May 5, 2015
JFI presents May’s Online Short, the epic and uplifting KING OF JEWISH BASEBALL, from writer and director Danny Dwyer and starring Nate Fish, the King of Jewish Baseball.
A baseball superhero, with nothing more than a bat, a baseball, a crown, some bagels, and a mensch-like attitude, roams the streets of New York, dolling out life advice and happiness to neighborhood children and protecting his fellow neighbors in distress.
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What inspired you to make the film?
DD: This film was born out of pure joy. Nate simply wanted to take batting practice in the streets of New York City. It was just a matter of us getting to the point of not caring and making it happen…and so we did.
What was your greatest challenge during the filmmaking process?
DD: The greatest challenge of making the film really was getting from location to location. Since it was such a guerrilla process we had a group full of kids following us around, with locals asking pardons and requests from the King.
Any thoughts you’d like to share about screening this film in a Jewish context?
DD: Thank you for giving us the opportunity to screen it here. Nothing is better than sharing an experience with as many people as you can.
What film/media has inspired you lately?
DD: As of now I am following a couple of commercial and film directors. “Daniels” is one that comes to mind, they are making really dope stuff. I just saw “It Follows.” I’m not a big horror genre guy but when it’s done well and has relevant meaning, it sticks, and that film did a great job of that.
What do you do when you’re not filmmaking?
Take pictures, ride snowboards, and motorcycles.
Lastly, gefilte fish: delicious or disgusting?
Hmmm, that’s a tough one. I guess it depends who’s making it. I mean–I’ve been hammered every time I tried it. I’ll pay attention next time.
About the Director:
With a VCR for a babysitter, Dwyer found early influences in age-appropriate classics like Dolamite, GoodFellas, and Apocalypse Now. He was soon stealing his sister’s Video8 Camera to make backyard films with flimsy plot lines and primordial special effects. Since then, he has sharpened his skills on a succession of original shorts, while regularly directing commercial projects.Dwyer has had the pleasure of working with A-list actors like Peter Dinklage, Shailene Woodley, and Taryn Manning, cultural icons including Oprah Winfrey and Alicia Keys, top models and musicians. He currently resides in Paradise…..Brooklyn, NY.
About the Actor:
Nate Fish, better known as the King of Jewish Baseball, is the National Executive Director for the Israel Association of Baseball. Fish is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he played college baseball at the University of Cincinnati and professionally in Israel and Germany, and lived in New York City for ten years prior to moving to Israel to become the first full-time employee in baseball in the country’s history. In addition to coaching and playing baseball, Fish is an artist, writer, and DJ.