About this project
Tax deductible donations to GOT BALZ? can be made here, or sent to:
Center for Independent Documentary
680 South Main Street
Sharon, MA 02067
(write "GOT BALZ?" in the memo line)
Ken and I are committed to GOT BALZ? having impact. Please share your ideas on our Facebook page or email us directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• How would you use the film?
• What should be in our educator toolkit?
• What resources would be useful on the film’s website?
• Who should see the film?
• Who would be good partners in our outreach &
• How we can we connect with them?
Thanks for your belief in our work! We won’t fail you.
Marcia & Ken
Thank you so much for checking out Got Balz?--a compelling coming-of- age story for baseball lovers, Cuba-philes, and anyone who remembers how growing up challenges idealism.
Ken and I are completely overwhelmed with the outpouring of support that will make the final editing of GOT BALZ? possible. With all this momentum, we can make it all the way to the Title.
We are THRILLED to reach our goal, and we will need additional support for the FINAL LAB WORK, to create CURRICULUM and WEB materials, and to LAUNCH into the world. You still have time to join the team and make a very valuable contribution!
Inspired by his grandpa's holocaust rescue story and his Bar Mitzvah community service requirement, thirteen-year-old Mica decides to pay back Cuba—with baseballs. Collecting gear from friends and thrift stores proves easy, but the U.S. policy toward Cuba throws him a curve ball. The ninety miles to Havana might as well be a million. As he shifts from high pitched boy to broad shouldered young man, youthful idealism collides with political reality. This charming coming of age story reveals just how big and messy the adult world can be.
What The Film Can Do
We're working with educators to create a film that is fun and inspiring, and can engage young people in deep and relevant conversations about the complexities of social responsibility. When kids see Mica, we hope they see a little bit of themselves. We've been lucky to capture such a personal story on film and are excited by the response it elicits from the young people who've seen the work-in-progress.
In addition to film festivals, art houses, and television, we've got bigger plans for GOT BALZ? Like our successful campaigns with our previous films, we will launch a nationwide engagement campaign aimed at schools, religious groups, youth leadership and philanthropy, including web tools and classroom resources.
How You Can Help
This is a project near and dear to our hearts, so we've happily donated our time and equipment to the project over the past three years. With the help of a few generous funders we traveled to Cuba last spring, and have been editing since on our own time. But we can't finish the film without funding to pay for music, and the final picture and sound work. That's why we're reaching out to you, to help us get to home plate.
Beyond a donation, there are opportunities to play a bigger part on the team.
- Do you have friends or networks that would be interested in this project? Would you send a letter or email to them (we can provide samples) introducing them to the project?
- Do you have ideas about how the film can be helpful? What should be in our educator toolkit? Send us an email and let us know your thoughts!
Who We Are
We are Marcia Jarmel & Ken Schneider, documentary filmmakers for the past 20 years. Our films usually explore contemporary social issues through intimate character stories. We've never made films about our kids before. But this story, unfolding under our noses, was just too compelling not to follow with our camera. Our award-winning films have screened on public television, film festivals, museums, community centers, public libraries, universities, and schools around the world. In addition, Ken ‘s editing work has been recognized with an Emmy, a Peabody, a Columbia-Dupont, an Indie Spirit Award, and top awards at the Sundance Film Festival, and an Oscar nomination. You can see clips of all our films on our website: www.patchworksfilms.net.
Other Ways to Donate
Don't want to use a credit card? Feel free to write a check to our nonprofit sponsor.
- Write a check to: The Center for Independent Documentary.
- Write: GOT BALZ? in the memo line.
- Send it to:
- PatchWorks Films, 663 7th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118
- We'll make sure you get a receipt for your tax deduction, and your rewards! Questions, write to: email@example.com.
In Jewish tradition the number 18 is connected to the idea of "chai"--life. Giving in multiples of 18 brings life to our project!
Curious About Our Rewards?
Check out what we are offering:
(Cover of Charlie Varon performance)
(Cover of Jeff Greenwald "Size of the World" novel)
(Cover of "The John Carlos Story" novel)
(Cover of "Towers of Gold" by Frances Dinkelspiel)
(Cover of Jeff Greenwald's "Scratching The Surface" novel)
(Cover of Tom Miller travel memoir)
(28" x 20" silkscreen poster by Pepe Menendez)
(7x22 archival ink jet print, "Hoops"; Steven Brock, 2007)
("The Medium"; Najib Joe Hakim)
("1946 World Series: Pesky Hesitates"; Mark Ulriksen)
("Gone!"; Mark Ulrisken)
("Bonds Beats Mays"; Mark Ulriksen)
("Your 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants"; Mark Ulriksen)
(Center for Cuban Studies notecards of paintings by Luis Rodríguez Ricardo)
("The Way Of Baseball" by Shawn Green)
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