Cannon Street Boys in the can

Filming has wrapped on The Cannon Street Boys, a short film funded by a S.C. Film Commission grant. It’s inspired by the true story of 1955’s only Little League baseball team with all African American players. White teams refused to compete with them and quit the league to form the Dixie Baseball for Boys program. This left the Cannon Street All Stars to advance unchallenged to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., where they were not allowed to play because their advance was based on forfeited games.

The 20-minute film is directed by Jason Scott and co-produced by Ben Hammock and Joe Pinto. It features 40-50 extras and 15 local and Southeastern actors. Pinto says that casting the Little Leaguers was a challenge. “We had a hard time finding a team of baseball players who could act, and actors who could play. It was also tough to make a period piece, but the art department did a great job.”

The learning process is an important part of the Film Commission’s grant remit. The filmmakers were assisted by other industry professionals as well as team historian Augustus Holt, Cannon Street Y President Paul Stoney, and students from Trident Technical College. The $100,000 film is now being edited with a completion date set for October.

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