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Wild Rose Independent Film Festival
Ghost Player Nominated For Best Documentary
You are invited to the screening of the Field of Dreams
Ghost Player movie. Nominated for Best Documentary
in the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival, "Ghost
Player: Relive the Magic" will be screened on
Saturday November 7 at the State Historical Building
600 E. Locust St. Des Moines, IA. Ticket Price $7
FESTIVAL MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The wild rose is the official flower of the state of Iowa,
a thing of beauty growing "in the wild." The Wild Rose
Independent Film Festival is a celebration of the vast,
diverse, bizarre, hilarious, beautiful cinema art being
created by independent moviemakers outside the
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Now in its seventh year, The 2009 Wild Rose
Independent Film Festival will be held November 5-8
at the Iowa State Historical Building in Des Moines,
Attracting entries from across the U.S. as well as many
international entries, and awarding films and
filmmakers in over 20 categories, this year's Wild Rose
also includes cash prizes! Offering Workshops, a
Special Guest Speaker, and a culminating Awards
Ceremony, the WRIFF is an exciting event for both
filmmakers and film buffs.
Held in the popular East Village Cultural and
Entertainment District and just walking distance from a
wide range of shops, restaurants, brewpubs, live
music venues, and nearby Downtown hotels, "The
Wild Rose" is fast becoming one of the top trendy,
indie film festivals in the Midwest.
Wild Rose Independent Film Festival Summary
Ghost Player Screening A Success
The recent trip to Cooperstown, NY was such an
amazing weekend in October.
The time spent with Ron (Hank) Lucas went fast as we
traveled from Iowa to New York and was just
Nothing like jumping into a plane with Hank to bring
back the Ghost Player memories of trips long past.
Curits Mack joined us from Florida and we hit the Hall
of Fame, eager to see the sites, talk with filmmakers,
and watch the other baseball films. What amazing
The filmmakers and festival organizers treated us well.
Hank & Mac were a hit as they shared stories of
baseball and of our travels as Ghost Players.
What an honor to have GHOST PLAYER shown as the
last screened film of the festival. Once the screening
was over and the audience questions were fielded, it
was time to get ready for the awards ceremony. Hank
and Mac participated in the Q & A.
The festival judges were complimentary to the project
and treated it well. Rob Edelman had to withhold his
comments as he was credited in the movie for the
submitted stories he made to the movie's companion
book, TRAVELS WITH GHOSTS AND OTHER TALES.
We didn't come home with the top trophy but being
one of the runners up is still pretty sweet. Sounds like
Iowa Public Television may run the movie again
during Thanksgiving weekend. Also talked with a
production and distribution company in Sydney,
Australia to introduce the movie into the Australian/NZ
Road trip anyone?
See Ghost Player Video Summary at Hall of Fame
Rally At The Iowa Capitol
Iowa Film Industry - A Positive Venture
Representatives from DreamCatcher Productions and
Great River Film Initiative (GRFI) traveled west to
Iowa's Capital in Des Moines to rally with other
filmmakers on October 15, 2009.
Actors, artists, directors and producers assembled on
the west stairs for a press conference about the future
of Iowa's Film Industry. Though the temperature was
cool and the rains fell media crews and moviemakers
discussed the ideas they hoped to share with
Governor Chet Culver.
The thirty plus citizens entered the Capital passing
through security as cameras rolled. The Governor was
not in so the group presented his staff with a three-
step process to save the film industry.
Suzie Wright, president of the Great River Film
Initiative, and Joe Scherrman fellow board member of
GRFI and owner of DreamCatcher Productions
attended the rally to advocate Iowa's Film Industry.
While there Ms Wright and Mr. Scherrman dropped off
a copy of the movie "Ghost Player: Relive the Magic"
and the companion book "Travels With Ghosts and
Other Tales". Along with the DVD and book they
distributed lenticular postcards featuring the men
made famous in the movie Field of Dreams. The
postcard was a hit amongst staff members and
"We unified the rift with postcards", joked Suzie Wright.
"It may be an over statement but people really enjoyed
talking about the Ghost Players and their adventures.
It lightened the moment."
"It was nice to leave behind evidence of how the film
industry is good for Iowa. I hope the Governor and his
family enjoy the movie and the antics of the Ghost
Player as they represented Iowa around the world.
What an adventure", Joe remarked.
The film has now been shown in: Iowa and Wisconsin
Public Television; Chisholm, Minnesota; Las Vegas,
Nevada; Naperville, Illinois; and in Cooperstown, New
York at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Talks are
on going with the National Education Association
(NETA) and with a production and distribution
company in Sydney, Australia to introduce the movie
into the Australian/NZ markets.
View Video Clip of Rally in Des Moines IA
Naperville Independent Film Festival
Letter From Festival Founder to Ghost Player
Dear Ghosts!!!! We so loved having you here at the
festival. Still talking about downtown Naperville walk.
I also have the lenticular post card on the front of my
NIFF folder, and everyone wants to know what it is,
and what it's about. And Polly and Rick took your info
back to Portland, Oregon and really spread the word
about what a wonderful undertaking you people did.
Thanks again, and come on back for a visit!
FOUNDER: NAPERVILLE INDEPENDENT FILM
2009 Naperville Independant Film Festival Highlight Video
Purchase "Ghost Player: Relive The Magic" DVD
Order Ghost Player The Documentary Today!
GHOST PLAYER: Relive The Magic, The Team. The
Times. The History - Home Edition DVD Movie. ISBN:
GHOST PLAYER tells the story of how this zany team
ranging from a farmer to a state representative moved
audiences around the world and changed the players'
lives forever. From Dyersville, Iowa, we follow the
Ghost Players around the world as warm hearted,
comedic ambassadors of the best that the American
Heartland has to offer - baseball, tomfoolery and good
old-fashioned family fun. We see them bring the
comfort that only baseball can give to men and women
stationed in the military in the far-flung corners of the
world. But most of all, we witness how America's
favorite pastime and a Hollywood movie set can give
one group of men from a small Iowa town a second
chance to live the life they've always dreamed.
GHOST PLAYER: RELIVE THE MAGIC
THE TEAM. THE TIMES. THE HISTORY.
"Ghost Player: Relive The Magic" DVD Purchase Details
Purchase "Travels with Ghosts & Other Tales" Book
Order The Brand New Ghost Player Book Today!
Travels with Ghosts and Other Tales - Home Edition
Book. ISBN: 978-0-9840878-0-8
and MLB Hall of Famers grace the pages of this
retrospective on Ghost Player baseball.
The Ghost Players team started as a lark that soon
grew into something amazing that changed the lives of
the players and the community they represented
forever. They traveled the world and shared the magic
of baseball with the Japanese people and US military
personal and families in Asia, Europe and North
This image-rich coffee table book has a wonderful
mixture of moments preserved for readers to enjoy.
Roughly 200 pages of 4-color photos. The book holds
stories, poems and images of the team told through
the voices of players, family and fans. Many of the
stories are those of the players but included are
stories from fans from as far away as Alaska and
Japan. Also included is a piece from Rob Edelman,
author of Great Baseball Films and Baseball on the
Web. Other members of the Society of American
Baseball Researcher Association (SABR) are
participating as well.
The compositor has been Shepherd Incorporated and
the publisher is DreamCatcher Productions. We have
created, printed and bound the book all in Iowa.
"Travels with Ghosts & Other Tales" Book Purchase Details
Ghost Player, LLC is organized under the Limited
Liability Company Act, Chapter 490A, Code of Iowa
and is the "Producer" for the Field of Dreams Ghost
Player project. As "Producer" Ghost Player LLC is
responsible for financing, finding the creative and
artist feel, getting the film developed, produced and
FIELD OF DREAMS GHOST PLAYERS
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.