Saturday, August 23, 2008

Mets fan doc in National Baseball Hall of Fame Film Festival

We're going to Cooperstown. You in?
Mathematically Alive screens at the National Baseball Hall of Fame's 3rd Annual Baseball Film Festival on Sept. 20th at 3PM.

Hall of Fame Film Festival returns Sept. 19-21
20th anniversary celebration of Bull Durham to kick off event
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will recognize the twin traditions of baseball and film when, for the third consecutive year, it hosts a Baseball Film Festival in Cooperstown, Sept. 19-21.

The 2008 Film Festival will be preceded by a salute the night of Sept. 19 to the 20th anniversary of the release of Bull Durham, featuring appearances at the Museum by the film's director-writer Ron Shelton, along with three of the film's actors: Tim Robbins ("Nuke LaLoosh"), Susan Sarandon ("Annie Savoy") and Robert Wuhl ("Larry Hockett"). The 7 p.m. program will feature a moderated discussion with the four participants in the Museum's Grandstand Theater, hosted by nationally renowned movie critic Jeffrey Lyons.

Tickets for the Friday evening Bull Durham anniversary salute will first be available to Museum members beginning Monday, Aug. 25. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and can be purchased in person at the Museum's membership desk or by phone at 607-547-0397. Should any tickets remain following the Members-only purchase period, the general public will be able to purchase tickets for the discussion beginning Monday, Sept. 15.

"We're delighted to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bull Durham, and we are honored to welcome Ron, Tim, Susan and Robert to Cooperstown," said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. "As evidenced by our 'Baseball at the Movies' exhibit, Hollywood's romanticism with baseball has extended the reach of our national game to worldwide audiences for nearly a century through more than 150 films. This 20th anniversary event is all about celebrating the film's impact in a comedic exploration of Minor League Baseball. To partner it with our fledgling Film Festival is a great fit in fulfilling our educational mission."

Several films will be screened on Saturday and Sunday, as filmmakers compete for two awards given at the conclusion of the festival: Best Film and the Award for Baseball Excellence. The list of the films competing for top honors during the weekend includes:

• Gandhi at the Bat by filmmakers Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm, based on an original short story by Chet Williamson
• Fuera De Liga (Dreaming in Blue) by filmmaker Ian Padron
• Base Ball Discovered by filmmaker Sam Marchiano
• Eye on a Dream by filmmaker P.J. Moynihan
• Mathematically Alive: A Story of Fandom by filmmakers Joseph Coburn and Katherine Foronjy
• Cobb Field: A Minor League Day at the Ballpark by filmmaker Craig Lindvahl
• Dummy Hoy: A Deaf Hero by filmmaker David Risotto
• Pitching Man: Satchel Paige - Defying Time by filmmaker Craig Davidson
• Yankee Stadium: The Golden Age by filmmaker Les Krantz

Tickets for the screening of Film Fest entries are free of charge to Museum members, but they are limited and must be reserved by calling the Membership Department at 607-547-0397, beginning August 25. Any remaining seats will open to the general public on site beginning Friday, Sept. 19. Museum guests can then reserve tickets by visiting the Membership Desk located in the Main Lobby of the Museum.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will continue to celebrate baseball in film in 2009 with a 25th anniversary salute to the epic film based on Bernard Malamud's novel, The Natural. Previously, the Museum has saluted such Hollywood classics as A League of Their Own and Pride of the Yankees, featuring appearances by actors from both films at the Museum in Cooperstown.
Saturday, September 20, 2008 - Sunday, September 21, 2008
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For more info check out www.baseballhalloffame.org