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"Girls of Summer" was born out of my own daughter's journey through Little League, which prompted me to ask, “Why are there no girls on the baseball diamond?” I discovered that there have been decades of concerted efforts to keep girls off the big diamond, yet girls keep pushing for the right to play. In my own experience as a parent, I’ve seen that girls and women in baseball face implicit bias, gender stereotyping, and identity limitations that we still assign to women. I've seen firsthand, and heard from countless others, how these cultural biases can clip the wings of our girls’ dreams.

Despite over 100,000 girls playing baseball in youth leagues all across America, the number dwindles to only 1,200 girls playing in high school; at every age, girls who play baseball are still an anomaly. Girls and women who pursue this sport often feel alone in their endeavor, forced to fight a cultural norm when all they really want is to play a game they love. They almost always play on all-boys teams, and frequently have to explain, “I know what sport I play, and it’s not softball. I play baseball.” Every one of the players we've interviewed dreamed of playing professional baseball, but each one had to face reality; currently, there is little room for women in US baseball. Through our film, we hope to make that room bigger.

With your contribution, we'll do that.

We've filmed over 30 days and shot hundreds of hours of footage and followed stories of female players from all across the United States and the world. It's time for us to finish - to weave the stories together in the editing room and deliver this movie to audiences. With your contribution, we'll get there. We're on the home stretch and your contribution will get us there.

"Girls of Summer: Big Diamond Dreams" follows members of the US Women’s National Team on their journey from National Team tryouts to the Women’s Baseball World Cup in South Korea in September, 2016. On this backbone hang the stories of girls who had extraordinary support from their communities, as well as the stories of girls who were told they were unwelcome, no matter how impressive their stats. We explore the stories of women who played decades ago, and those of girls played today who are working to build a future for themselves in this sport. And we witnessed a major breakthrough - MLB hosted their first ever tournament for girls, the Trailblazer Series, which ended with these young athletes being honored on the field at Dodger Stadium on Jackie Robinson day.

As a family-friendly film, this underdog story will spark important conversations in homes and schools that can be transformed into direct actions – actions that promote equality in athletics, empower girls to follow their dreams, and inspire boys and men to be allies for the girls and women around them. 

Let's show America, and the world, what girls can do on the big diamond when they have our full support.    

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Risks and challenges

While every project has its hidden land mines, "Girls of Summer" is now in its home stretch. After filming for over 30 days, we have a beautiful and powerful story unfolding. Our biggest challenge at this point is to run a successful Kickstarter campaign focused on funding post-production. Once we can hire our editor on full-time, we can quickly bring in the other finishing elements of the film and make our successful run to home plate.

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    Digital, hi-res stills from filming (including our cinematographer's personal series of Matthew's most unflattering moments), plus a social media/website shout-out. You'll get some epic photos, as well as some guaranteed to make you laugh.

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    Fielder's Choice

    Your choice of ONE of these limited edition signed books (plus previous perks):

    "The Girl Who Struck out Babe Ruth" by author and storyteller Jean L.S. Patrick. Great for young readers, and adults will appreciate it, too!

    "Women's Baseball" by John Kovach, author, archivist, historian, and the founder of the John Kovach Collection of Baseball Images. Full of incredible images of women's baseball.

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    Digital access to the final movie - plus all previous digital rewards!!

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    The Jackie Robinson

    Limited edition Girls of Summer #42 poster plus the exclusive video of the interview and talk by Sharon Robinson, Jackie's daughter, and previous digital rewards.

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    Your name in the credits of themovie, digital access to the finished movie, the director's commentary and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. Plus all the previous digital rewards.

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    Exclusive access to our "Best of" selections from talks and interviews, plus the movie! You'll also get all the digital rewards previously mentioned.

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    Pep Talk (LIMITED TIME ONLY)

    Personal video feedback from a World Cup Team coach or a USWNT player. You'll send us a video of your hitting, pitching, etc, and you'll get one back from a pro with a pep talk and tips on technique. Only available until Saturday, June 11 at 4pm (PST), plus you get all the previous digital perks. Hustle to the dugout!

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    Home Run

    Your choice of ONE of these limited edition signed books from authors featured in the movie (plus previous perks). Get 'em while they're hot off the press!

    "Bloomer Girls: Women Baseball Pioneers" by author and scholar Debra A. Shattuck.

    "The All-American Girls After the AAGPBL: How Playing Pro Ball Shaped Their Lives" by Kat Williams, author, scholar, and president of the International Women's Baseball Center.

    "Stolen Bases" or "A Game of Their Own" by Jennifer Ring, PhD.

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    • Limited edition Girls of Summer #42 poster
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    Signed Blu-ray/DVD of the finished film, plus all the other goodies listed above (excluding signed book).

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    See your name on the silver screen as a "Bronze Medal Sponsor", plus VIP tickets to a screening, plus all previous perks (excluding signed book).

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    See your name in lights as a "Silver Medal Sponsor", enjoy lunch with us (our treat), plus VIP tickets to a premiere and/or festival screening, and all previous perks (excluding signed book)

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    Become a Gold Medal sponsor and you'll be credited as such. Plus, we'll treat you to dinner and get you VIP tickets to a premiere or a festival screening near you. BAM! You'll also get all previous perks (excluding signed book).

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    Associate Producer

    Associate Producer Credit. Yup, a big league credit plus dinner with us where you can ask us all your filmmaking questions, and you get VIP tickets to a premiere or festival screening and all the other good stuff (excluding signed book).

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    Co-Executive Producer

    Join the film as a Co-Executive Producer and get a film credit, PLUS we cook you dinner (we're both awesome cooks), and you get all of the cool stuff listed above, including a signed book! You'll be joining the Girls of Summer Hall of Fame we've built in our gratitude-filled hearts.

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    Executive Producer

    Become an Executive Producer on the film and we'll treat you to a leisurely and delicious home-cooked meal full of great food and awesome conversation. And you can choose any of the other incentives you want, yo. You're the Exec Producer!

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    • Executive Producer film credit
    • We cook you dinner in LA! (travel/lodging not included)
    • VIP movie tickets (transportation/lodging not included)
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Funding period

- (26 days)