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Posted December 31, 2010 by publisher in Cuban Sports

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Press Release from PatchWorks Films

We want to fill you in about our progress this year——Mica’s with his effort to send baseball gear to kids in Cuba——and ours, with Got Balz?.

First Mica’s work ... not withstanding the U.S. embargo of Cuba and his inability to ship via U.S. post office, UPS, Fed Ex, or DHL, Mica managed to send eight boxes of bats, gloves, balls, a full catcher’s set, some assorted accessories, and even a set of bases with Pastors For Peace, an organization that runs humanitarian caravans to Cuba each summer.

Last month, we were delighted to learn that not only did the gear arrive safely in Havana, but it was distributed to youth baseball teams across Cuba. Mica is continuing his efforts, collecting more gear, and reaching out to his Senators for help in obtaining a license to deliver the rest of the equipment in person this spring.

On our end, we’ve put together a trailer about the film project. We’re grateful for our first two grants-from the Lucius Eva Eastman Fund and the San Francisco Foundation——to support a trip to Cuba this spring. There Mica will have a chance to see the place where his grandfather found refuge after fleeing Vienna in 1941, explore Jewish Cuba, and perhaps even have the chance to play ball. Of course we will document it all.

As you can imagine, to date our efforts have been a labor of love. We are very proud of Mica’s work, and hope it will inspire young people to consider how they may contribute to tikkun olam——mending the world. To finish the film, though, we’ll need support from individuals and foundations who share our vision.

Here’s how you can help: if you can connect us with people who might fund our film, please let us know. And, if you have resources to support our work yourself, please consider a tax-deductible donation. You can make them at Got Balz or through our fiscal sponsor:

The Center for Independent Documentary
680 South Main Street
Sharon, MA 02067
(Please write “Got Balz?” donation” in the memo line)

Marcia Jarmel
Patchworks Films

  1. Follow up post #1 added on May 10, 2012 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    The producers are in the final phase of the filmmaking and have sent me this information:

    Thirteen-year-old Mica is on a mission to send baseballs to Cuba—an act of thanks for sheltering his grandfather during the Holocaust.

    Collecting balls and bats seems easy, until he’s thrown a curve ball. Youthful idealism collides with U.S. policy—and family history—in this charming coming-of-age story that asks: what does it take to do good in the world?

    Award-winning husband and wife team, Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider, of PatchWorks Films have been making and distributing documentaries exploring contemporary social issues through intimate character stories since 1994.

    Their films have screened on public television, and at film festivals, museums, community centers, public libraries, universities, and schools around the world. In addition, Ken ‘s editing work has been recognized with an Emmy, a Peabody, a Columbia-Dupont, an Indie Spirit Award, and top awards at Sundance, along with an Oscar nomination. You can see samples of all our work at http://www.patchworksfilms.net .

    Got Balz? is a project of the nonprofit Center for Independent Documentary http://www.gotbalzfilm.info .

    Watch the trailer at: http://kck.st/gotbalz

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