The best in sports documentaries. Curated by Sylvia Savadjian
U.S. Theatrical Premiere
Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin and Jon Paley, 2011, 73 min.
July 13th to 19th at 7:30pm except Sunday July 15th, playing at 2:00pm. ONE WEEK RUN!
This compelling documentary narrated by John Leguizamo is a gritty and never before seen look inside the world of Major League Baseball (MLB) training camps in the Dominican Republic. For 16-year-old Dominican baseball players such as Miguel Angel and Jean Carlos, the only real chance to escape crushing poverty comes on July 2nd, the day they become eligible to sign professional baseball contracts. Pelotero provides an intimate portrait of two prospects as they navigate the calculating, mercenary and often corrupt elements that surround Major League Baseball’s recruitment of the Island’s top talent. Filmmakers Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin and Jonathan Paley take you inside this never before seen world for an up close and personal look at the cost of the American dream. Executive produced by former ballplayer and Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine.
Friday, July 13th: Post-screening Q&A with Co-Director Ross Finkel.
Saturday, July 14th: Post-screening Q&A with Co-Directors Ross Finkel and Trevor Martin, followed by a reception.
Wednesday, July 18th: Pre-Screening Maysles Cinema Members’ reception at 6:30pm.
Thursday, July 19th: Post-screening Q&A with Co-Director Jon Paley.
“What gives Pelotero its edge is a nexus of corruption, exploitation and betrayal that transforms this well-shot, cannily edited item to an engrossing expose.”
“It’s an important – and captivating – movie for baseball fans; it also delivers more tension and a stronger narrative arc than most documentaries, which makes it more than palatable for those who aren’t baseball lovers.”
– Bison Messink of OlogySports
“…a documentary film that promises a gritty and never before seen look inside the world of Major League Baseball (Mlb) training camps in the Dominican Republic.”
-Tambay A. Obenson of ShadowAndAct
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