The President's Cup, a new documentary film about an annual high school baseball tournament sponsored by the Office of Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young and directed by Julie Simon, associate professor in the University of Baltimore's School of Communications Design, will premiere at UB on Tuesday, April 2 at 6 p.m. The film follows the progress of the second annual tournament, which took place in 2012, and makes its public debut while this year's tournament is under way. Team members, their families and friends will be special guests at the premiere, which will take place in UB's Wright Theater, located in the UB Student Center, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave. Council President Young also will be in attendance, along with UB Provost Joseph Wood and other officials. The event is free and open to the public.
Simon, a former network television producer and a longtime educator at UB, said the film explores the ways that the game of baseball can bring together boys of vastly different backgrounds—and how that "bit of magic" happens.
"I was interested in whether the premise of putting together these kids from very different backgrounds could work, on the baseball field and as a film," Simon said. "At first I was skeptical, especially knowing that high school students aren't always open to questions about what inspires them. But there's a bit of magic about baseball: Even though these players seem to have very little in common, the President's Cup tournament really brings out their mutual love of the game. In the end, they're all just kids playing ball. It was a highly satisfying experience for me as a filmmaker and an educator."
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