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The 'ETTA EXPRESS is a feature-length documentary about the best-kept secret in sports - Marietta (Ohio) College Baseball.

WHAT'S THE STORY?

When Marietta (Ohio) College won the 2012 NCAA Division III World Series (making two in a row!), it joined a very select group of institutions to win at least 6 NCAA baseball championships. The others are Southern Cal, Texas and LSU in Division I and Florida Southern in Division II.

Our documentary, "The 'ETTA (short for Marietta) EXPRESS," is a behind-the-scenes look at coach Brian Brewer and his staff and players as they go through rigorous preparation for the 2013 season, as well as the way the program develops these true student/athletes for life after college. 

The other four schools to win six NCAA titles are located in the Sun Belt. Marietta gets an average of 20" of snow a year, so it's quite a challenge to field a baseball team that wins and even dominates on the national level. The conditioning alone in the rain, show and slush is inspirational, to say the least.

This film will combine "behind-the-scenes" footage with cinematic photography of picturesque Marietta College, its remarkable baseball program, the alums who share their stories, and the historic town of Marietta, Ohio, that sits at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers in south-central Ohio. The first permanent American settlement in the Northwest Territory, Marietta is named for French queen Marie Antoinette because she aided the American colonists.

WHY IS THIS WORTHY OF A FILM?

This story transcends Marietta College baseball. It's a truly great American story based in a small town in Appalachia, where baseball is played for the love of the game, and players do not receive athletic scholarships. They get a great education and learn hard-working Midwestern values that enable most of them to go on to productive careers in many walks of life.

This story will be interspersed with interviews with former players, including former major league stars such as Kent Tekulve, as well as other players who succeeded in other ways. They'll tell about how their experiences at Marietta prepared them for life after baseball. Many of their stories sound like fiction, but they're all true. 

THE FACTS

Believe it or not, it's mathematically harder to win a national championship in Division III (no athletic scholarships) than it is in Division I (335 schools) or Division II (292), where there are fewer schools playing baseball. There are 446 Division III schools playing baseball, according to the NCAA.

Marietta College hasn't had a losing season in 50 years. The only other school located in Ohio to win an NCAA baseball championship is Ohio State, which won its lone title in 1966. Marietta has won its six championships since 1981 ('81, '83, '86, 2006, '11, '12).

OUR TEAM

What a 1-2 combination to lead this project! Executive producer Gary Caruso and editor, co-director and videographer Mike Eisenberg are both graduates of Marietta College and its baseball program. Gary served two years as a student assistant coach under legendary Coach Don Schaly, and Mike was NCAA Division III Pitcher of the Year in 2006 on Marietta's national championship team. Experienced producer Kailey Brackett will oversee the project and keep the boys' eyes on the ball at all times!

OUR PURPOSE

This compelling documentary will make you laugh and make you cry. It will entertain and inform beyond belief, leaving you to wonder, "Why did it take so long to tell this incredible story!"

KICKSTARTER

This is the largest funding platform in the world for creative projects across many disciplines. In order for us to be funded, we MUST reach at least our goal in the allotted amount of time - 30 days from launch. If we don't meet or exceed our goal in that time, we receive nothing and no contributors are charged. Donors' pledges aren't collected until the goal is reached. We hope to not only reach our goal but to exceed it so that we will have the funds to make the best-possible documentary and get it distributed to the largest-possible audience.

WE NEED YOU!

This film will not be produced if we can't raise the funds. So, please give us your utmost consideration and then pass on the word about us and the kickstarter.com link to your friends, colleagues and connections - anyone interested in helping tell a great story and even seeing their name in the screen credits!

Remember, the holidays aren't far off. Many of our rewards will be ready in time to serve as great gifts for your friends and family! Imagine their delight when they learn their name will be on the screen credits due to your thoughtfulness and generosity. Merchandise we can create upon funding such as logo t-shirts, sweatshirts, baseballs and posters will be mailed in December 2012, as will the book, ticket, stadium print, travel bag and signed Jim Tracy jersey.

Please Twitter the message, "Like" us on Facebook, e-mail this Kickstarter link to let people know about the film and this campaign. E-mail executive producer Gary Caruso at theettaexpress@gmail.com to get more information

HERE'S WHAT YOUR DONATION WILL BE USED FOR (ONCE WE MEET OUR GOAL IN THE TIME ALLOWED)

* Licensing rights to obtain archival footage from various sources.

* Creating and licensing original music.

* Producing a trailer.

* Graphics.

* Marketing and public relations.

* Post-production editing, sound design, and color.

* Embedded camera operator to capture Marietta College Baseball behind-the-scenes.

* Camera equipment rental, as needed. 

* Travel expenses for the production team to film alumni of the baseball program in various locations. 

* Kickstarter and amazon processing fees. 

* Submitting our documentary to film festivals to help gain exposure.

* Selling the film to networks and other outlets. 

* Creating exclusive rewards for donors, plus the postage to ship them.

This is a wonderful story. Please help us tell it the right way for the first time to a wide audience!

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    Limited edition 17 ½" x 20" signed print of Pioneer Park, home of the Marietta College Baseball team until it was renamed in honor of Coach Don Schaly. This print is autographed by ABCA Hall of Fame Coach Don Schaly and by former Pittsburgh Pirates star reliever Kent Tekulve, and it is a true collector's item! Plus all of the above. (International orders $785.)

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    A position in the starting lineup for a special softball game with our crew members and other invited guests from Marietta College and the Marietta community to be played at Don Schaly Stadium in conjunction with the film's premiere (schedule pending; travel & accommodations not included).

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    An 'Etta Express VIP Experience! Lob it or fire it! Throw out the first pitch at an actual Marietta College baseball game of your choice (pending availability) while wearing your own official fitted game cap. VIP seating for two, as many hotdogs and sodas as you and a guest care to consume, and a special PA announcement in your honor. Plus all of the above (schedule pending; travel & accommodations not included).

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    A Kent Tekulve MVP experience at a Pittsburgh Pirates home game at PNC Park, considered by many to be the most beautiful ballpark in the country. This package includes but is not limited to: * Up to 4 seats to a Pirates home game of your choice (pending availability) in the luxurious club level. * A meet-and-greet and a meal (which meal depends on game schedule) with Tekulve, Marietta's most successful baseball product who was on the mound when the Pirates won decisive Game 7 of the 1979 World Series. * A private tour conducted by Tekulve of the ROOT Sports facilities, the TV network that carries Pirates games and where Tekulve serves as a post-game analyst. * Also receive recognition on our film's credits as a Producer. (Travel & accommodations not included).

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