It has been quite a while since I reached out with a progress update about THROW LIKE A GIRL. We ended up going to the Women’s Baseball World Cups in Korea and in Viera Florida because NEW things were happening. As much as we have tried to be finished with filming, when something exciting happens, we just have to be there! Pakistan and India debuted National Teams in Korea in 2016, and then in 2018 the World Cup was held in the United States – for FIRST time. So, of course, we applied for Media Credentials. When two women were hired to play professional baseball by the Sonoma Stompers, we had to be there too.
Fortunately, these stories intersect because these through-lines are what we really need to make a compelling film. When we first started we conducted A LOT of interviews, which are important, but documentary films that SHOW instead of TELL are more effective. Since are striving to changes hearts, minds and a culture, we need to draw people into the story and take them on a journey.
To that end, we’ve decided that the film should mirror real life. I went to Fantasy Camp in 2005, but I didn’t have a good time. It has taken me a while to go back through the footage that was shot then because it was painful to be mocked, teased and ignored when all I wanted to do was live out my dream of being a professional baseball player. The hard lesson I learned was that as a woman in that place and time, I was not even allowed the FANTASY of being a baseball player. So, this is how THROW LIKE A GIRL is going to start – that’s the set-up to give context.
Then in the film, as in real life, I set out on a journey to find other women like me and try to find an answer for why American girls are shut out of American’s National Pastime. This will allow us weave in the interviews from our experts and champions like Justine Siegal, Perry Barber, Debra Shattuck, Barbara Gregorich and more, along with the other events we’ve attended such as the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
The bulk of the film will center on the Dream Team (11-13 year old girls), who played a full USSSA tournament season against the boys. Because we kept up with a number of players, we are able to see how far they are able to go with baseball, and explore how softball figures into the equation.
As luck would have it (for this filmmaker certainly), THREE of those Dream Team girls played in the World Cup for Team USA and Team Puerto Rico. If you are familiar with the iconic film HOOP DREAMS, this kind of unfolding story can be so powerful because one gets drawn into the lives of the people on screen.
We are currently running a Second Kickstarter for Finishing Funds for THROW LIKE A GIRL for the express purpose of hiring Doug Blush, who is an Oscar award-winning editor. Over the past 4 years, he’s worked as a story consultant/producing editor on at last 30 film that have all broken through and had brilliant trajectories on the film festival and awards circuit as well as securing distribution deals. I met him at a filmmaker conference and he in interested in helping us that this film from good and interesting to a must-see event! This fundraiser wraps up tomorrow, Nov. 1 at 11:55am PDT.
You’ve already supported us - some of you more than once - we couldn’t have gotten this far without your help! We do have some terrific new rewards that you might be interested in, so here’s the link just in case. http://kck.st/2NXcXbx
Once this pledge drive wraps up, I’ll be getting back to editing (hopefully full-time). I need to take the 800 hours of footage we’ve collected and cut it into scenes that I think should be in the film. These scenes will become essentially puzzle pieces that I’ll place into an assembly cut, which will probably be about 4 hours long. Then we’ll work with Doug to decide which of those scenes are the best way to show this story and shape the into the finished film which will be able 80 minutes long.
Still a lot of work ahead, but hopefully we’ll make the Kickstarter so we can move toward the finish line faster. If we don’t, I’ll still finish the film, but it will take me longer since I’ll need to try something else to raise the funds – like a holiday second job and keep trying for grants.
Thank you very much for all your encouragement and support over the years. I am really excited to finally finish this film and get it out into the World where it can start changing hearts, mind and a culture!
All the best,
Cami and the whole Throw Like A Girl Team