SLIFF: Knuckleball!

Sat, Nov 10th, 2012 4:00 pm
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SLIFF: Knuckleball!

The latest masterwork from directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg – whose diverse filmography includes “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” “The Devil Came on Horseback,” and “The Trials of Darryl Hunt” – “Knuckleball!” follows the Major League’s only knuckleballers in 2011, Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey, as they pursue a mercurial art form in a world that values speed and accuracy. The 45-year-old Wakefield is a 17-year veteran and Red Sox fan favorite striving to attain the deeply personal milestone of 200 career wins. Dickey is an articulate 34-year-old neophyte trying to fight his way out of the minor-league system with the New York Mets. With extraordinary access, the film follows their personal quests at the ballpark, on the road, and at home with family, and a Greek chorus of past knuckleballers, including Hall of Famer Phil Niekro, Charlie Hough, and Jim Bouton, provides solace and advice.

With co-directors Stern and Sundberg, Women in Film Award honorees, on Nov. 16.

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