Ghost Town to Havana


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Film | Sunday, Apr 15, 2018 | 4:00 PM | $7

Ghost Town to Havana

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Ghost Town to Havana is a street level story of mentorship and ordinary, everyday heroism in tough circumstances. An inner city coach’s son, estranged in his youth from his father, spends five years on ball fields in inner city Oakland and Havana, following the lives of two extraordinary youth baseball coaches: Nicolas Reyes, a 61 year old Afro-Cuban who coaches in a Havana neighborhood that is rich in community but struggling desperately economically, and Roscoe Bryant, a 46 year old African-American man who coaches in a troubled Oakland neighborhood wracked by three decades of gang violence.

The filmmaker introduces the coaches on videotape and Coach Roscoe vows he will take his players to Cuba to play Nicolas’ team one day.

Two years of US/Cuba sanctions and red tape later, Coach Roscoe and 9 players fly to Havana to play Coach Nicolas’ team. For the next week, the boys and coaches eat, dance, swim, argue, tease, and play baseball together. The wary, street-smart, Ghost Town boys gradually warm to the fun-loving friendship of their Afro-Cuban hosts. Baseball! Girls! Fun! Real friendships form. Then Roscoe receives a fateful phone call from home. Right fielder Chris Fletcher’s stepfather has been murdered on an Oakland street. Ghost Town to Havana is contemporary in content but as old as the Greeks thematically: the human struggle to wrestle life from death.

This screening will be General Admission and seating is first-come, first served. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Patron Services team by emailing info@blackrockcenter.org, or calling 240-912-1058. See our full list of ticketing policies here.

Interested in taking a group to see the film? Groups of ten or more get a discount. Call Patron Services at 301.528.2260 or email info@blackrockcenter.org to take advantage of this offer.

About the Director: 

Eugene Corr (Producer/Director) has broad experience in both fiction and non-fiction filmmaking.   He wrote and co-directed the documentary Waldo Salt:  A Screenwriter’s Journey, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award in 1991.   He also wrote and directed the dramatic feature film, Desert Bloom (Jon Voight, AnnaBeth Gish) 1986 (Selection Officelle, Cannes Film Festival).

In addition, Corr has worked as a second unit director on major motion pictures, written or co-written dramatic features, and written for TV.  He has directed episodic television, including such shows as: Crime Story, Miami Vice, Shannon’s Deal, I’ll Fly Away, and Arli$$.  He has also directed television commercials for Chelsea Pictures, NYC.  Most recently he co-wrote, with Edwin Dobb, the documentary, Butte, America for Pamela Robert’s Rattlesnake Productions.

In July 2007, Corr began shooting Ghost Town to Havana in Oakland and Havana, following the lives of two youth baseball coaches, Roscoe Bryant and Nicolas Reyes.   Corr’s father was a legendary baseball coach in Richmond, California, for 40 years.

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On Screen/In Person is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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