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Nashville Baseball Documentary: A Work in Progress

Over a year ago I was approached by Joshua Maxwell about my interest in producing a documentary about Nashville baseball history, centered on the city’s historic ballpark, Sulphur Dell. He had produced “The Kitty League: Hometown Heroes” in 2015, an excellent documentary about the heroes of the class D minor league that spanned four states, and their very unique stories from as far back as the early 1900s.

We agreed to co-produce, combining his skills in the techniques of audio and video recording with my love for research and collecting.

A Kickstarter campaign was begun to allow Joshua to purchase the appropriate equipment and assorted needs to get the project off on the right foot. 45 backers pledged $5,790, along with our own support, to help bring this project to life.

Since then, we have accumulated over nine hours of video footage from interviews, Nashville Sounds and Tennessee Vintage Baseball game footage, and scoured image files at Metro Archives and Tennessee State Library & Archives along with personal collections.

We had been hopeful of premiering our collaboration last year, but there was so much more to do. Besides, producing a film to fit in an hour time  slot was a bit overwhelming, so we decided to postpone our project until July, 2017.

We have learned that mid-summer is not the best time to release a baseball movie.

We are asking for your patience once again, as it is imperative that the quality of our documentary is well-worth the telling of the story. Our investors and fans have been very patient, but today we are announcing that in April, 2018, our joint effort will be released.

Be looking for continued updates here, and should anyone have information deemed important to include, please email me at skip@sulphurdell.com or Joshua at westkyvideo@gmail.com.

© 2017 by Skip Nipper. All Rights Reserved.

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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

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