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August 29, 2013

'42' to lead off Film Festival lineup

With the release of Legendary Entertainment’s landmark film “42” this spring, the worlds of movies and baseball came together for fans across the globe.

Now Cooperstown visitors will have a chance to celebrate producer Thomas Tull’s epic work at the 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame Film Festival. The Film Festival will get under way at 7 p.m.  Friday, Sept. 27 with a screening of “42”, which has earned praise from critics and fans for its portrayal of Jackie Robinson’s groundbreaking path to the big leagues.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will recognize the twin traditions of baseball and film when, for the eighth consecutive year, it hosts the Baseball Film Festival in Cooperstown, Sept. 27-29. Eleven films, with themes ranging from legendary fan Johnny Sylvester to the inspiring play of Beep Ball athletes, will be screened on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27, 28 and 29, as filmmakers and fans celebrate the timeless connection between baseball and the big screen. All films will be shown in the Hall of Fame’s Grandstand Theater and Bullpen Theater.

Tickets for the screening of Film Festival entries, including “42”, are free of charge but limited and must be reserved. Admission to the museum is required for films shown during regular hours. Members can reserve their tickets starting Sept. 9, and any remaining seats will be made available to the general public beginning Sept. 23 by calling the membership department at 547-0397 or visiting the membership desk in the museum.

Films are shown during six blocks throughout the weekend. A complete list of the films to be screened during the weekend includes:

Opening Film

Friday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m., Grandstand Theater

42 (128 min.)

In 1946, Jackie Robinson is a Negro League baseball player who never takes racism lying down. Branch Rickey is a Major League executive with a bold idea. Rickey recruits Robinson to break the unspoken color line as the first modern African-American big league player. As both anticipate, this proves a major challenge for Robinson and his family as they endure unrelenting racist hostility on and off the field, from players and fans alike. As Robinson struggles against his nature to endure such abuse without complaint, he finds allies and hope where he least expects it.

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