The great Louis Gossett, Jr. will be Executive Producing and narrating the documentary film – SHUT OUT “The Untold Truth About The Negro Baseball Leagues.” The leagues not only helped blur the color lines in a nation torn apart by prejudice, but they inspired dreams in the hearts of young African Americans laying the foundation for today’s black & brown achievers.
“Shut Out” is an examination of black baseball players, coaches and owners, that spawned a bridge and legacy to so many successes in today’s sports, music, entertainment, and political fields.
The film is being produced in partnership with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. On February 13, 2020, the Museum unveiled an amazing new exhibition entitled “Black Baseball in Living Color: The Art of Graig Kreindler.” The exhibit unveiling is the first event of a year-long celebration commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the birth of the Negro Leagues.
PRODUCTION TEAM (From Press Release)
Wrapped Productions has added the muscle of Academy Awards and Emmy Awards winners to the squad in order to complete “SHUT OUT,” which will be narrated by Oscar and Emmy winner Louis Gossett Jr.
Joining the team to direct is Ed Bell, an award-winning filmmaker and animator who contributed to the black cinema classic “Bebe’s Kids.” Bell’s credits include the Emmy-nominated documentary “Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives” on which he collaborated with Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Whoopi Goldberg and Angela Bassett. He worked with Goldberg, Will Smith, Dave Chappelle and Samuel Jackson on the award-winning HBO series “Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child.”
Joining the lineup as a producer and film score composer is Pierce Freelon, the co-founder and host of the Emmy-winning PBS web series “Beat Making Lab.” Freelon is the founder of Blackspace, a digital makerspace for Afrofuturists, and Blackacademics, an online community of young black thinkers. The professor and musician fronts a jazz and hip-hop group.
Four-time Emmy winner Charlie Canfield brings his imaginative animation and design skills to the project. Emmy-winning documentary producer Robert Engelman (“Mister Warmth: The Don Rickles Project”) adds his experience to the team as does Emmy-winning editor and baseball diehard Rick Tuber (“ER”). Seattle Mariners utility player Dee Gordon and former MLB baseball player Juan Pierre are aboard as consultants.
With baseball experience that includes managing the Los Angeles Dodgers (one game) and creating television spots for Major League Baseball and ABC Television, veteran screenwriter Jill Baer is on the roster equipped with writing credits to more than 200 hours of hit primetime episodic television. She serves as a consultant for Warner Brothers, Disney and Universal Studios and has provided script notes for several major motion pictures, including the 2018 Academy Awards winner for Best Original Screenplay, “Get Out!”
Actor and entrepreneur Dale Godboldo joins having portrayed “Dream Team” attorney Carl Douglas in Ryan Murphy’s Emmy, Golden Globes, BAFTA, Critic’s Choice, and NAACP Image Awards-winning miniseries “The People vs. OJ Simpson – American Crime Story.”
Paralleling baseball’s nine innings, “Shut Out will cover nine historical eras spanning from the abolition of slavery through to when Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color line in 1947. The storytelling will take viewers on a compelling and educational journey from slave baseball to the on-field accomplishments of legends such as ace pitcher Satchel Paige and home run slugger Josh Gibson. “SHUT OUT” will also spotlight baseball’s innovation spawned from the Negro Leagues including batting helmets, the screwball and baseball under the lights.
IAPF is so proud of this film’s efforts to help move humanity forward. The film is fiscally sponsored by 501c3 organization From The Heart Productions, which means that you can donate to the project and help the producers bring this important bit history to the world.
Please check out their website and support in any way that you can: www.ShutOutMovie.com