coming back to the hoop


about the film

43 years ago, Jane Pittman, a promising basketball star at her small town high school, ran off the court during a holiday tournament game never to return ... until now.

When Jane stumbles across the NOVA United Senior Women's Basketball Association, old passions are reignited. Vowing to get into the best shape of her life, she is determined to play competitive ball again. What she never expected to find on that journey was a passionate group of senior adults who had decided to “wear out, before we rust out”. Choosing basketball over Canasta and Bingo, these women come together for much more than sports.

Coming Back To The Hoop is a film about the transformative power of basketball and the healing it brings when you connect with something larger than yourself and then give yourself over to the team.

"More than anything, basketball is FUN. No other basketball story has ever conveyed that joy more effectively than Coming Back To The Hoop. Poignant, amusing, endearing, inspiring; I spent the whole film laughing and crying."
Mariah Burton Nelson
author and former Stanford and professional basketball player


Audience Award - Alexandria Film Festival, 2014
Audience Award - Praxis Film Festival, 2015
International Sports Movie & TV Festival - Best Foreign Documentary, Russia, 2014
Winner - Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase


Best Documentary Feature - Queens World Film Festival, 2015
Best Director - Emerge Film Festival, 2015

Official Selection 2015

Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival
Los Angeles Women‘s International Film Festival
Southeastern Film Festival
Bentonville Film Festival
Canadian Sport Film Festival
Macon Film Festival
Chargrin Documentary Film Festival
Chesapeake Film Festival
Global Peace Film Festival
Jamaican Film Festival

“we'd rather
wear out
than rust out.”

about the director

Director, cinematographer, editor

Jane Pittman is a director, cinematographer and editor based in Washington DC. Her extensive repertoire of short films, feature documentaries and educational/training videos, has appeared on PBS and film festivals throughout the southeast. (This is How Time Passes, Prophets Rising, In Your Hands). Jane's films are also distributed nationally by Films Media Group, a distributor of social interest educational programming. With a master's degree in music, Jane's work follows a distinct rhythm, lending her films a unique artistic touch.

about the executive

Executive Producers

Heather and Kathleen are the founders of the LIVE TO GIVE charitable trust: a philanthropic endeavour established to make strategic and catalytic gifts that support community oriented efforts focused on promoting social justice, equity and human rights, with a particular focus on girls and women. The philosophy of LIVE TO GIVE centers on the act of giving as the key to a meaningful and responsible life.

“the sisterhood
is what basketball brings.”

nova united senior
womens basketball

NOVA United is the premiere senior women's basketball association in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. Approximately 60 women between the ages of 50 - 75 come from Northern Virginia, Maryland, DC and West Virginia to practice every Friday night at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church, Virginia. NOVA United offers senior women opportunities to improve their skills and compete in 3 on 3 half-court basketball games and tournaments around the country.

Gold Mettle, NOVA's 60 - 64 team, at the 2013 National Senior Games with a silver medal in the AA division.

“it's about community.
it's everybody working
together for a
common goal.”

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“i fell in love all over
again with the game.
i wanted to help and
give back.”