Will have its World Premiere at the upcoming
Hamptons International Film Festival this October
Directors, Jonathan Paley, Ross Finkel & Trevor Martin as well as
Producers, Bobby Valentine & Andrew Muscato
Narrated by John Leguizamo, PELOTERO tells the story of young Dominican baseball
players in the running for the Major Leagues.
Each year, a handful of Dominican players, almost always from low-income families, are selected to begin their careers in the United States. That invitation comes with a signing bonus and the promise of a secure future for their families. The system, however, is flawed. A must-see for fans of baseball, PELOTERO tells the story of two of the nation’s most talented hopefuls, and their long, rocky road towards achieving their dreams.
PELOTERO provides an intimate portrait of two young prospects as they navigate the calculating, mercenary and often corrupt elements that surround Major League Baseball's recruitment of the island's top talent.
The central question behind PELOTERO is a simple one: Why are Dominicans so good at baseball? The tiny island nation is consistently overrepresented in the Major Leagues, and as America’s pastime continues to globalize, every year brings a fresh crop of young Dominican Peloteros to the top levels of the game.
PELOTERO 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.
Screenings at HIFF
Saturday, October 15th | 5:15pm @ UA Theater
Sunday, October 16th | 4:30pm @ UA Theater