing documentaries. Waiter is creative and his editing talent is second to none. The Ball Side Middle project is fortunate to have such young talent behind the camera.

James "Waiter" Rapelyea


Assistant Editor * Associate Producer

Melanie is the Associate Producer and Assistant Editor of the Ball Side Middle Documentary. Melanie, daughter of filmmaker Craig Boothe, brings a wealth of experience. She holds a Communication degree and has produced BSM Timeouts and has taken charge managing the content and the story. A tremendous asset to the team.


Assistant Editor

Visual Arts Creator

Eric Shaw is the Assistant Editor on the Ball Side Middle Documentary. Eric, has also been lead Editor for some the Ball SideMiddle Timeouts. Eric is talented and his visual arts mastery has provided great effects and content to the project. A Communications graduate from the University of Mary Washington, Eric is also a former college player, who was taught and coached by Coach Boothe in the Hoop Booth program and in high school.

Brian "Christo" McGhee

Digital Media Director


Asst. Editor

Brian brings a wealth of talent to the BSM project. Starting out as an on-location photographer and production assistant, Brian has jumped in full-time to bring his artistic media production talents to the team. 

Eric Short

Associate Producer, Curator

Eric is a Brooklyn born and bred, basketball player who entertained us with his skills and abilities at Midwood HS and then at Long Island University. Eric has the innate ability to research any and everything about the era. His curation skills is as good as his jump shot.

Ted is one of the most vibrant and committed community coaches and organizers in Brooklyn. As a player he was phenomenal at Canarsie HS and as a Coach he was a champion. As the PSAL Commissioner and a community organizer Ted's value and contributions to the documentary are unmeasurable.

Ted Gustus,

Associate Producer