Throw Like A Girl is a documentary about women and girls and their love of the game of baseball. Sadly, even today - in the United States of America - these ballplayers face discrimation often resulting in hazing and law suits, just because of their gender.
On August 22, 2010 the USA women’s baseball team won the bronze medal at the 4th International Women’s Baseball World Cup - - and no one knows. My small self-funded independent film crew was the only US media in attendance. Wow, right?
In America, the home of baseball, girls and women still have to struggle everyday in order to just be able to play our National pastime. I am personally bothered that this inequality still exists. So, I am doing what I do when I need to understand something, I’m making a documentary film to explore and understand why - over 60 years after we had a women’s professional baseball league (AAGPBL “A League Of Their Own”), it is still so difficult for women’s baseball to be accepted.
I went to The "Official" Red Sox Fantasy Camp with my Dad to play baseball in 2005. I was the only woman, out of 95 campers - and I had a miserable time. Fortunately, my Dad and I found another Red Sox Fantasy Camp, run by Sports Adventures that we went to in 2007. I was not alone! There were 7 other women playing ball as well. I got hurt, but had a great time! When I came back with a few injuries (broken rib, torn rotator cuff, cleated ankle) from being run over by a base runner while playing 1st. When people would ask me how I got hurt; I’d start to tell them that I was in Florida at Fantasy Camp playing baseball, and they would interrupt me and say, “You mean softball, right?” You’d think they’d think I’d know what sport I was playing, right? But it occurred to me if my own friends couldn’t comprehend that women can and do play baseball, then there has to be a large misunderstanding about women, baseball and softball.
My intention for this film is to start a national - perhaps international - conversation about women and baseball and why we are systematically excluded from our own "National Pastime." This is not a male bashing, fem-nazi type of film for those of you who might be concerned. After all women make up 52% of the USA population, I think if we really wanted to change something, we would, right? I only have the questions and none of the answers at this point. The answers will come from the interviews we conduct, people we meet along the way.
So far, we traveled to Venezuela for the IV Mundial de Beisbol Femenino, were we collected interviews from players, coaches and managers from The Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Japan, South Korea, Cuba, Chinese Taipei, Venezuela, Canada and the USA. And to Memphis TN for the National Youth Baseball Championship; where for the first time, two all-girls baseball teams were invited and who played against each other in exhibition games. Some of these 13 and under ballplayers and their parents tell such heartbreaking stories of the discrimination they still face in 2010 in America and the rejection and alienation they feel just because they want to play a game.
Happily, there are a growing number of teams, schools and communities that support and include women and girls in baseball. Of course I would prefer that anyone from anywhere who wants to play ball is accepted and encouraged to do so, but we aren’t there- yet. The next Women’s Baseball World Cup is in August in Canada in 2012 and we will have the film completed well in advance of that event, so that it can be used as a tool to create awareness for the World Cup and women’s baseball in general.
We are on kickstarter to find additional funds to continue shooting and for post-production. In order to be as comprehensive as we want this film to be, we need to do quite a bit of traveling. In fact, the majority of the funds raised here will go to travel so that we can gather all the interviews we need. If we are over funded, then we will be able to go straight into post-production; editing, color correction, sound mixing, licensing and/or writing and recording music are all essential to create the quality and effective film we envision.
My crew and I have been invited to a women's baseball tournament in Hong Kong in January and to the Cooperstown Hall of Fame and Museum to film a curated tour of the Women in Baseball exhibit made semi-famous by "A League of Their Own." This exhibit is one of the most visited ones at Cooperstown and includes far more artifacts that just those from the AAGPBL. In fact, Chelsea Baker's and Eri Yoshida's jerseys have been added just this year. For those unfamiliar, Chelsea and Eri are both knuckleball pitchers. Chelsea has thrown 2 perfect games this year against boys teams in Little League; and Eri signed a 2010 contract with the Chico Outlaws becoming the first female professional baseball player ever to play professionally in two countries - US and Japan.
It is my hope that, with your support, this film will be able to remove some of the road blocks that are set up in the way of these determined, talented and incredible athletes. After all if you tell a girl she can’t play baseball, what else is she going to think she can’t do?
PS If you prefer, Donations can also be send by check or money order to:
c/o Cami J Kidder
Los Angeles, CA 90035
There is an established procedure for including these contributions in our kickstarter total, if you do not have or do not wish to create an Amazon payments account.