FIDDLER’S CREEK PRODUCTIONS

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The Project:

Our project is a narrative short film based on the short story Acito On the Mound written by Gene Miller.  Gene recently lost his close friend Joe Acito and to cope with his passing he wrote a story about a baseball game the two played together in 1963.  A story Joe liked to recount about a rough day he had pitching and how he had to dig deep to find the moxie needed to try and get himself out of an inning.  Gene’s story tells the tale with humor and heart.  It speaks about the spirit of baseball and brings to life the players who love the game.  Most of all it celebrates the joy of life, explored through Joe Acito’s day on the mound.  If you  have not read this wonderful story, please follow this LINK to the article that was published in “Cincinnati Magazine.”


Fiddler’s Creek Productions has adapted Acito On the Mound into a screenplay that is true to the story Gene wrote.  The movie will capture all the great qualities of his short story while returning us to the narrator’s past and the baseball game he played with his friend in 1963.  This film will possess the same feel as classics such as The Natural and Field of Dreams but speak in its own voice about baseball and life.

The group at Fiddler’s Creek Productions has over fifty years experience in the film industry:


Shawn Lewallen (Director, Producer, Writer) has directed, produced, and written numerous features, short films, music videos, and commercials.  He has worked for over a decade as a cinematographer and he looks forward to bringing Acito On the Mound to life on screen.


Derek Tindall (Cinematographer, Producer) has worked in all aspects of the industry for over a decade.  To Get Her, a film Derek recently shot, won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, as well cinematography honors at several other festivals.


Benedict Fancy (UPM, Producer) has been a prolific filmmaker since he came to the States from England.  He is currently directing the documentary It’s A Strange World:  The Filming of Blue Velvet and has been invited by the UCLA film program to workshop his screenplay Jodie.


Shane Callahan (Editor, Producer), a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, has been working in the film industry for 17 years as a producer, editor, and actor.  He co-produced and edited a documentary called, Bell Rung:  An Alarming Portrait Of Professional Football.  It is currently being featured on “USA Today’s” website.


The members of Fiddler’s Creek Productions will utilize their contacts in the industry to acquire the best equipment for free or at discounted rates.  Those connections will also allow us to put together a cast and crew of seasoned industry professionals who will donate their time and talents to the project.  With our experience and knowledge, Fiddler’s Creek Productions will create a film that conveys the heart of the story with a production value that makes extraordinary use of the monetary resources we will have to produce the film.


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The Filmmakers:

All films cost money to make and we need donations to make this movie.  This is where you can help bring Acito On the Mound to the screen.  As we said before, our cast and crew will be donating their time and talent for free but we still need to feed them.  There will also be some cost for equipment, but the biggest expenditure for the film will be the art direction.  From the period costumes to giving a modern ballpark the look of a field from 1963, there will be a heavy cost if it is going to be believable.  With your donation we can make it happen.


How much do we need?

We need to raise $7500.





How do you donate? 

Just click the donate button above to make a contribution through PayPal.  Then just follow their easy instructions.


(If you feel more comfortable mailing a check.)

Please make it out to:  Fiddler’s Creek Productions


Addressed to:

Attn:  Shawn Lewallen

Fiddler’s Creek Productions

131 Yorktown Drive

Wilmington, NC 28401


We are not a non-profit organization.

Cost:

$10

Our sincere thanks for helping us make “Acito On the Mound”.


$25

Special Thanks in the end credits of the movie.


$50

A DVD copy of “Acito On the Mound” and Special Thanks in the end credits.


$100

A limited edition “Acito On the Mound” T-Shirt, a DVD copy of  “Acito On the Mound” and Special Thanks in the end credits.


$250

A limited edition “Acito On the Mound” poster, a limited edition “Acito On the Mound” T-Shirt, a DVD copy of “Acito On the Mound” and Special Thanks in the end credits.


$500

A “Funded by” credit for the movie in the end credits, a limited edition “Acito On the Mound” T-Shirt, a DVD copy of “Acito On the Mound” and a limited edition poster.


$1000

An “Associate Producer” credit for the movie, a limited edition “Acito On the Mound” T-Shirt, a DVD copy of “Acito On the Mound” and a limited edition poster.


$1500

A “Co-Executive Producer” credit for the movie, a limited edition “Acito On the Mound” T-Shirt, a DVD copy of “Acito On the Mound” and a limited edition poster.


$2000

An “Executive Producer” credit for the movie, a limited edition “Acito On the Mound” T-Shirt, a DVD copy of “Acito On the Mound” and a limited edition poster.


Perks are available after the film has been completed.

Perks for your contribution:

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Acito On the Mound

(If you feel more comfortable mailing a check.)

Please make it out to:  Fiddler’s Creek Productions

Addressed to:

Attn:  Shawn Lewallen

Fiddler’s Creek Productions

131 Yorktown Drive

Wilmington, NC 28401

Pictured above are: Front row--left to right: Ray Schlinkert '63, Rick Stiens '63, Larry Dreyer '63, and Bob Wolfel.

Back row--left to right: Bob Murphy '63, Jerry Federle, Ron Trentman '63, George Clark, Bob Reis '63, Ray Schafer '63, Gene Miller '63, Bob Schutte '63, Joe Acito '63, Roger Nadler, Coach Howard Trentman '40, and Mick Brady '62

We are not a non-profit organization.