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A feature documentary about the mighty history and uncertain future of baseball in Panamá, and those who are trying to save it. Read more

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A feature documentary about the mighty history and uncertain future of baseball in Panamá, and those who are trying to save it.

New York, NY Documentary
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Currently in the late stages of post-production, ¡Indestructible!: Baseball on the Isthmus is a documentary film about the mighty history and uncertain future of baseball in the Republic of Panamá, and those fighting to recapture the sport from the grips of crisis.

At a time when so many Latin-American nations are exporting Major League stars, Panamá - the first in the region to play baseball - has been unable to follow suit. A founding member of the Caribbean Series, and once home to powerful teams owned by General Electric, Spur Cola and Marlboro Cigarettes amongst others, Panamá has seen its baseball fall on hard times. Since the dissolution of its professional league more than 40 years ago, Panamanian "béis" has slowly and steadily declined in both its world status, and its presence in the Major Leagues. 

Now a government-run institution, the sport is marred by political squabbling, under funding, disorganization and scandal, often failing to meet the needs of those that count on it the most. Top-flight prospects and little-leaguers alike suffer in its chaotic wake. The very baseball system that produced legends like Rod Carew, Héctor López, Carlos Lee, Mariano Rivera, and many Negro League stars, has been described by one journalist as "on life support".

Recently, though, a new wave of baseball leadership has emerged on the Isthmus. Led by the former Major Leaguers Omar Moreno and Olmedo Sáenz, this "baseball revolution" is dedicated to seeing a change in the Panamanian game, so that it may once again rise to its former status as a powerhouse in Latin-America.

Flanked by Latin-American sports luminaries, the former major leaguers Olmedo Sáenz (bottom row, left) and Omar Moreno (bottom row, third from left) host a panel discussion on the state of Panamanian baseball.
Flanked by Latin-American sports luminaries, the former major leaguers Olmedo Sáenz (bottom row, left) and Omar Moreno (bottom row, third from left) host a panel discussion on the state of Panamanian baseball.

Packed with interviews from Panamanian Major Leaguers, journalists and sportscasters, this film examines baseball's relationship with the people of Panamá, and attempts to answer the question: Is baseball on the Isthmus truly INDESTRUCTIBLE?

Starring:

Héctor López, Omar Moreno, Olmedo Sáenz, Bruce Chen, Candy Maldonado, David Salayandía, Elías Sosa, Sherman Obando and many more!

Please be sure to follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook to help spread the word!

As an added bonus, anyone who donates $5 or more will receive video updates featuring footage from the film, here on Kickstarter!

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    Special Thanks on the film's website, www.panamabaseballmovie.com, and sneak preview clips of the film posted here on Kickstarter.

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    Special Thanks on the website, plus a digital download of the full movie once it's released.

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    A limited-edition 8x10 production still of the film signed by the filmmakers, plus the DVD, digital download, and special thanks. (International orders please add $5)

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    An exclusive autographed baseball, signed by one of the current or former Major League Baseball players in the film, plus the 8x10 still, DVD, digital download and special thanks. (International orders please add $5)

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    2 tickets to the World Premiere of the film at the Panama Canal Museum in Panama City. Plus the exclusive autographed baseball, the 8x10 still, DVD, digital download and special thanks.

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    Associate Producer credit in the film and on all press and marketing materials. 2 tickets to the World Premiere of the film at the Panama Canal Museum in Panama City. Plus the exclusive autographed baseball, the 8x10 still, DVD, digital download and special thanks.

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    Co-Producer credit in the film and on all press and marketing materials. 2 tickets to the World Premiere of the film at the Panama Canal Museum in Panama City. Plus the exclusive autographed baseball, the 8x10 still, DVD, digital download and special thanks.

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    Executive Producer credit in the film and on all press and marketing materials. 2 tickets to the World Premiere of the film at the Panama Canal Museum in Panama City. Plus the exclusive autographed baseball, the 8x10 still, DVD, digital download and special thanks.

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