Wednesday, April 20, 2011

An Update on the Boys of Summer

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 2:33 PM

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Some time ago, I did a writeup on a film made in 2004 called The Boys of Summer. It's a documentary about a man named Robert Cochrane and his father, who was suffering from Parkinson's Disease, taking a cross-country trip to visit all 30 major league baseball stadiums. It was a remarkable film, and I actually own a DVD copy of it when it gained a limited release a couple years ago with the proceeds benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation. 

Side note: looking at my previous post on the subject, it took me at least 30 seconds before I could remember why I would be ragging on Jeff Suppan in relation to a documentary. Kind of funny, actually; I know I don't like the guy, and for some reason completely unrelated to his crappiness as a pitcher, but for the life of me I couldn't recall what he had done to piss me off. 

I received an email from Mr. Cochrane yesterday, and he is now making the full film available online via his website, He's actually using the website and film now as part of his master's thesis, trying to study the effects of social media on independently released films and the like. You can watch the film, you can donate if you like (to the MJF Foundation, that is), that sort of thing. At the very least it's a chance to get some more eyeballs on a project that deserves more attention than it has gotten to date. 

I would encourage anyone who hasn't yet had the chance to see the film to visit the website and check it out. Give Cochrane some research material, and give yourself a viewing experience you won't soon forget. It's incredibly affecting, and the more people who see it the better, as far as I'm concerned. 

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