Playacommunity received an email from David Mandel producer of Indestructible: Baseball on the Isthmus. David and Eric Soussainin (filmmaker) are fundraising to complete the film’s final production stage. In order to do so they have launched a 30 day Kickstarter campaign. Kickstarter is an online system where one can make donations towards the funding of creative projects. Kickstarter funds a wide variety of creative endeavors, documentary filmmaking being one of them. After watching Indestructible: Baseball on the Isthmus' Kickstarter video, it became strikingly clear that the story these guys are trying to tell is one worth sharing.
INDESTRUCTIBLE: BASEBALL ON THE ISTHMUS - PRESS RELEASE
New York, NY (October 1, 2012) - At a time when so many Latin-American nations are exporting countless major league baseball stars, Panama -
the first in the region to play the game - has been unable to follow suit. Filmmaker Eric Soussanin explores the rich history of a nation that has spent nearly 160 years playing baseball, and uncovers the decline that took Panama from a baseball powerhouse to a has-been on the world stage in his feature-length documentary INDESTRUCTIBLE: BASEBALL ON THE ISTHMUS.
Soussanin was awarded a Fulbright grant in 2009, and spent a year living in Panama researching the history of the sport. What began as strictly an historical documentary quickly lead to some startling discoveries: a nation's baseball in crisis; under-funded little leagues; and baseball being used as a political tool in Panama.
"I knew immediately that I had found a story that I wanted to tell," says Soussanin. "I began making personal connections with those in the Panamanian baseball community, including several former Major Leaguers who had come back to their homeland." Suddenly the picture became clearer: the game of baseball was at a critical point in its existence and in danger of total collapse. Consequently, a grassroots "baseball revolution" was underway in Panama, led by two former major leaguers, Omar Moreno and Olmedo Saenz. The goal of this revolution was simple: to see Panamanian baseball once again rise.
"I consider myself a pretty die-hard baseball fan, and even I was surprised at what I found. I knew baseball fans around the world would want to see how these players were working to rescue the game in their country." The film includes interviews with renowned current and former major league baseball players like Omar Moreno, Olmedo Saenz, Hector Lopez, Bruce Chen, Candy Maldonado and Elias Sosa, as well as scouts, coaches, sportcasters and instructors in both Panama and the US.
Working with producer David Mandel (Drift, Pasadena), the filmmakers are launching a 30 day Kickstarter campaign to help raise funding to finish the film. Mandel says, "Kickstarter has become a great launch-pad for independent films like ours. We have a strong audience of baseball fans around the world who are eager to support us through these final stages of post-production, and who want to see the finished film.