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Summer at the Movies – Ballplayer: Pelotero

Every summer, after tiring of the beach and the heat, we flock to movie theaters to delight in the relief of air conditioning and a good flick. This Friday, our summer at the movies can take a break from superheroes, talking teddy bears, and pop stars to bear witness to a truly fascinating story brought to you in part by two Tufts alumni.

In their controversial film Ballplayer: Pelotero, Trevor Martin, A08, and Casey Beck, A07, bring us the story of Miguel Angel and Jean Carlo, two excellent Dominican baseball players. The boys are on the brink of turning 16 (the age in which they can be signed to a Major League Baseball farm), which could lead them to the majors.

Martin and Beck along with their crew, spent two years in the Dominican Republic filming and preparing their movie. The film “sheds light on some of the most pressing issues regarding the export of Dominican baseball players to the US: age and identity fraud, exploitation, and the opaque role Major League Baseball plays in determining the fates of young players and their families. However, at heart, the film is a story about two gifted young men with a shared dream, doing their best to navigate a mercenary world with the hopes, fears and burdens of their entire families riding on their success or failure.”

The documentary has received much criticism from the MLB for its controversial topic–the organization itself did not did not cooperate in the making of the film. Martin explains to the Boston Globe, “We took pains not to have the film come across as a heavy-handed indictment […] It’s a complex issue. We leave value judgments up to the viewer.”

To make those judgments yourself, check out Ballplayer: Pelotero this Friday, July 13, at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline. If you’re not in the area, check out the movie’s website for a complete list of showing locations.


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TV and Films and Students, Oh My!

With the option of Tufts admissions videos for prospective students and the enhancement in one’s ability to watch whatever they want, whenever they want, it shouldn’t be surprising that we have some entertainment gurus on campus.

Ben Phelps, A’11, and a current Masters student for Educational Studies, writes about and critiques dozens of television shows on his blog BP on TV. From predictions about the 63rd Emmy Award Show to his five most anticipated fall season shows, Phelps journeys through an eclectic television landscape.

Acting as the other side of the same coin, so to speak,  Erik Leupp, A’12 shows off his cinematic knowledge on FilmBuffet, a blog dedicated to movie reviews. In predicting this to be the most epic movie season ever, Leupp writes,

All of this pales in comparison though to this upcoming fall and winter movie season. This one might be one for the record books. Never before have I seen a film season packing this much of a Hollywood punch. Many of the biggest directors are releasing films and many of the most prominent and talented actors of our time have films coming out. There is the very real potential that this year’s Oscar telecast will be the most star-studded in recent memory. Everyone from Meryl Streep to Brad Pitt to Tilda Swinton to Ryan Gosling to Kate Winslet to Leonardo DiCaprio to Sandra Bullock to Viggo Mortenson have a chance of being nominated

Be sure to follow Phelps on Twitter and like FilmBuffet on Facebook.

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Too Big to Fail

William Hurt, A72, has been nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Mini-series or Movie Emmy Award for his portrayal of former treasury secretary Henry Paulson on HBO’s original film “Too Big To Fail”. This is Hurt’s second Emmy nomination, as he was previously nominated for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work on the show Damages. Check out his bio on the Emmys Website and watch the trailer for the movie below.

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From Farm to Table

On Dec. 14, four Tufts undergraduates will premiere their short documentary on local food, “From Farm to Table.”

A light-hearted look at one of the most important issues affecting Americans today, “From Farm to Table” will open your eyes to the food that’s growing all around you.

[UPDATE: 12/17] Watch the film:

Watch the trailer:

Among the initiatives featured in the film is Tufts’ New Entry Sustainable Farming Project.

You can get updates on the film and details on the premiere by following the filmmakers on Twitter.

The song is “Farm Soundtrack,” an original composition by Ben Anshutz.

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Media Mentor

Micheal Flaherty (A’90), co-founder and president of the film production company Walden Media, recently spoke to the Mentors’ Forum on his experience developing media that has an impact for good.

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