Although many stories are still whispered at ballparks across the region, never before has there been an exhausted research documentary project about the Sulphur Dell legacy. "Sulphur Springs Bottom" was the name given to Nashville's recreational area after the city became Tennessee's capitol. During the Civil War it was where Union soldiers first taught Nashville citizens how to play the "northern game" of baseball. In 1870 the area was referred to as Athletic Park, and in 1885 it became the home of Nashville's first professional baseball team, the Americans, in the newly-formed Southern League. Director, Executive Producer and Writer Joshua Maxwell, is an avid baseball enthusiast and researcher, award winning documentary producer and has spent 17 years in the media industry. In 2012 he co-authored, “The Kitty League: Images of Baseball and in 2015 released “The Kitty League: Hometown Heroes” documentary which has been nominated for a Kentucky Historic Society Award and is scheduled to screen in film festivals across the country as well as being broadcast on Kentucky Education Television in the fall of 2015. Executive Producer, Skip Nipper has been a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) since 2002, serving on SABR’s BioProject, Ballpark, and Minor League committees. He is a member of the Nashville Old Timers Baseball Association. In 2002, he began www.sulphurdell.com, highlighting the history of Nashville’s famous ballpark. The documentary connects the audience to these historic stories with interviews from historians, players, fans, family members and supporters of the league. The team is very meticulous with the audio and video elements used in the documentary. Every production element relates the region. From the trains that passed through carrying players and fans and video elements such as scenery and other extra footage are from the research travel schedule. The team has collected amazing stories about the park and players that visited. From Babe Ruth refusing to play in right field to the ballpark being nicknamed "Suffer Hell" because of the fielders who had to navigate the treacherous outfield. NPT did a wonderful job several years ago with a series of stories about Sulphur Dell. This documentary takes that work a step forward taking the audience on a journey through time in Nashville and how the league was affected by national events. The documentary, Sulphur Dell: Americas Most Famous Park will truly bring this story to life.
Risks and challenges
The documentary will premiere in Nashville, Tennessee in July of 2016. The 55 minute documentary will be available on DVD, sent to NPT for broadcast as well as film festivals across the country.
Joshua Maxwell has successfully completed a Kickstarter funded documentary this past year and knows the ups and downs of a documentary project such as this one. The team does not see any setbacks to finish the project in the time allotted.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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