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Documentary Night: THE SPY BEHIND HOME PLATE

DIRECTED BY: Aviva Kempner

 

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Please join us for a post-film Q&A with journalist Ira Berkow

ABOUT THE FILM:

Award-winning filmmaker Aviva Kempner tells the real story of Moe Berg, the enigmatic and brilliant major league baseball player who became a spy for the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II. This full-length feature documentary explores the broader landscape of his immigrant Jewish upbringing, why he was called the brainiest man in baseball, and his many courageous OSS missions geared towards preventing the Nazis from developing the atomic bomb. From the streets of Newark to five major league teams during baseball’s Golden Age to his secret life as a spy, Berg’s improbable story is told with rare historical footage and revealing interviews with family and an All-Star roster from the worlds of history, sports and spy craft.

ABOUT IRA BERKOW:

Ira Berkow, a sports columnist and feature writer for The New York Times for 26 years, shared the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2001 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer for Distinguished Commentary in 1988. He was also a reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune and was a columnist for the Newspaper Enterprise Association. He is the author of 26 books, including the best sellers Red: A Biography of Red Smith and Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar. His work has frequently been reprinted in the prestigious anthology series, Best American Sports Writing, as well as the 1999 anthology Best American Sports Writing of the Century. Born and raised in Chicago, and with degrees from Miami University and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Berkow was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

 

LANGUAGE: English

RATING: NR

RUNNING TIME: 91 minutes

 

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