FilmBuff to release sports film with R.A. Dickey and Tim Wakefield from award winning directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg theatrically in New York beginning September 19th.
(New York, NY – July 11, 2012) Digital entertainment curator, FilmBuff will release the definitive documentary about the impossible-to-hit pitch, Knuckleball! nationwide on September 18, 2012. From acclaimed filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (The Devil Came on Horseback; Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work) this heartfelt, funny and deeply engaging film delves into the legendary subculture of the knuckleball and the brotherhood of men who share the drive, imagination and humility to throw baseball’s slowest, unpredictable and most disrespected pitch.
Filmed throughout the 2011 season with extraordinary access from Major League Baseball, the story follows 37 year-old R.A. Dickey (New York Mets, now a 2012 All-Star) and 18-year veteran Tim Wakefield (now retired), the oldest player in the major leagues and an icon of the Boston Red Sox. Knuckleball! details their personal and professional triumphs of the season, while exploring the bond between these two active pitchers and their only allies, the five living retired knuckleballers: Hall of Famer Phil Niekro, Charlie Hough, Wilbur Wood, Jim Bouton and Tom Candiotti. Knuckleball! tells the story of these extraordinary men, and the sacrifices they made to a pitch that would come to define their lives.
The film will be released theatrically in New York at the IFC Center on September 19, 2012 with filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg and R.A. Dickey doing Q&As opening weekend.
Co-produced by Stern and Sundberg’s Break Thru Films, Amelia & Theo Films, How Am I Doing Productions, New Mexico Media Partners and Major League Baseball Productions, Knuckleball! had its world premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.
For more information on additional screenings, please visit the film’s website www.knuckleballmovie.com, connect on Facebook www.facebook.com/knuckleballthemovie or follow the film on Twitter @Knuckleball101.
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