Cameron Park-Shingle Springs made Film to Premiere
Local Cameron Park-Shingle Springs film producers Hal Young and Nathan Kaufman will premiere their feature film the Menoza Line 11:30 a.m. May 4 at the Sacramento International Film Festival.
The film takes place in the world of minor league baseball and was shot in Marysville. The main character of the movie is a young Latino who is a “Dreamer” and immigration issues are addressed in the film.
Here is the link to the trailer: https://vimeo.com/85196700
The pair’s Website is http://www.themendozalinemovie.com/.
Writer/director and co-producer of The Mendoza Line.
He has a B.A., in Cinema from the University of Southern California and a law degree from the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific. After 8 years in the practice of law with emphasis on intellectual property (including copyright, trademark and entertainers/artists contracts) he worked in Hollywood as the production specialist for the California Film Commission. He later returned to the Sacramento area to begin his own production company; producing four critically acclaimed sports documentaries: High School Football – Passing Dreams, a 90 minute documentary on the football rivalry of a mostly minority inner city high school in Sacramento and a middle class rural high school 60 miles away in Grass Valley/Nevada City; Winterball , a 60 minute documentary on the experiences of major and minor league ballplayers who travel to Venezuela in the off-season; A Scout’s Life , a profile of a contemporary baseball scout along with the history and legends of the profession and Minor Leagues/Major Dreams a feature length documentary on the life of minor league ballplayers in the Class A California League concentrating on the Visalia Oaks of the Minnesota Twins farm system. Minor Leagues/Major Dreams was named by Entertainment Weekly as one of the best 100 documentaries ever produced and won the Spirit Award, Classics category at the 1997 International Sports Film and Video Festival.
Co-producer of The Mendoza Line.
He has an extensive financial background as Chief Financial Officer at Brecek and Young Advisors over a 13 year period. Brecek and Young won several awards including being chosen as one of the ten most admired companies in the Sacramento area by Comstock Magazine. BYA was also awarded the Arthur Anderson Best Practice Award. Hal has a strong background in baseball; playing baseball at the division 1 level for the San Diego State University Aztecs in the early 70′s and coaching at the high school and college levels for over 25 years. He received his Master of Arts degree at California State University at Sacramento.
Coffee is big business in Chiapas, Mexico. It is also an area where baseball is even more popular than soccer. When coffee rust, a plant disease decimates the industry, five year old Ricardo Perez is taken across the Rio Grande in search of a better life with his family. Before Ricardo’s father abandons him and his mother, he instills a love of baseball in his son who manages to combine a little talent and a lot of hard work to secure a low round draft ticket to the minor leagues. He is now struggling through his third year in A-ball as a back-up catcher, barely hitting above The Mendoza Line (.200). His marriage to Christina is on the rocks. Her patience of spending the summers in a small hot valley town with no friends, caring for their two year old son, working two part-time jobs while supporting Ricardo’s progressively unrealistic dream is wearing thin. As undocumented immigrants, they are constantly looking over their shoulders.
Phil Pichette is Ricardo’s manager, disciplinarian, teacher, role model and father figure tasked with indoctrinating young players into the athletic and business realities of the game, while trying to advance his own career and keeping his own marriage on an even keel. Gino Montoya is the sage, veteran roving instructor; the philosopher king, baseball guru and cranky old man of the organization, always one step away from retirement but unwilling to finally cut the baseball cord and always mindful of the racial and cultural barriers he overcame on his way to major league success.
The Mendoza Line takes place in the span of a few days after the June draft when a handful of minor league baseball players will be released to make way for the newest prospects. There is no predictable melodramatic “big game” ending. Ricardo is faced with finality of his baseball dreams, face his limitations, put childish things behind and find a way of adjusting priorities and moving on with life.