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Tax Credits may be on hold but The Show Must Go On.

Even though Ghost Player LLC just received notice that the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED) is suspending all performance under contract effective as of September 18, 2009, the show must go on. The movie Ghost Player: Relive the Magic was under contract and completed in Sept of 2009. Since then the 56 minute documentary has been promoted from Las Vegas NV to Cooperstown NY and from Louisville KY to Chisholm MN. It was nominated as Best Documentary in the Naperville IL Film Festival, screened in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and now nominated Best Documentary in The Wild Rose Independent Film Festival held in the State Capital of Iowa, Des Moines.

Producer/director Joe Scherrman was getting ready to apply for the tax incentive when the program came to an abrupt halt. "It’s starting to put a pinch on cash flow but in the long run it’ll be good for the industry." stated Mr. Scherrman. "Years ago I started working on the idea of making a documentary about the team of middle aged baseball players from the movie Field of Dreams. Now that the movie is complete it’s great to see people around the country share in the stories, adventures and misadventures of the Ghost Players."

"The IDED is asking me to provide information setting fourth the current status as well as an itemization of total expenses and qualified expenditures (including the date of the expense or expenditure) incurred up to September 18, 2009. With regard to the qualified expenditures, I’m to identify each Iowa resident of Iowa based business to which payments were made. The information will be of assistance to IDED in determining what further steps IDED may take with respect to my project. The greatest show on dirt must go on”, Joe Scherrman remarked with a grin.

GHOST PLAYER has received support from The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, and is funded-in-part-by grants from the Iowa Community Cultural Grant Program (Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs) and the Historical Resource Development Program (Historical Society of Iowa). Additional support comes from the Targeted Industries Internship Program (Iowa Department of Economic Development), and an endowment of $10,000 exists with The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque for the project.


Sponsors DreamCatcher Community Foundation Low and Inside Metro Studios Case IH