Ghost Town to Havana
Ghost Town to Havana

Ghost Town to Havana

Director Eugene Corr, Roberto “Chile” Perez

Production year 2015

Length 86min.

Country USA/Cuba

SYNOPSIS

A life rampant, street level story of mentorship and everyday heroism in tough circumstances. An inner city coach's son, estranged in his youth from his father, spends five years on ball fields in inner city Oakland and Havana, following the lives of two extraordinary youth baseball coaches, Roscoe in Oakland and Nicolas in Havana. The coaches meet on videotape and two years of red tape later, Coach Roscoe and nine Oakland players travel to Havana to play Coach Nicolas' team. For one week, the players and coaches eat, dance, swim, argue and play baseball together. But when the parent of an Oakland player is murdered back home, it brings back the inescapable reality and challenges of life in an American inner city.

CAST & CREW

Eugene Corr
Eugene Corr

Director

Producer

Eugene Corr, Roberto “Chile” Perez, Gary Weinberg

Script

Eugene Corr

Director of Photography

Roberto “Chile” Perez

Music by

Greg Landau, Camilo Landau, Vission Latina, One Drop Scott, The Jamming Nachos

Sound

Philip Perkins

Edit

Gary Weinberg, Matthew Baldwin

Production company

Playtwo Pictures

Eugene Corr

From ages 17-26, Eugene Corr was a factory worker, warehouse man, forklift driver, crane operator, auto, steel, and cannery worker. He started his career in film in 1973 as a member of Cine Manifest, a radical San Francisco film group in the 1970s. A restored print of his first feature, Over-Under, Sideways-Down, screened recently at the Film Anthology Center in NYC. Eugene Corr has broad experience in both fiction and non-fiction filmmaking. He wrote and directed the feature documentary Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter's Journey (with Robert Hillmann), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award (1991). He also wrote and directed the dramatic feature film, Desert Bloom (with Jon Voight, AnnaBeth Gish, Sélection Officielle, Cannes IFF, 1986). Corr has worked as a second unit director on major motion pictures (Bull Durham, Cobb), written or co-written dramatic features (Prefontaine, Never Cry Wolf, Wildrose), and written for TV. He has also directed episodic television. His current documentary, Ghost Town to Havana (2015) has been on the festival circuit.


Filmography

Over-Under Sideways-Down (1977), Desert Bloom (1986), Crime Story (1988), Miami Vice (1989), Dream Street (1989), Against the Law (1990), Shannon's Deal (1991), I'll Fly Away (1991), Arli$$ (1997), Nothing Sacred (1997), Ghost Town to Havana (2015, co-dir.).


Roberto “Chile” Perez
Roberto “Chile” Perez

Director

Roberto “Chile” Perez

Cuban director of photography, co-producer, co-director. Widely regarded as one of Cuba's finest cinematographers, Chile's images have traveled the world. He has worked as director of photography on hundreds of documentaries including productions for ABC, CBS, NBC, Discovery Channel and the Halogroup in the United States; NHK and TV Asahi of Japan; Canal Arte of France; and O Globo y Manchete of Brazil. Chile creates frames of great depth and stunning visual beauty, perfect to capture the raucous, sensuous, color-saturated vitality of Cuba. Among his important documentaries are: When I think of Che, Lennon in Havana, Cuban Art Series, and the documentary series, Spiked Wings. He has received dozens of awards in national and international competitions.


Filmography

When I think of Che (1987), Fúster, guajiro de costa (2005, short), En mis ojos brilles tú (2005, short), Desafio (2005, short), Soy Tato Nganga (2012, short), Ghost Town to Havana (2015, co-dir.).

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