Today is the anniversary of when Jackie Robinson first took the field and broke the color barrier that had kept so many exceptionally talented athletes out of baseball. I am looking forward to day when a woman will break the gender barrier, and baseball will truly be America’s (ALL of America’s) Pastime. We’ve been busy here crafting a documentary that aims to shine a light on the gender inequity that is so pervasive in sport and society, and that showcases the talented women currently playing baseball. What I’ve come to realize in recent months is that we can best accomplish these goals with two separate films. Therefore I’m writing to let all our wonderful backers know what’s been going on, and why the film has taken so much longer to complete than we originally thought it would.
“Throw Like A Girl” will focusing on the young women playing the game today particularly the Baseball For All Sparks and the Dream Team. This film will unfold similarly to “Hoop Dreams,” following the players in detail and they grow and change ultimately revealing their decisions regarding college and athletics. To accomplish this, we need to shoot intermittently over the next few years to capture their whole journey from age 12 to 18.
The new project, “HARDBALL: Playing Left Out” will target the gender bias that still keeps so many women out of the game of baseball, but more importantly it will seek to begin an international conversation about what long lasting effects on society come from keeping 52% of the population off the playing field.
In a few months, we’ll be launching another crowd-funding campaign for finishing funds for HARDBALL. I mention this in case anyone knows anyone who didn’t have an opportunity to make a pledge the first time on the TLAG campaign, but wants to get involved. The International Documentary Association has accepted “Throw Like A Girl” into their fiscal sponsor program. This means that all donations are now tax deductible. I am also applying for grants and labs that will not only help us complete the films, but also raise their profiles. We should be hearing back from the Sundance Documentary Fund in July. Being accepted would be a huge game changer as you might imagine. The target completion date for HARDBALL is mid-September 2014.
Should you have any questions, comments, suggestions, they are always welcome. You can reach me at email@example.com Thank so much for your continued interest and support!
Here are a few short clips if you want to take a sneak peak at some of the work we've been doing.