|Young Micah and his Grandpa: Two Heroes to
know and love in “Havana Curveball”
Back in 2012, I found one great baseball story. As you know, this blog is about the stories behind the signatures.
|(Photo copyright and courtesy of Patchworks Films)|
I’m pleased to say that last week’s appeal to help fund Got Balz? made a difference. Patchworks Films met their $40,000 fundraising goal, thanks to you.
Part of my fascination in the upcoming documentary is in Cuban baseball. The team’s roster is filled with major league-quality talent. Ironically, few people in America might know who these gifted players are.
I asked filmmaker Marcia Jarmel about one picture on their website, as well as what autographing she saw in Cuba.
“Our boys are Jaden Jarmel-Schneider (the 11 year old) and Mica Jarmel-Schneider (the 15 year old). The player [signing] is Yonder Martinez, one of Cuba’s best pitchers.
“From what I observed as we filmed in the dugout before the playoff game, the players seemed to see our boys as fans, not American fans. They were happy to sign and accept “buen suerte” (good luck!).”
Also, I wanted to know if we’d see any known baseball faces in the documentary.
“The film itself features Cuban greats, but not any U.S. players, but we are hoping we might still get some U.S. players involved with the project. We shall see if any of the irons we have in the fire pan out.
With the funding we’ve garnered so far, Ken [husband and partner Ken Schneider] and I will be able to finish editing the film this summer. There is still a need for support to cover the final lab work and to pay for music rights for the fabulous sound track we’re planning. So absolutely, people can still get involved. For anyone interested, the can go directly to our website and donate there: www.gotbalzfilm.info.”
Coming Wednesday: Pitcher Pat Neshek talks autographs and cards!
|Rosen has retained that
crisp, tight autograph!
Here’s a bit of “breaking news” from filmmaker Marcia Jarmel at PatchWorks Films.
“I saw your blogpost and thought you might be interested in our current film project (Got Balz?), which tells a different kind of baseball story: http://kck.st/gotbalz. I thought some of your readers might be interested in the Hebrew Hammer “Al Rosen” signed baseballs we are giving to the project’s backers.”
There’s much more than Rosen baseballs available. Jarmel and partner Ken Schneider have great autographs and other baseball memorabilia available to those who’ll help make their film into a reality.
Check out their www.kickstarter.org page. Their funding deadline is Wednesday. When I wrote this, they were less than $800 away from reaching their goal (with just 23 hours remaining). A documentary film about a 13-year-old American wanting to help Cubans get needed baseball equipment? I’m in! I hope you might be, too. Every dollar matters.