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39 Ghost Player
Relive the Magic


Suzie & joe naperville_thumb

Overview

Genre

Culture, Docutainment, Biography, History, and Sports

Synopsis

A collage of formats from over 600 hours of home and professional video taken since 1989 is skillfully crafted to tell the stories of the “Ghost Players”

GHOST PLAYER is a one-hour documentary that chronicles the adventures and misadventures of a boisterous and unlikely team of middle aged baseball players. In 1989, Hollywood went to Iowa to shoot the movie “FIELD of DREAMS”. Little did anyone know this blockbuster would spawn a comedic baseball show starring local ballplayers that would have an 18 year run and travel the world.

As a production assistant for the traveling team, Joe Scherrman would grab his camera to record moments of the adventures. He was capturing a unique part of American culture without realizing that the footage would be considered historically significant. His collection of over 600 hours is being archived and preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Treatment

Show treatment

Stage

finished

Running time

46, 56 or 64 minutes

Links

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Credits

Joe Scherrman ... Director/Producer

Production Details

Prod. Co.

DreamCatcher Production

Country

United States

Production years

Started filming in 1989 as a video travelog. Started final interviews in 2008 and 2009

Locations

Japan, Iowa Field of Dreams, Cuba, Europe, South Pacific islands

Prod. Partners

Metro Studios Associate Producer/Editor Aaron Spears Aaron began his career in Broadcast Television in 1996 at WSIU and graduated from Southern Illinois University. With a background that includes a variety of production skills including script writing, camera operation, directing and graphic design his true talent & passion lies within the world of video editing. While currently working within the Final Cut Studio 2 Musical Score Gerard Estella Gerard has toured extensively worldwide as a musician/audio engineer with acts as diverse as Sting, the Grand Ole Opry, Michelle Branch, Styx, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Phil Collins and numerous others.

Distribution Details

Release year

2009

Festivals

Naperville Independent Film Festival, Cooperstown NY, National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum Film Festival

Awards

2009 Wild Rose Film Festival Winner Best of Iowa, Certificate of Distinctive Achievement, Finalist Best Feature, Finalist Best Editing; Finalist-Best Documentary Naperville Film Festival 9-21-09; Finalist Best Documentary Cooperstown;

Distribution

Self

Broadcast (Acq.)

Iowa Public TV-non-exclusive, Wisconsin Public TV-nonexclusive

Language

English

Subtitles

ONE PART BASEBALL TWO PARTS VAUDVILLE, BEYOND THE CORN, THE TEAM. THE TIMES. THE HISTORY.