Red Sox Press Release
Red sox Foundation and Jennifer and Dennis Eckersley to host advance screening of Disney's "Million Dollar Arm" tomorrow
Members of the Home for Little Wanderers, Red Sox Scholars and RBI Softball and Baseball Programs to attend
BOSTON, MA - The Red Sox Foundation and Jennifer and Dennis Eckersley will host a special advance screening tomorrow, Saturday, May 3, of Disney's "Million Dollar Arm," which hits theaters nationwide on May 16, 2014.
The foundation has invited members of the Home for Little Wanderers and the Red Sox Scholars and RBI programs to attend the screening, which will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the Regal Cinemas Fenway 13 Theater, located at 201 Brookline Avenue in Boston.
The movie, starring Jon Hamm, is based on the true story of sports agent J.B. Bernstein who tries to save his dying career by looking for the next great Major League Baseball pitching star by scouting cricket pitchers in India. As a result, Bernstein discovers pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel. The pair became the first Indians to sign Major League Baseball contracts after signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and playing for the Pirates' Gulf Coast League team.
"We look forward to hosting children and families from the foundation's cornerstone programs and the Home for Little Wanderers for this special screening of Million Dollar Arm," said Red Sox Foundation Board Member Linda Pizzuti Henry. "This movie teaches valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment, and what it means to be a family, and we thank Disney for the opportunity to see the film before it hits theaters with this special group."
The Red Sox Foundation cares for families throughout New England through its award-winning cornerstone programs and support of non-profits. Since its inception in 2002, the foundation has donated more than $68 million to support New England non-profits and funding of its own charitable programs.
The Red Sox Scholars Program is presented by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and run by the foundation. It provides mentoring, enrichment activities and college scholarships to academically-talented, financially-disadvantaged students from Boston Public Schools.
RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) uses baseball and softball to promote healthy choices and valuable life skills among inner city children and teens. Red Sox Foundation funding provides uniforms, equipment, umpires and participation in a regional tournament and other summer enrichment activities.
The Home for Little Wanderers cares for some of the most vulnerable children and families in Massachusetts. The Home makes a positive impact on over 7,000 lives each year through a network of behavioral health services, therapeutic residential, special education, adoption and foster care. It is one of the many charitable organizations the Red Sox Foundation helps support each year.
ABOUT THE MOVIE
Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things aren't going well for his career. In a last ditch effort to save his livelihood he concocts a scheme to find baseball's next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called "The Million Dollar Arm." With the help of cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin), he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from "Slumdog Millionaire") and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from "Life of Pi"), two 18-year-old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India, the boys, who have never left their rural villages, are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball, JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell), learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.
Directed by Craig Gillespie from a screenplay written by Tom McCarthy, Disney's drama "Million Dollar Arm" stars Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma, Lake Bell and Alan Arkin. The producers are Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray and Joe Roth. The executive producers are Palak Patel, Kevin Halloran, Bill Simmons and Connor Schell. The film will be released in the United States on May 16, 2014.