Little League doc 'Long Time Coming' to open at myCinema theatres
In 1955, when racial segregation defined the South, two teams of 12-year-old boys stepped onto a baseball field in a non-violent act of cultural defiance that would change the course of history. Florida’s 1955 Little League State Championship between the all-black Pensacola Jaycees and the all-white Orlando Kiwanis moved beyond fears, threats and the unknown to break with tradition and show the world what was possible—breaking the color line in youth sports.
Featuring interviews with Major League Baseball and Civil Rights icons Hank Aaron, Cal Ripken, Jr., Gary Sheffield, Davey Johnson and Ambassador Andrew Young,
Long Time Coming, directed by first-time feature documentary filmmaker Jon Strong, captures this moment in our nation’s history. The film will open theatrically nationwide on Oct 23, distributed by NAGRA Kudelski Group in myCinema-enabled theatres, timed with the World Series. A special one-night-only screening in New York City featuring some of the original team players will take place on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at the SVA Theatre. For tickets to the event, visit Eventbrite at: http://bit.ly/2PYiVK7. For more information about the film, visit www.longtimecoming.film.
“I wanted to dig into the uncomfortable, real stories that many find difficult to share,” says director Strong. “Black and white children who grew up in the South, now grown men in their 70s—how can we see them, know them and, most importantly, what can we learn from them for our own lives? Through conversation, I wanted to learn the histories, experiences and truths in their lives. What do they have in common? What makes them drastically different? And how do you bridge that gap in the real world, and not just angrily disagree?”
“Long Time Coming shows us the historic context for segregation and sports as a catalyst for the courage to embrace healthy change for the common good,” said producer Ted Haddock.