Bad Hombres

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TYPE
: Documentary
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Production

LOGLINE

As Donald Trump calls for building walls, a unique pro baseball team is defiantly knocking them down.

SYNOPSIS

While Donald Trump takes power on promises to build a massive border wall, a pro baseball team has begun playing home games on both sides of the Rio Grande. The world's only binational sports team refuses to let any walls break decades of shared cultural, economic and familial ties.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

I’ve spent the past 25 years reporting on issues related to immigration, the border, and the US-led war on drugs, while both living and working across Latin America. This moment we’re now in, in which a US president is trying to drive a literal and figurative wall through centuries of communal history, brings many themes of my work together into a pivotal, historic moment. The sheer volume of daily reports coming from the Mexican border and factual coverage coming from news organizations each day often just flicks at the people most impacted by the current crisis and fails to tell their personal stories. Instead flooding the public with abstract data, policy and politics, this documentary will offer a flesh-and-blood alternative: A character-driven narrative that will cut through the cacophony of this daily churn of news and commentary to connect with viewers at a visceral and emotional level. Its focus: a team whose identity is defined by its binationality. The fact that it’s a team of Mexican and American players joined in what’s somewhat anachronistically known as “America’s pastime” makes Los Tecos a parable for the interconnectedness Mexico and the US, particularly at the border. And the timing is ripe. The best way to counter demagoguery being spewed from the largest bully pulpit in the world is through an intimate and character-driven story that shows, warts and all, the complicated but true relationship between two longstanding neighbors.

KEY CREW

Andrew Glazer - Director
: Andrew Glazer is an Emmy award-winning journalist, documentary filmmaker and investigative reporter. Until founding Mission Critical Productions in 2018 (and becoming an IFP Media Center fellow), he led the The New York Times video unit producing high-profile news and feature short-form documentaries; was senior producer on the team that launched VICE News; and spent seven years as a director/writer/producer for iconic reporter Dan Rather at his weekly cable news magazine, Dan Rather Reports. He’s been nominated for three News & Docs Emmys and won in 2010 for a 30-minute film revealing how Iran had evaded US sanctions. Before that, he was a staff writer for The Los Angeles Times, the Herald News of New Jersey, The Record of New Jersey and The Associated Press in Los Angeles. He’s also written articles for The New York Times and the Red Bulletin, and taught short narrative documentary films at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Stephen Robert Morse - Producer

Stephen Robert Morse was nominated for a 2017 Primetime Emmy Award for producing AMANDA KNOX, one of the most-viewed Netflix Originals of all time. Since then, Stephen directed/produced/wrote the critically acclaimed EUROTRUMP, a film that enabled him to get unprecedented access to Geert Wilders, the Dutch right wing politician who lives behind 24/7 security protection due to threats on his life from ISIS. The film was acquired by Hulu, VICE, national broadcasters and had a European theatrical run after playing at Sheffield Doc Fest, DOC NYC, and CPH:DOX.

Stephen also Executive Produced FREEDOM FOR THE WOLF about the global threats to liberal democracy, winner of the 2018 Audience Award at the Slamdance Film Festival. He is now directing and producing a documentary, SOUTHERN GOTHIC, about the 1983 murder of Timothy Coggins in Spalding County, Georgia. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a MBA from the University of Oxford. He is the Managing Director of OBSERVATORY, a company he launched in 2016 to focus on lean filmmaking.

 

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