The Natural

Virtual Education Seminar “The Natural” with guest author Dennis Snelling

Dennis will be talking about the similarities and differences between the book and the film, some of the themes of the story, and also about some of the real-life inspirations for the story, Joe Jackson and the Black Sox scandal, and shootings of two ballplayers, Billy Jurges and Eddie Waitkus, that serve as the basis for the shooting of Roy Hobbs in the film.

Nothing was going to stop Roy Hobbs from fulfilling his boyhood dream of baseball superstardom. 14-year-old Hobbs fashions a powerful bat from a fallen oak tree. He soon impresses major league scouts with his ability, fixing his extraordinary talent in the mind of sportswriter Max Mercy, who eventually becomes instrumental in Hobb’s career. But a meeting with a mysterious woman shatters his dream. Years pass and an older Hobbs reappears as a rookie from The New York Knights. Overcoming physical pain and defying those who have a stake in seeing the Knights lose, Hobbs, with his boyhood bat, has his chance to lead the Knights to the pennant and to finally fulfill his dream.

HOW WILL THIS WORK?

When you register for this virtual education seminar, the program will be presented in three parts.

On Monday, August 17, you’ll receive an email to download and watch a pre-taped lecture, to view before the film at your convenience.

Then, you can go off and watch the film on your own. Please note, The State is not able to provide the film ourselves, but you can find where to stream it here.

Make sure you watch the film before the discussion, which will take place on Thursday, August 20 at 7:00pm PST over Zoom. Before the discussion, you can submit questions for the instructor here: virtual@thestate.org. You’ll also have the opportunity to submit questions during the discussion!

We’re moving quickly to put this new service in place, so please be patient if we run into some initial technical issues. Have more questions? Visit our FAQ page here.

 

Extra Innings

Virtual Education Seminar “Extra Innings” with writer/director Albert Dabah!

BASEBALL. FAMILY. RELIGION.

Brooklyn, 1960s – At 12 years old, David Sabah feels trapped. The youngest of four in a traditional and devout Syrian Jewish family, his parents Esther and Eli hold him to extremely high standards, hoping to raise him into an ideal member of the New York Jewish business community. His oldest brother, Morris, diagnosed with schizophrenia, is locked away upstairs as a family secret, while his oldest sister, Vivian, was estranged long ago for her rejection of traditional Jewish values. Only his sister Rita remains in the good graces of the family, devoted to her role. Fearful of becoming a black-sheep like Morris and Vivian, he struggles to balance his pursuit of happiness and his filial duty as tensions rise amidst his family in light of a tragic loss.

David finds peace through his love for baseball, and even more surprisingly, a natural aptitude for it. When David is offered a scholarship to play baseball for a college in California, all the way across the country, his family couldn’t be more furious. Encouraged by Vivian to follow his dreams, he must decide whether carving his own future is worth cutting ties with everything he’s ever known.

But no matter what he decides to do, the greatest challenge he will ultimately confront will be his grief. Based on the true story of writer and director Albert Dabah, Extra Innings is a powerfully sentimental glimpse at the true human impact of mental illness on a family, and the complex condition that guides us all: Hope.

HOW WILL THIS WORK?

When you register for this virtual education seminar, the program will be presented in three parts.

1) On Monday, August 24th, you will receive a pre-talk discussion link to enjoy before you watch the film.

 

2) You will also receive a link to purchase the film, you can watch over 72 hours.  50% of the proceeds from your purchase will go directly to The State Theatre.

 

3) You can email questions in advance to virtual@thestate.org.  You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions during the discussion!

 

4) Finally, The online discussion will take place, August 27th at 7:00 pm PST over Zoom.

We’re moving quickly to put this new service in place, so please be patient if we run into some initial technical issues. Have more questions? Visit our FAQ page here.