I hope everyone had a safe, relaxing and fun holiday season. I'm back in LA, where I plan to remain, chained to my desk, for the entire month of January (except for a few days promoting "Throw Like A Girl" at the Sundance Film Festival, so that I can have at least a rough cut completed by Opening Day. For the non-rabid baseball fans out there, that targeted date is March 31, 2013.
The other major task that I have to complete this January is fulfilling all the rewards that you all have been patiently awaiting. Naturally the DVD's will have to wait until the film is done, but the shirts, hats etc will be done this month!
I intend to have about 60 minutes of footage strung together to submit for finishing funds to the Sundance Documentary Fund by mid-Feb. I think this is a great way of not only getting finishing funds, but also to get on Sundance's radar. Sundance has long been one of the most difficult film festivals in which to get a film programed. This year they received over 10,000 films for less than 300 slots. However, they do tend to favor projects they select for labs and funding, so we shall see.
Thank you all for your faith, patience and support in/with and of me, as I travel this road. The most exciting thing is that are always more and more female baseball events that deserve to be covered, but at some point one has to stop shooting and start actually making the film. And that's where I am now!
Best Wishes for the New Year!
PS: In case you are interested in supporting another baseball dream, this link will take you to a fundraiser that I helped create for Peyton. She's a 12-yr old girl who has been fighting cancer since 2010. She has the opportunity to go an play in Mexico's first-ever, female baseball tournament, but lacks the funds for plane tickets and housing. If there is anyway you can help, Peyton, her Mom, Kimberley and I will be eternally grateful! I have an interview with Peyton that I shot this past summer at BFA's Baseball Academy. I'm ashamed to admit how unproductive I was and for how long after suffering a head injury in a car accident last year, especially after I met Peyton. She played baseball ALL THROUGHOUT her intensive chemo treatments. Imagine that! What a true and deep love for the sport she has. http://baseballpeyton.chipin.com/cancer-patient-peytons-birthday-baseball-trip-to-mexico
Also attaching a few photos from the last official shoot for TLAG, at the AAGPBL's reunion in Syracuse/Cooperstown, NY Sept 2012.