Documentary: Sulphur Dell

Sulphur Dell was Nashville’s storied ballpark, but the claim of its significance went far beyond local fans’ love for baseball. Its bis3wide-ranging notoriety was asserted on the famous marquee’ atop the entrance: “Baseball’s Most Historic Park Since 1870”.

For 100 years the ballpark hosted ballgames, concerts, circuses, and rodeos. When it was demolished in 1969, the memories remained through photos and other images; many recollections remained in the hearts and minds of those who witnessed the events that took place.

A few months ago I met Joshua R. Maxwell, and over lunch we began to discuss the possibility of producing a documentary about Sulphur Dell. Joshua is co-author with Kevin D. McCann of The Kitty League (2012, Arcadia Publishing). He also wrote, directed, and produced a recent documentary about the league, The KITTY League: Hometown Heroes.

Hopper-Kitty-PosterThe movie premiered at the Alhambra Theatre in Hopkinsville, Kentucky on May 29. It is an impressive film from an impressive young man.

A second meeting led us to a concept that will result in a documentary about Sulphur Dell. Together we have the research capability, knowledge, and experience that will produce an impressive story in a format for generations to come. We have already begun to accumulate our interview list, images library, and scripts.

The Nashville Sounds have agreed to assist us as we frame the old ballpark with the new First Tennessee Park.

A Kickstarter campaign has been developed for funding to get us up and running (click here to access). There are pledge levels that include various premiums in exchange for monetary support. Our goal is to raise $5,500.00 and we have 30 days to do it.

If you would join us in our endeavor, we would greatly appreciate your support. There is a brief summary on the funding site, but we know you may have additional questions. We are willing to answer any questions you may have:

Skip Nipper                         skip@sulphurdell.com

Joshua Maxwell                westkyvideo@gmail.com

© Skip Nipper. All Rights Reserved.

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