Monday, January 10, 2011

Documentary: "Speak for Yourself: The Jordan Levin Story"

"Speak for Yourself: The Jordan Levin Story" is a documentary being produced by Detroit-based Stunt3 Multimedia.

The company, under the direction of President/CEO Brian Kruger and Senior Creative Director Buddy Moorehouse, has produced several high-profile documentaries, including:

• "The Girl in Centerfield: The Story of Carolyn King and the Summer That Changed Youth Baseball." The film is the story of 12-year-old Carolyn King, who broke down Little League's gender barrier in 1973, becoming the first girl to play a full season of Little League in defiance of the national organization. "The Girl in Centerfield" is currently on the festival circuit, and has been featured on ESPN, and in USA Today and the Detroit Free Press. It will air on TV in the summer of 2011.

• "The Legend of Pinky Deras: The Greatest Little Leaguer There Ever Was," the story of Art "Pinky" Deras, who led Hamtramck, Mich., to the 1959 Little League World Series championship, and is considered the best Little Leaguer of all time. "The Legend of Pinky Deras" aired on ABC and Fox Sports Detroit in the summer and fall of 2010, and has been nominated for a Michigan Emmy Award. The acclaimed film will also be featured at the 2011 Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto - the premier documentary film festival in North America.

• "Running Strong: The Tom Nowatzke Story." The film tells the tale of Tom Nowatzke, an Indiana farm boy who went on to star for the Baltimore Colts, scoring one of the most important touchdowns in Super Bowl history. "Running Strong" will be airing on the NFL Network in 2011.

Stunt3 Multimedia is also developing "The Girl in Centerfield" into a Hollywood feature film. The film rights have been optioned to producer Mike Karz ("Valentine's Day"), with screenwriter Eric Champnella ("Mr. 3000," "Eddie") signed on to write the script. Filming is expected to take place in the summer of 2011.

Kruger and Moorehouse are represented by agents Ava Jamshidi and Josie Freedman of ICM (International Creative Management) in Los Angeles.

With its powerful message of courage and determination, Stunt3 Multimedia plans to put "Speak for Yourself" on the 2011-2012 festival circuit, including at Sundance, Slamdance, Hot Docs and the Traverse City Film Festival. Following that, the film will be released either theatrically or on TV, with a likely destination being Lifetime, Hallmark, OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network), HBO, Showtime or PBS. A DVD and digital-download release will follow.

On the heels of the documentary's release, Stunt3 Multimedia will also be pursuing feature-film opportunities for Jordan Levin's story.