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A baseball drama about two retired players who continue their "duel" at the mound, while they struggle to find their place in life.

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Duel at the Mound

The Fifth Feature from...

Running Wild Films and 5J Media

Altaire Productions presents

Watch our teaser trailer above. We will have a new Kickstarter video with interviews and more soon. 

DP Nick Fornwalt filming the teaser trailer with actor Michael Hanelin
DP Nick Fornwalt filming the teaser trailer with actor Michael Hanelin

With our latest film, we combine the best of our cast and crew after making 52 films in 52 weeks during 2013 to make our most personal, dramatic and dynamic work yet. 

Director Travis Mills has chosen the foundation of baseball, its history and importance in American lives, to tell a story of two men searching for their place in the world while holding onto the game which ties them together. 

Let us tell you about these two characters:

Michael Hanelin as Walt
Michael Hanelin as Walt

Michael Hanelin plays Walt. Once he was a pitcher, now he studies to be a nurse in order to build a stable environment for his daughter... but has the divorce and his absence during her childhood broken their relationship forever? He is seeing a psychiatrist who recommends he let go of baseball once and for all, but it might be the only thing he has left. 

Links: IMDb

Jonathan Medina as Mel
Jonathan Medina as Mel

Jonathan Medina plays Mel. His days of hitting a ball professionally are over and he is trying to be a teacher but sometimes he lives too far on the edge for that world. His relationships with women have all failed; he can't find a person who will be straight forward with him but also give the freedom he needs. Mel is on a path to self-destruction and the game may be his only saving grace. 

Links: IMDb

The Duel

Walt and Mel meet in secret to continue the ritual of baseball. One of them leaves a ball in the other's mailbox, on the other's front door step. Written on the ball: a time and place where they must meet. It's always a different field and on that field they "duel". No team, no audience, Walt on the mound and Mel at the plate. 

The game is their foundation, their therapy, their escape. 

Who's on the team? 

With Duel at the Mound, we return with not only our best actors but also our best crew. 

Travis Mills - Director/Writer

Travis Mills started Running Wild Films in Arizona with playwright/filmmaker Gus Edwards in 2010. Since then he has directed three features and over 80 short films including the 52 Films in 52 Weeks project. 

His passion for creating provocative and powerful stories on screen, paired with his abilities to work with microbudgets has proven a successful combination and he continues to push local film in Arizona to national and international recognition. 

Links: Running Wild FilmsIMDb

James Alire and 5J Media - Sound

James Alire and his company 5J Media has been in collaboration with Running Wild Films for our first four feature films and our 52 Films in 52 Weeks project. 

He has proven to be the most professional production and post audio mixer for film in Arizona and we consider his collaboration on Duel at the Mound to be one of our greatest assets as we set out to make a film that not only "looks" good but with clean, dynamic sound and a powerful soundtrack. 

Links: 5J Media, IMDb

Nick Fornwalt - Director of Photography 

Nick Fornwalt has shot projects all over the world, filming a documentary most recently in Brazil. He also worked as a camera operator on the latest Fast and Furious film. As a director of photography, Nick was introduced to us during the 52 films and we have maintained an incredible creative collaboration. His vision for Duel at the Mound is passionate and he is the one we trust to capture the images for our story. 

Links: Nick Fornwalt Website, IMDb

William Long - Producer

William Long has quickly become a force in the Arizona film industry and a strong hand at Running Wild Films. His planning and producing skills, along with his creative contributions, have proved invaluable during the 52 Films in 52 Weeks project. This will be his first feature film as a producer and we look forward to having him alongside us at the helm. 

Links: IMDb

Marie Slaight - Executive Producer

Co-founder of the original Studio Altaire in Montreal, Marie Slaight has worked in Montreal, New Orleans, and Buenos Aires as a writer, producer and performer of film, theatre and music. Marie is currently the director of Altaire Productions & Publications, a Sydney-based arts production company, which has been involved in creative consulting and co-producing such films as the award-winning documentary Bury the Hatchet, Happy Baby, Kindred and Anna and Modern Day Slavery. 

Links: IMDb

Production and Release Details:

Shoot Dates:

Duel at the Mound begins production on April 21st, 2014. We will complete principal photography on the film in 9 days (with one day off, our "seventh inning stretch"). 

Release:

Duel at the Mound will premier in Phoenix, Arizona in Fall/Winter 2014. 

We are currently in talks with several independent film distributors. We hope to reach a national and international audience mostly online, making this our first film to appear on Netflix, Hulu and other on demand services. 

Risks and challenges

With this film, we will face the difficulty of capturing the game of baseball. It is not easy to film sports in an interesting and realistic way but DP Nick Fornwalt and director Travis Mills are well prepared to not only capture the game but in a fresh way.

We will struggle with locations as this has some of our most difficult ones yet, such as a hospital and a baseball stadium. Producer William Long and Travis Mills are hard at work already at locking these locations.

And we will also face the difficulty of finding distribution for the film once it is complete, however we are already researching and discussing distribution channels and opportunities.

We feel with this film we bring the best of all our work, our most talented cast and crew, to make our most accomplished movie yet.

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