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"People's Baseball Hall of Fame" documentary makes Mid-West premiere at the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival

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  • The world-famous San Diego Chicken takes a liking to producer/director Jon Leonoudakis during an interview at San Diego's Petco Park.Peter Padua

      The world-famous San Diego Chicken takes a liking to producer/director Jon Leonoudakis during an interview at San Diego's Petco Park.Peter Padua

 
Jon Leonoudakis

While the National Hall of Fame prepares for it's 75th anniversary this weekend, a left-coast version of the hall of fame steps into the batter's box this Friday at the 5th annual Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival in Palatine, Illinois.

Not Exactly Cooperstown, an unorthodox look at America's most orthodox game, will have its Mid-West premiere this Friday at 4 p.m. at Cutting Hall, in Palatine, Illinois.

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The film features the Baseball Reliquary, a grassroots, non-profit, anti-establishment left-coast version of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. It's the only hall of fame that allows fans to vote for inductees, earning it the title of "the People's Hall of Fame".

Filmmaker Jon Leonoudakis describes the film as, "quirky, funny, and poignant, Not Exactly Cooperstown is a bold stew of Americana, folklore, sex, religion, scandal, fandom, poetry, sport, and art".

The feature-length documentary has been screened at the national Baseball Hall of Fame and is now part of its permanent archive.

It features perspectives from such free-thinkers as author and New York Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton, filmmaker Ron Shelton ("Bull Durham", "Cobb"), former Red Sox pitcher Bill "Spaceman" Lee, author Arnold Hano ("A Day in the Bleachers"), the San Diego Chicken and former Chicago Sun-Times sportswriter John Schulian ("Twilight of the Baseball Gods").

A brief Q&A with producer/director Jon Leonoudakis will follow the screening.

More information is available on the film's website, notexactlycooperstown.com

Press contact: Jon Leonoudakis can be reached at:

jbgreek@earthlink.net

818-903-5919 (cell)

Screening info: 4:00 p.m., Friday, July 25, Cutting Hall. Tickets are $5.00

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